Changes to the partner program and a new wide area network (WAN) service were among the biggest announcements at this year’s AWS re:Inforce conference.

The cloud provider announced earlier this week that it is introducing expanded security competence to its partner program with the introduction of eight new partner categories, which it claims will make things easier for customers.

In addition, AWS is introducing six new specializations for its MSSP Tier 1 competency partners.

The six categories of specialization are: identity behavior monitoring; Data Privacy Event Management; modern computer security monitoring for containers and serverless technologies; managed application security testing; digital forensics and incident support; and business continuity and ransomware readiness to recover from potentially disruptive events.

AWS says the changes will mean partners are essentially an extension of the provider’s own security team.

The company also announced the general availability of AWS Cloud WAN, a new WAN service that connects on-premises data centers, colocation facilities, branch offices and cloud resources that it claims will “simplify global networking.”

This will allow customers to “define their network configuration, see the health of their global network, and automate routine configuration and security tasks,” AWS added.

Among the new launches is AWS Marketplace Vendor Insights, which aggregates security and compliance information into a unified dashboard so customers have a “one-stop shop” to view public certificates.

Meanwhile, Amazon Detective for Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) will help with security investigations, AWS says, by allowing users to investigate and identify the root cause of security findings or suspicious activity on the control plane of Amazon EKS clusters.

AWS has also extended Amazon Detective so that it now has new capabilities that increase security investigation coverage for Kubernetes workloads running on Amazon EKS.

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