AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

15 additional AWS services authorized at DoD Impact Level 6 for the AWS Secret Region

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has authorized 15 additional AWS services in the AWS Secret Region for production workloads at the Department of Defense (DoD) Impact Level (IL) 6 under the DoD’s Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (DoD CC SRG). The authorization at DoD IL 6 allows DoD Mission Owners to process classified and […]

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How financial institutions can approve AWS services for highly confidential data

January 18, 2021: We made minor updates to this post, such as updating the number of services in scope for SOC compliance from 122 to 124. July 21, 2020: The number of services in scope for SOC compliance was updated from 116 to 122. Also, more than 55 AWS services now have support for VPC […]

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How to run AWS CloudHSM workloads on AWS Lambda

AWS CloudHSM is a cloud-based hardware security module (HSM) that enables you to generate and use your own encryption keys on the AWS Cloud. With CloudHSM, you can manage your own encryption keys using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs. CloudHSM also automatically manages synchronization, high availability and failover within a cluster. When the service […]

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Continuous compliance monitoring with Chef InSpec and AWS Security Hub

In this post, I will show you how to run a Chef InSpec scan with AWS Systems Manager and Systems Manager Run Command across your managed instances. InSpec is an open-source runtime framework that lets you create human-readable profiles to define security, compliance, and policy requirements and then test your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon […]

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How to set case sensitivity in the Amazon Cognito console

AWS recently updated how Amazon Cognito user pools are created so that new user pools are case insensitive by default. An Amazon Cognito user pool is a user directory that helps you manage end-user identities. With this new feature, the native user name, email alias, and preferred user name alias are marked as case insensitive […]

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How to define least-privileged permissions for actions called by AWS services

August 31, 2021: AWS KMS is replacing the term customer master key (CMK) with AWS KMS key and KMS key. The concept has not changed. To prevent breaking changes, AWS KMS is keeping some variations of this term. More info. February 21, 2020: We fixed a missing comma in a policy example. March 3, 2020: […]

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How to create certificates with custom extensions using AWS Certificate Manager Private CA

Digital certificates, also known as X.509 or TLS/SSL certificates, are used to prove the identity of entities like web servers or VPN users and to establish secure communication channels between them. In this blog post, I’ll discuss certificate extensions. You can use certificate extensions for applications beyond the common use case of identifying TLS server […]

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How to use the AWS Security Hub PCI DSS v3.2.1 standard

August 31, 2021: AWS KMS is replacing the term customer master key (CMK) with AWS KMS key and KMS key. The concept has not changed. To prevent breaking changes, AWS KMS is keeping some variations of this term. More info. On February 13, 2020, AWS added partial support for the Payment Card Industry Data Security […]

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Manage your AWS KMS API request rates using Service Quotas and Amazon CloudWatch

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) publishes API usage metrics to Amazon CloudWatch and Service Quotas allowing you to both monitor and manage your AWS KMS API request rate quotas. This functionality helps you understand trends in your usage of AWS KMS and can help prevent API request throttling as you grow your use of AWS […]

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How to improve LDAP security in AWS Directory Service with client-side LDAPS

You can now better protect your organization’s identity data by encrypting Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) communications between AWS Directory Service products (AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, and AD Connector) and self-managed Active Directory. Client-side secure LDAP (LDAPS) support enables applications that integrate with AWS Directory […]

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