AWS Database Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

Using IAM authentication to connect with pgAdmin Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL or Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) enables you to use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to manage database access for Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instances and Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL clusters. Database administrators can associate database users with IAM users and roles. With IAM database authentication, you don’t need to use a password when you connect to a database cluster. Instead, you […]

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Joining your Amazon RDS DB instances across accounts to a single shared domain

How can you simplify the setup and maintenance and reduce the costs of AWS Managed Microsoft AD directories, while also strengthen the security of your Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for SQL Server DB instances? AWS announced that you can now join your Amazon RDS for SQL Server DB instances deployed across multiple AWS accounts […]

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Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) customers: Update your TLS certificates by March 5, 2020

This post was originally published on January 08, 2020 and has been updated as of February 05, 2020. Please see new dates and suggested timeline below. If you are an Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) customer, you might have received emails from AWS notifying you about rotating your TLS certificates. The TLS certificates for Amazon DocumentDB clusters will […]

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Amazon RDS customers: Update your SSL/TLS certificates by March 5, 2020

This post was originally published on December 20, 2019 and has been updated as of March 4, 2020. Please see new dates and suggested timeline below. IMPORTANT UPDATE: If you are experiencing connectivity issues after the RDS Root CA expires, please skip down to the What do I have to do to maintain connectivity? section. […]

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Securing Amazon RDS and Aurora PostgreSQL database access with IAM authentication

AWS provides two managed PostgreSQL options: Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL and Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL. Both support IAM authentication for managing access to your database. You can associate database users with IAM users and roles to manage user access to all databases from a single location, which avoids issues caused by permissions being out of sync […]

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Bring your own encryption keys to Amazon DynamoDB

Today, Amazon DynamoDB introduced support for customer managed customer master keys (CMKs) to encrypt DynamoDB data. Often referred to as bring your own encryption (BYOE) or bring your own key (BYOK), this functionality lets you create, own, and manage encryption keys in DynamoDB, giving you full control over how you encrypt and manage the security […]

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Enabling SSL encrypted connections to Microsoft SQL Server using AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority

Organizations moving to secure their critical data worry about while it’s both at-rest and in transit. Relational databases are a common example of situations in which business-critical data must be secured. Microsoft SQL Server lets you secure the in-transit data using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. This post reviews the process of enabling SSL encryption […]

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IAM role-based authentication to Amazon Aurora from serverless applications

Storing user names and passwords directly in applications is not a best practice. Saving credentials as plaintext should never occur in a secure application. As a solution, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies can assign permissions that determine who is allowed to manage Amazon Aurora resources. For example, you can use IAM to determine […]

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Performing SQL database client-side encryption for multi-Region high availability

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and Amazon Aurora natively provide encryption at rest to protect the underlying storage of database instances, automated backups, Read Replicas, and snapshots. However, some customers may have greater data protection requirements which require encrypting data in use. For example, encryption is required where tokenization solutions do not fit, such as when […]

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Securing data in Amazon RDS using AWS KMS encryption

Data privacy is essential for organizations in all industries. Encryption services provide one standard method of protecting data from unauthorized access. However, encryption changes data in a way that makes it unreadable without the correct decryption key. Amazon RDS encrypts data by default, using AWS owned keys. However, some customers prefer to encrypt data using […]

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