AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance*

Now Generally Available – AWS Organizations: Policy-Based Management for Multiple AWS Accounts

Over the years, we have found that many of our customers are managing multiple AWS accounts. Instead of dealing with a multitude of per-team, per-division, or per-application accounts, our customers have asked for a way to define access control policies that can be easily applied to all, some, or individual accounts. In many cases, these […]

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Easily Replace or Attach an IAM Role to an Existing EC2 Instance by Using the EC2 Console

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles enable your applications running on Amazon EC2 to use temporary security credentials. IAM roles for EC2 make it easier for your applications to make API requests securely from an instance because they do not require you to manage AWS security credentials that the applications use. Recently, we enabled […]

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How to Audit Your AWS Resources for Security Compliance by Using Custom AWS Config Rules

AWS Config Rules enables you to implement security policies as code for your organization and evaluate configuration changes to AWS resources against these policies. You can use Config rules to audit your use of AWS resources for compliance with external compliance frameworks such as CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark and with your internal security policies related […]

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AWS Announces CISPE Membership and Compliance with First-Ever Code of Conduct for Data Protection in the Cloud

I have two exciting announcements today, both showing AWS’s continued commitment to ensuring that customers can comply with EU Data Protection requirements when using our services. AWS and CISPE First, I’m pleased to announce AWS’s membership in the Association of Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe (CISPE). CISPE is a coalition of about twenty cloud […]

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How to Enable Multi-Factor Authentication for AWS Services by Using AWS Microsoft AD and On-Premises Credentials

You can now enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for users of AWS services such as Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon QuickSight and their on-premises credentials by using your AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) directory, also known as AWS Microsoft AD. MFA adds an extra layer of protection to a user name and password […]

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How to Create an Organizational Chart with Separate Hierarchies by Using Amazon Cloud Directory

Amazon Cloud Directory enables you to create directories for a variety of use cases, such as organizational charts, course catalogs, and device registries. Cloud Directory offers you the flexibility to create directories with hierarchies that span multiple dimensions. For example, you can create an organizational chart that you can navigate through separate hierarchies for reporting […]

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How to Easily Log On to AWS Services by Using Your On-Premises Active Directory

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as Microsoft AD, now enables your users to log on with just their on-premises Active Directory (AD) user name—no domain name is required. This new domainless logon feature makes it easier to set up connections to your on-premises AD for use with applications such […]

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New! Attach an AWS IAM Role to an Existing Amazon EC2 Instance by Using the AWS CLI

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles enable your applications running on Amazon EC2 to use temporary security credentials that AWS creates, distributes, and rotates automatically. Using temporary credentials is an IAM best practice because you do not need to maintain long-term keys on your instance. Using IAM roles for EC2 also eliminates the need […]

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How to Remediate Amazon Inspector Security Findings Automatically

The Amazon Inspector security assessment service can evaluate the operating environments and applications you have deployed on AWS for common and emerging security vulnerabilities automatically. As an AWS-built service, Amazon Inspector is designed to exchange data and interact with other core AWS services not only to identify potential security findings, but also to automate addressing […]

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How to Simplify Security Assessment Setup Using Amazon EC2 Systems Manager and Amazon Inspector

In a July 2016 AWS Blog post, I discussed how to integrate Amazon Inspector with third-party ticketing systems by using Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) and AWS Lambda. This AWS Security Blog post continues in the same vein, describing how to use Amazon Inspector to automate various aspects of security management. In this post, I […]

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