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Category: AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)*

Quickly Diagnose Policy Errors by Using the AWS Identity and Access Management Console

Have you ever spent time searching for a syntax error—such as a missing comma—when editing an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy? If so, you will be happy to hear that AWS has made it easier for you to identify and correct such errors. To help you find the source of the errors, we’ve […]

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Test Your Managed Policies by Using the Identity and Access Management Policy Simulator

Recently, AWS launched managed policies, which simplify policy management by enabling you to attach a single policy to multiple AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) entities such as users, groups, and roles. When you update a managed policy, the permissions in that policy apply to every entity to which the managed policy is attached. We […]

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An Easier Way to Manage Your Policies

AWS recently announced a new feature of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM): managed policies. Managed policies enable you to attach a single policy to multiple IAM users, groups, and roles (in this blog post referred to collectively as “IAM entities”). When you update a managed policy, the permissions in that policy apply to every […]

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How to Receive Alerts When Your IAM Configuration Changes

Note: This post has been updated to support the recently launched managed policies. As an AWS administrator, you want to know when your security configuration changes. Though some changes are expected, you may want to review unexpected changes or changes made by a privileged user. Fortunately, a newly released combination of AWS CloudTrail, Amazon CloudWatch […]

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An Easier Way to Determine the Presence of AWS Account Access Keys

Last month, the AWS Security Blog encouraged you to adhere to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practices. One of these best practices is to lock away your AWS account (root) access keys and password, and not use them for day-to-day interaction with AWS. In fact, when it comes to your root account access […]

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Make a New Year Resolution: Adhere to IAM Best Practices

As another new year begins, we want to encourage you to be familiar with recommended AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practices. Following these best practices can help you maintain the security of your AWS account. You can learn more by watching the IAM Best Practices presentation that was given by Anders Samuelsson at […]

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Enable a New Feature in the AWS Management Console: Cross-Account Access

Today, we made it possible for you to enable a user to switch roles directly in the AWS Management Console to access resources across multiple AWS accounts—while using only one set of credentials. Previously, as Anders discussed in his blog post, Delegating API Access to AWS Services Using IAM Roles, you could delegate access to […]

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Coming March 2015: Upgrades to IAM Policy Validation

Several weeks ago, we released documentation for the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy grammar and published a back-to-school policy grammar blog post to let you know of common errors in policies. To help you ensure that your policies match your intentions, we are taking policy validation a step further. Starting March 2015, any new or updated policy must […]

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How to Use External ID When Granting Access to Your AWS Resources

When you need to grant access to your AWS resources to a third party, we recommend you do so using an IAM role with external ID. In this post, Josh Bean, a programmer writer on the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) team, walks you through a scenario to show you how. At times, you […]

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A Simple Way to Export Your IAM Settings

Do you analyze, audit, or monitor your AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) settings? If so, you will be happy to hear we’ve simplified the way you can retrieve a snapshot of your IAM settings. Today we’re making it easier for you to build tools to analyze, monitor, and audit your IAM entities (i.e., users, […]

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