AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

Delegating API Access to AWS Services Using IAM Roles

Suppose you run a research lab and you dump a terabyte or so of data into Amazon DynamoDB for easy processing and analysis. Your colleagues at other labs and in the commercial sphere have become aware of your research and would like to reproduce your results and perform further analysis on their own. AWS supports this very important […]

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Amazon EC2 Resource-Level Permissions for RunInstances

Yesterday the EC2 team announced fine grained controls for managing RunInstances. This release enables you to set fine-grained controls over the AMIs, Snapshots, Subnets, and other resources that can be used when creating instances and the types of instances and volumes that users can create when using the RunInstances API. This is a major milestone […]

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IAM Policies and Bucket Policies and ACLs! Oh, My! (Controlling Access to S3 Resources)

In previous posts we’ve explained how to write S3 policies for the console and how to use policy variables to grant access to user-specific S3 folders. This week we’ll discuss another frequently asked-about topic: the distinction between IAM policies, S3 bucket policies, S3 ACLs, and when to use each. They’re all part of the AWS […]

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New Whitepaper: AWS Cloud Security Best Practices

We have just published an updated version of our AWS Security Best Practices whitepaper. You wanted us to provide a holistic and familiar approach to managing the overall information security posture of the organization that’s based on periodic risk assessments when you deploy applications and assets on AWS. Specifically, you asked for: How security responsibilities […]

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Guidelines for When to Use Accounts, Users, and Groups

I often get asked when to use different AWS accounts to enforce separation of duties versus using IAM users and groups within a single account. While the complete answer depends on what AWS services you use, the general guidelines in this post will point you in the right direction. As context for the guidelines, consider […]

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AWS CloudFormation Now Supports Federated Users and Temporary Security Credentials

Today AWS CloudFormation released added support for  temporary security credentials provided by the AWS Security Token Service.  This release enables a number of scenarios such as federated users being able to use CloudFormation from the AWS Management Console and authorizing Amazon EC2 instances with IAM roles to call CloudFormation APIs.  To learn more about this new […]

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