AWS Security Blog

Category: Amazon EC2

How to enable secure seamless single sign-on to Amazon EC2 Windows instances with AWS SSO

Today, we’re launching new functionality that simplifies the experience to securely access your AWS compute instances running Microsoft Windows. We took on this update to respond to customer feedback around creating a more streamlined experience for administrators and users to more securely access their EC2 Windows instances. The new experience utilizes your existing identity solutions […]

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Forensic investigation environment strategies in the AWS Cloud

When a deviation from your secure baseline occurs, it’s crucial to respond and resolve the issue quickly and follow up with a forensic investigation and root cause analysis. Having a preconfigured infrastructure and a practiced plan for using it when there’s a deviation from your baseline will help you to extract and analyze the information […]

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Securely extend and access on-premises Active Directory domain controllers in AWS

If you have an on-premises Windows Server Active Directory infrastructure, it’s important to plan carefully how to extend it into Amazon Web Services (AWS) when you’re migrating or implementing cloud-based applications. In this scenario, existing applications require Active Directory for authentication and identity management. When you migrate these applications to the cloud, having a locally […]

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Apply the principle of separation of duties to shell access to your EC2 instances

In this blog post, we will show you how you can use AWS Systems Manager Change Manager to control access to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance interactive shell sessions, to enforce separation of duties. Separation of duties is a design principle where more than one person’s approval is required to conclude a critical […]

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Confidential computing: an AWS perspective

Customers around the globe—from governments and highly regulated industries to small businesses and start-ups—trust Amazon Web Services (AWS) with their most sensitive data and applications. At AWS, keeping our customers’ workloads secure and confidential, while helping them meet their privacy and data sovereignty requirements, is our highest priority. Our investments in security technologies and rigorous […]

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Use EC2 Instance Connect to provide secure SSH access to EC2 instances with private IP addresses

In this post, I show you how to use Amazon EC2 Instance Connect to use Secure Shell (SSH) to securely access your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances running on private subnets within an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). EC2 Instance Connect provides a simple and secure way to connect to your EC2 […]

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Review last accessed information to identify unused EC2, IAM, and Lambda permissions and tighten access for your IAM roles

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) helps customers analyze access and achieve least privilege. When you are working on new permissions for your team, you can use IAM Access Analyzer policy generation to create a policy based on your access activity and set fine-grained permissions. To analyze and refine existing permissions, you can use last […]

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Automate Amazon EC2 instance isolation by using tags

Containment is a crucial part of an overall Incident Response Strategy, as this practice allows time for responders to perform forensics, eradication and recovery during an Incident. There are many different approaches to containment. In this post, we will be focusing on isolation—the ability to keep multiple targets separated so that each target only sees […]

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Secure and automated domain membership management for EC2 instances with no internet access

In this blog post, I show you how to deploy an automated solution that helps you fully automate the Active Directory join and unjoin process for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances that don’t have internet access. Managing Active Directory domain membership for EC2 instances in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud is a typical […]

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Automate domain join for Amazon EC2 instances from multiple AWS accounts and Regions

As organizations scale up their Amazon Web Services (AWS) presence, they are faced with the challenge of administering user identities and controlling access across multiple accounts and Regions. As this presence grows, managing user access to cloud resources such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) becomes increasingly complex. AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active […]

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