The dust has settled from the tumultuous rush of AWS re:Invent 2016. Now that we are back to business as usual, it can be easy to lose sight of your pre-conference objectives in favor of impending deadlines. So before the madness of December takes over, let’s take a look at the most talked about announcements, their impact on your approach to security in the cloud, and key tips to make sure your time at re:Invent was not wasted.

What Everyone’s Talking About

There were a number of new product launches at re:Invent, but for simplicity’s sake, we will break it down into Mark Nunnikhoven’s top 7. To hear his take on each of the following, watch his re:Invent re:Cap webinar below.


Amazon Athena: An interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using SQL. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage. You pay only for the queries you run. 

Amazon QuickSight: Now generally available for all customers. QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business analytics service that makes it easy for you to build visualizations and perform ad-hoc analysis. 

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon Recognition: With Rekognition, you can detect objects, scenes, and faces in images. You can also search and compare faces. 

Amazon Lex: With Lex, the same deep learning engine that powers Alexa is now available to any developer, enabling you to bring sophisticated, natural language chatbots to new and existing applications.


Blox: a collection of open source projects for container management and orchestration on Amazon ECS)

Management Tools

EC2 Systems Manager: Easily configure and manage Amazon EC2 and on-premises systems


AWS Shield (Managed DDoS Protection): AWS Shield Standard is available to all AWS customers at no extra cost.

AWS General Announcements

Also new to the North America AWS regions is AWS Canada (Central) Region, unveiled on December 8th!

Who to Connect With

With the conference attendance of around 30,000 this year, chances are you had a few good conversations throughout the week. Now is the time to turn those conversations into connections and follow up by adding contacts on LinkedIn, reaching out by email or engaging on Twitter. Don’t forget to follow Trend Micro and Mark Nunninkhoven on Twitter to get daily updates on the latest security and cloud news.

Where to Look

Missed a few sessions? AWS posts recordings and slides from the conference online for your convenience. Check out Mark’s two sessions to hear about security strategies for any workload or directly from Cengage Learning’s Chief Security Officer, Robert Hotaling on their journey to the cloud.

Serverless to 32 XLarge: A Unified Security Approach To AWS Compute

Lessons from a Chief Security Officer: Achieving Continuous Compliance

For a complete look at re:Invent 2016, watch our re:Invent re:Cap webinar