AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

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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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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Rotate Amazon RDS database credentials automatically with AWS Secrets Manager

Recently, we launched AWS Secrets Manager, a service that makes it easier to rotate, manage, and retrieve database credentials, API keys, and other secrets throughout their lifecycle. You can configure Secrets Manager to rotate secrets automatically, which can help you meet your security and compliance needs. Secrets Manager offers built-in integrations for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and […]

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Classify sensitive data in your environment using Amazon Macie

June 15, 2020: This blog is out of date. Please refer here for the updated info: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-enhanced-amazon-macie-now-available/ In this post, I’ll show you how to create a sample dataset for Amazon Macie, and how you can use Amazon Macie to implement data-centric compliance and security analytics in your Amazon S3 environment. I’ll also dive into […]

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