AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

New Whitepaper—Single Sign-On: Integrating AWS, OpenLDAP, and Shibboleth

The newly released whitepaper, Single Sign-On: Integrating AWS, OpenLDAP, and Shibboleth, will help you integrate your existing LDAP-based user directory with AWS. When you integrate your existing directory with AWS, your users can access AWS by using their existing credentials. This means that your users don’t need to maintain yet another user name and password […]

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Focus on Customers: Next Gen Compliance Enablers

AWS has radically improved cloud service provider compliance offerings with the ongoing development and releases of next gen customer-focused compliance enablers that directly assist customers in 1) understanding how to apply legacy compliance requirements to an AWS environment, and 2) helping establish a secure, compliant, and auditable AWS IT environment. Traditionally our global customers have […]

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How to Create a Limited IAM Administrator by Using Managed Policies

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) recently launched managed policies, which enable you to attach a single access control policy to multiple entities (IAM users, groups, and roles). Managed policies also give you precise, fine-grained control over how your users can manage policies and permissions for other entities. For example, you can control which managed […]

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Newly Upgraded: Identity and Access Management Policy Validation

Earlier this month, we let you know that AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) would be upgrading policy validation today (March 25, 2015) to help you ensure that your IAM policies match your intentions. This upgrade is now in effect for all IAM policies. Starting today, to save changes to your IAM policies, you must […]

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New Security and Compliance Workbook: IT-Grundschutz

AWS Compliance has made available a new security and compliance workbook for AWS customers who are subject to the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) IT Baseline protection methodology (IT-Grundschutz). IT-Grundschutz Compliance on Amazon Web Services is a new customer workbook that was developed and published by TÜV TRUST IT GmbH TÜV Austria Group, […]

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Coming March 25, 2015: Upgrades to IAM Policy Validation

On March 25, 2015, we will upgrade the Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy validation to help ensure that your policies reflect your intentions. Starting on this day, to save changes to policies, you must first ensure that your policies comply with the IAM policy grammar. Your existing policies will continue to work as they […]

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Enable Autoformatting for Your Policies in the Identity and Access Management Console

Have you ever thought that authoring Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies would be easier if the JSON of your policies were automatically formatted? If so, you will be excited to hear you can now enable autoformatting for all your policies by simply selecting a single check box. In this blog post, I will show […]

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Quickly Diagnose Policy Errors by Using the AWS Identity and Access Management Console

Have you ever spent time searching for a syntax error—such as a missing comma—when editing an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy? If so, you will be happy to hear that AWS has made it easier for you to identify and correct such errors. To help you find the source of the errors, we’ve […]

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AWS Architecture and Security Recommendations for FedRAMP Compliance

Some of the most common compliance-related requests we receive from our customers are for reference architecture, a template for how to build your infrastructure in the cloud. These requests indicate how some people learn new concepts: reference architecture visualizations can help to clarify subject matter. In order to clarify how you can use AWS functionality […]

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Test Your Managed Policies by Using the Identity and Access Management Policy Simulator

Recently, AWS launched managed policies, which simplify policy management by enabling you to attach a single policy to multiple AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) entities such as users, groups, and roles. When you update a managed policy, the permissions in that policy apply to every entity to which the managed policy is attached. We […]

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