AWS Security Blog

Category: Identity*

Enable Your Federated Users to Work in the AWS Management Console for up to 12 Hours

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) supports identity federation, which enables external identities, such as users in your corporate directory, to sign in to the AWS Management Console via single sign-on (SSO). Now with a small configuration change, your AWS administrators can allow your federated users to work in the AWS Management Console for up […]

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Amazon Cognito Your User Pools is Now Generally Available

Amazon Cognito makes it easy for developers to add sign-up, sign-in, and enhanced security functionality to mobile and web apps. With Amazon Cognito Your User Pools, you get a simple, fully managed service for creating and maintaining your own user directory that can scale to hundreds of millions of users. With today’s launch, user pools adds: […]

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How to Audit Cross-Account Roles Using AWS CloudTrail and Amazon CloudWatch Events

You can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles to grant access to resources in your AWS account, another AWS account you own, or a third-party account. For example, you may have an AWS account used for production resources and a separate AWS account for development resources. Throughout this post, I will refer to […]

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New AWS Compute Blog Post: Help Secure Container-Enabled Applications with IAM Roles for ECS Tasks

Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) now allows you to specify an IAM role that can be used by the containers in an ECS task, as a new AWS Compute Blog post explains. When an application makes use of the AWS SDK or CLI to make requests to the AWS API, it must sign each request with valid AWS access […]

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Register for and Attend This July 29 Webinar—Best Practices for Managing Security Operations in AWS

Update: This webinar is now available as an on-demand video and slide deck. As part of the AWS Webinar Series, AWS will present Best Practices for Managing Security Operations in AWS on Friday, July 29. This webinar will start at 10:30 A.M. and end at 11:30 A.M. Pacific Time. AWS Security Solutions Architect Henrik Johansson will show you […]

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How to Restrict Amazon S3 Bucket Access to a Specific IAM Role

I am a cloud support engineer here at AWS, and customers often ask me how they can limit Amazon S3 bucket access to a specific AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role. In general, they attempt to do this the same way that they would with an IAM user: use a bucket policy to explicitly […]

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How to Use SAML to Automatically Direct Federated Users to a Specific AWS Management Console Page

Identity federation enables your enterprise users (such as Active Directory users) to access the AWS Management Console via single sign-on (SSO) by using their existing credentials. In Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, RelayState is an optional parameter that identifies a specified destination URL your users will access after signing in with SSO. When using […]

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How to Set Up Federated Single Sign-On to AWS Using Google Apps

The AWS Security Blog has covered a variety of solutions for federating single sign-on (SSO) to the AWS Management Console. For example, How to Connect Your On-Premises Active Directory to AWS Using AD Connector, How to Set Up SSO to the AWS Management Console for Multiple Accounts by Using AD FS and SAML 2.0, and […]

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How to Easily Identify Your Federated Users by Using AWS CloudTrail

Starting today, you can use AWS CloudTrail to track the activity of your federated users (web identity federation and Security Assertion Markup Language [SAML]). For example, you can now use CloudTrail to identify a SAML federated user who terminated an Amazon EC2 instance in your AWS account, or to identify a mobile application user who […]

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How to Set Up Uninterrupted, Federated User Access to AWS Using AD FS

Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) is a common identity provider that many AWS customers use to give federated users access to the AWS Management Console. AD FS uses multiple certificates to ensure secure communication between servers and to act as authentication mechanisms. One such mechanism is called the token-signing certificate. When the token-signing certificate expires, […]

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