AWS Security Blog

Category: AWS Key Management Service

Managing permissions with grants in AWS Key Management Service

August 9, 2022: This post has been updated to correct the references on RDS documentation. February 22, 2022: This post has been updated to clarify details of the example KMS grants provided in this blog. AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) helps customers to use encryption to secure their data. When creating a new encrypted […]

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How US federal agencies can use AWS to encrypt data at rest and in transit

This post is part of a series about how Amazon Web Services (AWS) can help your US federal agency meet the requirements of the President’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. You will learn how you can use AWS information security practices to meet the requirement to encrypt your data at rest and in […]

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Encrypt global data client-side with AWS KMS multi-Region keys

Today, AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) is introducing multi-Region keys, a new capability that lets you replicate keys from one Amazon Web Services (AWS) Region into another. Multi-Region keys are designed to simplify management of client-side encryption when your encrypted data has to be copied into other Regions for disaster recovery or is replicated […]

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How to verify AWS KMS signatures in decoupled architectures at scale

August 31, 2021: AWS KMS is replacing the term customer master key (CMK) with AWS KMS key and KMS key. The concept has not changed. To prevent breaking changes, AWS KMS is keeping some variations of this term. More info. AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) makes it easy to create and manage cryptographic keys […]

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How to use AWS IAM Access Analyzer API to automate detection of public access to AWS KMS keys

In this blog post, I show you how to use AWS IAM Access Analyzer programmatically to automate the detection of public access to your resources in an AWS account. I also show you how to work with the Access Analyzer API, create an analyzer on your account and call specific API functions from your code. […]

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Demystifying KMS keys operations, bring your own key (BYOK), custom key store, and ciphertext portability

As you prepare to build or migrate your workload on Amazon Web Services (AWS), designing your encryption scheme can be a challenging—and sometimes confusing—endeavor. This blog post gives you a framework to select the right AWS cryptographic services and tools for your application to help you with your journey. I share common repeatable cryptographic patterns, […]

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How to protect sensitive data for its entire lifecycle in AWS

Many Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer workflows require ingesting sensitive and regulated data such as Payments Card Industry (PCI) data, personally identifiable information (PII), and protected health information (PHI). In this post, I’ll show you a method designed to protect sensitive data for its entire lifecycle in AWS. This method can help enhance your data […]

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Round 2 post-quantum TLS is now supported in AWS KMS

AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) now supports three new hybrid post-quantum key exchange algorithms for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 encryption protocol that’s used when connecting to AWS KMS API endpoints. These new hybrid post-quantum algorithms combine the proven security of a classical key exchange with the potential quantum-safe properties of new post-quantum […]

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Combining encryption and signing with AWS KMS asymmetric keys

August 31, 2021: AWS KMS is replacing the term customer master key (CMK) with AWS KMS key and KMS key. The concept has not changed. To prevent breaking changes, AWS KMS is keeping some variations of this term. More info. In this post, I discuss how to use AWS Key Management Service (KMS) to combine […]

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Architecting for database encryption on AWS

In this post, I review the options you have to protect your customer data when migrating or building new databases in Amazon Web Services (AWS). I focus on how you can support sensitive workloads in ways that help you maintain compliance and regulatory obligations, and meet security objectives. Understanding transparent data encryption I commonly see […]

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