AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

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 […]

17 additional AWS services authorized for DoD workloads in the AWS GovCloud Regions

I’m pleased to announce that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has authorized 17 additional Amazon Web Services (AWS) services and features in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions, bringing the total to 105 services and major features that are authorized for use by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). AWS now offers additional services to […]

How US federal agencies can authenticate to AWS with multi-factor authentication

This post is part of a series about how AWS can help your US federal agency meet the requirements of the President’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. We recognize that government agencies have varying degrees of identity management and cloud maturity and that the requirement to implement multi-factor, risk-based authentication across an entire […]

Top 10 security best practices for securing data in Amazon S3

With more than 100 trillion objects in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and an almost unimaginably broad set of use cases, securing data stored in Amazon S3 is important for every organization. So, we’ve curated the top 10 controls for securing your data in S3. By default, all S3 buckets are private and can […]

How to improve visibility into AWS WAF with anomaly detection

When your APIs are exposed on the internet, they naturally face unpredictable traffic. AWS WAF helps protect your application’s API against common web exploits, such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting. In this blog post, you’ll learn how to automatically detect anomalies in the AWS WAF metrics to improve your visibility into AWS WAF activity, […]

Ransomware mitigation: Top 5 protections and recovery preparation actions

In this post, I’ll cover the top five things that Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers can do to help protect and recover their resources from ransomware. This blog post focuses specifically on preemptive actions that you can take. #1 – Set up the ability to recover your apps and data In order for a traditional […]

How to use ACM Private CA for enabling mTLS in AWS App Mesh

Securing east-west traffic in service meshes, such as AWS App Mesh, by using mutual Transport Layer Security (mTLS) adds an additional layer of defense beyond perimeter control. mTLS adds bidirectional peer-to-peer authentication on top of the one-way authentication in normal TLS. This is done by adding a client-side certificate during the TLS handshake, through which […]

AWS achieves ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification

We’re excited to announce that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has achieved ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification with no findings. This certification is a rigorous third-party independent assessment of the Privacy Information Management System (PIMS) of a cloud service provider. ISO/IEC 27701:2019 specifies requirements and guidelines to establish and continuously improve a PIMS, including processing of Personally Identifiable […]

Authenticate AWS Client VPN users with AWS IAM Identity Center

September 12, 2022: This blog post has been updated to reflect the new name of AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) – AWS IAM Identity Center. Read more about the name change here. AWS Client VPN is a managed client-based VPN service that enables users to use an OpenVPN-based client to securely access their resources in Amazon […]

How to securely create and store your CRL for ACM Private CA

December 14, 2021:The code in step #8 under Deploying the CRL solution has been updated to reflect new features preventing the confused deputy problem in AWS bucket policies. In this blog post, I show you how to protect your Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket while still allowing access to your AWS Certificate Manager […]