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Category: AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

How to rotate your Twitter API key and bearer token automatically with AWS Secrets Manager

Previously, I showed you how to rotate Amazon RDS database credentials automatically with AWS Secrets Manager. In addition to database credentials, AWS Secrets Manager makes it easier to rotate, manage, and retrieve API keys, OAuth tokens, and other secrets throughout their lifecycle. You can configure Secrets Manager to rotate these secrets automatically, which can help […]

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An easier way to control access to AWS resources by using the AWS organization of IAM principals

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) now makes it easier for you to control access to your AWS resources by using the AWS organization of IAM principals (users and roles). For some services, you grant permissions using resource-based policies to specify the accounts and principals that can access the resource and what actions they can […]

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Easier way to control access to AWS regions using IAM policies

We made it easier for you to comply with regulatory standards by controlling access to AWS Regions using IAM policies. For example, if your company requires users to create resources in a specific AWS region, you can now add a new condition to the IAM policies you attach to your IAM principal (user or role) […]

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Rotate Amazon RDS database credentials automatically with AWS Secrets Manager

Recently, we launched AWS Secrets Manager, a service that makes it easier to rotate, manage, and retrieve database credentials, API keys, and other secrets throughout their lifecycle. You can configure Secrets Manager to rotate secrets automatically, which can help you meet your security and compliance needs. Secrets Manager offers built-in integrations for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and […]

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How to Use Service Control Policies in AWS Organizations

With AWS Organizations, you can centrally manage policies across multiple AWS accounts without having to use custom scripts and manual processes. For example, you can apply service control policies (SCPs) across multiple AWS accounts that are members of an organization. SCPs allow you to define which AWS service APIs can and cannot be executed by […]

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Enable Federated API Access to your AWS Resources for up to 12 hours Using IAM Roles

Now, your applications and federated users can complete longer running workloads in a single session by increasing the maximum session duration up to 12 hours for an IAM role. Users and applications still retrieve temporary credentials by assuming roles using AWS Security Token Service (AWS STS), but these credentials can now be valid for up […]

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AWS Federated Authentication with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)

Today we’d like to walk you through AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), federated sign-in through Active Directory (AD) and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). With IAM, you can centrally manage users, security credentials such as access keys, and permissions that control which resources users can access. Customers have the option of creating users and […]

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How to Create an AWS IAM Policy to Grant AWS Lambda Access to an Amazon DynamoDB Table

When managing your AWS resources, you often need to grant one AWS service access to another to accomplish tasks. For example, you could use an AWS Lambda function to resize, watermark, and postprocess images, for which you would need to store the associated metadata in Amazon DynamoDB. You also could use Lambda, Amazon S3, and […]

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The Top 20 Most Viewed AWS IAM Documentation Pages in 2017

The following 20 pages were the most viewed AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) documentation pages in 2017. I have included a brief description with each link to explain what each page covers. Use this list to see what other AWS customers have been viewing and perhaps to pique your own interest in a topic you’ve […]

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AWS Organizations Now Supports Self-Service Removal of Accounts from an Organization

Today, AWS Organizations made it easier for you to remove AWS accounts from an organization. You can remove accounts from an organization without requiring assistance from AWS Support, and the accounts you remove can operate as standalone accounts or be invited to join another organization. For example, you could remove graduating students’ AWS accounts from […]

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