AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

AWS GDPR Data Processing Addendum – Now Part of Service Terms

Today, we’re happy to announce that the AWS GDPR Data Processing Addendum(.pdf) is now part of our online Service Terms. This means all AWS customers globally can rely on the terms of the AWS GDPR DPA which will apply automatically from May 25, 2018, whenever they use AWS services to process personal data under the GDPR. The AWS […]

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An easier way to control access to AWS resources by using the AWS organization of IAM principals

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) now makes it easier for you to control access to your AWS resources by using the AWS organization of IAM principals (users and roles). For some services, you grant permissions using resource-based policies to specify the accounts and principals that can access the resource and what actions they can […]

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The AWS Shared Responsibility Model and GDPR

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) describes data processor and data controller roles, and some customers and AWS Partner Network (APN) partners are asking how this affects the long-established AWS Shared Responsibility Model. I wanted to take some time to help folks understand shared responsibilities for us and for our customers in context of […]

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Spring 2018 AWS SOC Reports are Now Available with 11 Services Added in Scope

Since our last System and Organization Control (SOC) audit, our service and compliance teams have been working to increase the number of AWS Services in scope prioritized based on customer requests. Today, we’re happy to report 11 services are newly SOC compliant, which is a 21 percent increase in the last six months. With the […]

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How AWS Meets a Physical Separation Requirement with a Logical Separation Approach

We have a new resource available to help you meet a requirement for physically-separated infrastructure using logical separation in the AWS cloud. Our latest guide, Logical Separation: An Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Defense Cloud Security Requirements for Sensitive Workloads outlines how AWS meets the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) stringent physical separation requirement by […]

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How to centralize DNS management in a multi-account environment

Note from June 5, 2019: The approach and architecture in this post is recommended if you prefer more control over DNS servers or prefer to use AWS Managed Active Directory for DNS resolution, however there are some limitations to this approach and we added a “Limitations and additional considerations” section to this post to describe […]

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Easier way to control access to AWS regions using IAM policies

Update on February 20, 2019: We updated the policy example to remove the “iam:AttachRolePolicy” permission. We also added a reference to the permissions boundaries security blog post to show how to grant developers the permissions to create roles they can pass to AWS services. We made it easier for you to comply with regulatory standards […]

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Tips for Success: GDPR Lessons Learned

Security is our top priority at AWS, and from the beginning we have built security into the fabric of our services. With the introduction of GDPR (which becomes enforceable on May 25 of 2018), privacy and data protection have become even more ingrained into our security-centered culture. Three weeks ago, well ahead of the deadline, […]

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Understanding AWS CloudHSM Cluster Synchronization

AWS CloudHSM provides fully managed, single-tenant hardware security modules (HSMs) in the AWS cloud. A CloudHSM cluster contains either one or multiple HSMs. Multiple HSMs support higher throughput levels for cryptographic operations and provide redundancy. For clusters with multiple HSMs, the CloudHSM service supports server-side automated synchronization of keys and policies. Users, however, are synchronized […]

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Preparing for AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) Support of Certificate Transparency

  Update from April 24, 2018: On April 24, 2018, we updated ACM to publish certificates to CT logs on issuance and on renewal, unless you disable Certificate Transparency logging. No action from you is required if you want ACM to publish your certificates to Certificate Transparency logs, which will avoid Google Chrome displaying error […]

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