AWS Security Blog

Category: Foundational (100)

Nine additional AWS cloud service offerings authorized by DISA

I’m excited to share that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has authorized three additional Amazon Web Services (AWS) services at Impact Level (IL) 4 and IL 5 in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions, as well as five additional AWS services and one feature at IL 6 in the AWS Secret Region, under the Department […]

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Whitepaper available: Classic intrusion analysis frameworks for AWS environments

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has released a new whitepaper, Classic intrusion analysis frameworks for AWS environments, to help organizations plan and implement a classic intrusion analysis framework for AWS environments. This whitepaper provides context that will help you understand how such frameworks are used and shows you, in detail, how to mitigate advanced attack tactics […]

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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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Optimizing cloud governance on AWS: Integrating the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, AWS Cloud Adoption Framework, and AWS Well-Architected

Your approach to security governance, risk management, and compliance can be an enabler to digital transformation and business agility. As more organizations progress in their digital transformation journey—empowered by cloud computing—security organizations and processes cannot simply participate, they must lead in that transformation. Today, many customers establish a security foundation using technology-agnostic risk management frameworks—such […]

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IAM Access Analyzer makes it easier to implement least privilege permissions by generating IAM policies based on access activity

In 2019, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Access Analyzer was launched to help you remove unintended public and cross account access by analyzing your existing permissions. In March 2021, IAM Access Analyzer added policy validation to help you set secure and functional permissions during policy authoring. Now, IAM Access Analyzer takes that a step […]

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AWS Verified, episode 4: How Lockheed Martin embeds security

Last year Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched a new video series, AWS Verified, where we talk to global cybersecurity leaders about important issues, such as how the pandemic is impacting cloud security, how to create a culture of security, and emerging security trends. Today I’m happy to share the latest episode of AWS Verified, an […]

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Approaches for authenticating external applications in a machine-to-machine scenario

Amazon Web Services (AWS) supports multiple authentication mechanisms (AWS Signature v4, OpenID Connect, SAML 2.0, and more), essential in providing secure access to AWS resources. However, in a strictly machine-to machine (m2m) scenario, not all are a good fit. In these cases, a human is not present to provide user credential input. An example of […]

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Highlights from the latest AWS Identity launches

Here is the latest from AWS Identity from November 2020 through February 2021. The features highlighted in this blog post can help you manage and secure your Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment. Identity services answer the question of who has access to what. They enable you to securely manage identities, resources, and permissions at scale and […]

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AWS achieves its first ISMAP certification in Japan

Earning and maintaining customer trust is an ongoing commitment at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Our customers’ industry security requirements drive the scope and portfolio of the compliance reports, attestations, and certifications we pursue. We’re excited to announce that AWS has achieved certification under the Information System Security Management and Assessment Program (ISMAP) program, effective from March […]

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How you can use Amazon GuardDuty to detect suspicious activity within your AWS account

Amazon GuardDuty is an automated threat detection service that continuously monitors for suspicious activity and unauthorized behavior to protect your AWS accounts, workloads, and data stored in Amazon S3. In this post, I’ll share how you can use GuardDuty with its newly enhanced highly-customized machine learning model to better protect your AWS environment from potential […]

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