AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

How to Use Shibboleth for Single Sign-On to the AWS Management Console

Update from January 17, 2018: The techniques demonstrated in this blog post relate to traditional SAML federation for AWS. These techniques are still valid and useful. However, AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) provides analogous capabilities by way of a managed service. If you are just getting started with federating access to your AWS accounts, we recommend […]

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What to Do If You Inadvertently Expose an AWS Access Key

Keeping your AWS keys secure is one of the most important things you can do. This week Will Kruse, Security Engineer on the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) team, explains the steps to safeguard your account in the event you inadvertently expose your AWS access key. Your AWS credentials (access key ID and secret access […]

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AWS Security and CVE-2014-0160 (“Heartbleed”)

We have reviewed all AWS services for impact by CVE-2014-0160 (also known as the Heartbleed bug) and have either determined that the services were unaffected or we’ve applied mitigations that do not require customer action. In a few cases, we are recommending that customers rotate SSL certificates or secret keys. For additional detail see AWS […]

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IAM User Sign-in Page Changes

Today, AWS updated the sign-in experience for IAM users accessing AWS websites such as the AWS Management Console, Support, or Forums. As previously announced, the new sign-in experience continues to provide the same functionality as the previous one, it but provides a more consistent experience for IAM users when signing in to AWS account whether it […]

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Redshift – FedRAMP AWS Security Blog Announcement

AWS is excited to announce that Amazon Redshift has successfully completed the FedRAMP assessment and authorization process and has been added to our list of services covered under our US East/West FedRAMP Agency Authority to Operate (ATO) granted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is the first new service we’ve […]

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AWS Secures DoD Provisional Authorization

I’m very excited to share that AWS has received a DISA Provisional Authorization under the DoD Cloud Security Model’s impact levels 1-2 for all four of AWS’s Infrastructure Regions in the U.S., including AWS GovCloud (US). With this distinction, AWS has shown it can meet the DoD’s stringent security and compliance requirements; and as a […]

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An In-Depth Look at the IAM Policy Simulator

This week’s guest blogger, Ajith Ranabahu, Software Development Engineer on the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) team, presents an in-depth look at the IAM policy simulator. Many of you have asked about how to author and troubleshoot access control policies. To help with this task, last year we launched the policy simulator, which makes it easier […]

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Coming Soon! An Important Change to How You Manage Your AWS Account’s Access Keys

As part of our ongoing efforts to help keep your resources secure, on April 21, 2014, AWS removed the ability to retrieve existing secret access keys for your AWS (root) account. See the updated blog post Where’s My Secret Access Key? for more information about access keys and secret access keys. -Kai

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Read What Others Recommend for IAM Best Practices

Here on the AWS Security Blog we’ve published several posts that recommend IAM best practices. We’re pleased to find that third-party bloggers are adding their own voices. Codeship, a company that provides a continuous code deployment and testing service, just published a great post about how to secure your AWS account using Identity and Access […]

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