AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

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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How to Use Amazon Alexa to Get Amazon GuardDuty Statistics and Findings

You can always view and manage your Amazon GuardDuty findings on the Findings page in the GuardDuty console or by using GuardDuty APIs with the AWS CLI or SDK. But there’s a quicker and easier way, you can use Amazon Alexa as a conversational interface to review your GuardDuty findings. With Alexa, you can build […]

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How to Use Service Control Policies in AWS Organizations

January 20, 2020: Based on customer feedback, we rephrased the fourth goal in the “An example structure with nested OUs and SCPs” section to try to improve clarity. With AWS Organizations, you can centrally manage policies across multiple AWS accounts without having to use custom scripts and manual processes. For example, you can apply service […]

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Enable Federated API Access to your AWS Resources for up to 12 hours Using IAM Roles

Now, your applications and federated users can complete longer running workloads in a single session by increasing the maximum session duration up to 12 hours for an IAM role. Users and applications still retrieve temporary credentials by assuming roles using AWS Security Token Service (AWS STS), but these credentials can now be valid for up […]

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