AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

Authority to operate (ATO) on AWS Program now available for customers in Spain

Meeting stringent security and compliance requirements in regulated or public sector environments can be challenging and time consuming, even for organizations with strong technical competencies. To help customers navigate the different requirements and processes, we launched the ATO on AWS Program in June 2019 for US customers. The program involves a community of expert AWS […]

How to use Amazon Verified Permissions for authorization

Applications with multiple users and shared data require permissions management. The permissions describe what each user of an application is permitted to do. Permissions are defined as allow or deny decisions for resources in the application. To manage permissions, developers often combine attribute-based access control (ABAC) and role-based access control (RBAC) models with custom code […]

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AWS achieves GNS Portugal certification for classified information

We continue to expand the scope of our assurance programs at Amazon Web Services (AWS), and we are pleased to announce that our Regions and AWS Edge locations in Europe are now certified by the Portuguese GNS/NSO (National Security Office) at the National Restricted level. This certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to adhere to the […]

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

December 8, 2022: This post has been updated to reflect changes for M2M options with the new service of IAMRA. This blog post was first published November 19, 2013. August 10, 2022: This blog post has been updated to reflect the new name of AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) – AWS IAM Identity Center. Read more […]

How to secure your SaaS tenant data in DynamoDB with ABAC and client-side encryption

If you’re a SaaS vendor, you may need to store and process personal and sensitive data for large numbers of customers across different geographies. When processing sensitive data at scale, you have an increased responsibility to secure this data end-to-end. Client-side encryption of data, such as your customers’ contact information, provides an additional mechanism that […]


Renewal of AWS CyberGRX assessment to enhance customers’ third-party due diligence process

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pleased to announce renewal of the AWS CyberGRX cyber risk assessment report. This third-party validated report helps customers perform effective cloud supplier due diligence on AWS and enhances their third-party risk management process. With the increase in adoption of cloud products and services across multiple sectors and industries, AWS has become a critical component of […]

How to investigate and take action on security issues in Amazon EKS clusters with Amazon Detective – Part 2

March 15, 2023: We’ve updated this post to incorporate a section to investigate VPC flow logs. In part 1 of this of this two-part series, How to detect security issues in Amazon EKS cluster using Amazon GuardDuty, we walked through a real-world observed security issue in an Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) cluster and […]

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How to use Amazon Macie to preview sensitive data in S3 buckets

Security teams use Amazon Macie to discover and protect sensitive data, such as names, payment card data, and AWS credentials, in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). When Macie discovers sensitive data, these teams will want to see examples of the actual sensitive data found. Reviewing a sampling of the discovered data helps them quickly […]

Use Amazon Macie for automatic, continual, and cost-effective discovery of sensitive data in S3

Customers have an increasing need to collect, store, and process data within their AWS environments for application modernization, reporting, and predictive analytics. AWS Well-Architected security pillar, general data privacy and compliance regulations require that you appropriately identify and secure sensitive information. Knowing where your data is allows you to implement the appropriate security controls which […]

Get the best out of Amazon Verified Permissions by using fine-grained authorization methods

With the release of Amazon Verified Permissions, developers of custom applications can implement access control logic based on caller and resource information; group membership, hierarchy, and relationship; and session context, such as device posture, location, time, or method of authentication. With Amazon Verified Permissions, you can focus on building simple authorization policies and your applications—instead […]