AWS Security Blog

Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance

New Australian IRAP FAQ and Hub Page

Positive news for our Australian customers: we recently launched a compliance hub and FAQ page for Australian government customers and their assessors for the Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) on implementing the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) Information Security Manual (ISM). The new hub and FAQ address many of the questions that Australian government customers […]

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Organize Your Permissions by Using Separate Managed Policies

This year we released managed policies to enable you to create a set of stand-alone policies that you can attach to multiple IAM entities (users, groups, and roles) in your AWS account. Since that release, we have heard from many of you that you’d prefer to mix and match policies instead of just using one universal […]

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How to Manage Identities in Simple AD Directories

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, How to Migrate Your Microsoft Active Directory Users to Simple AD, AWS Directory Service allows you to create a standalone, highly available AWS-managed directory called Simple AD in a matter of minutes. With Simple AD, you can centrally manage user accounts and group memberships for Amazon EC2 instances […]

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How to Migrate Your Microsoft Active Directory Users to Simple AD or AWS Managed Microsoft AD

July 21, 2020: We’ve updated this post to include AWS Managed Microsoft AD, as well as Simple AD. AWS Directory Service allows you to create a standalone, highly available AWS-managed directory called Simple AD in a matter of minutes. With Simple AD, you can centrally manage user accounts and group memberships for Amazon EC2 instances […]

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New Whitepaper: CJIS Compliance on AWS

AWS is an attractive environment for regulated data, including Criminal Justice Information (CJI) subject to the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy. AWS customers have used the AWS cloud for a wide range of sensitive federal and state government workloads, including CJI data. Law enforcement customers and partners who manage CJI are taking advantage […]

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How to Implement a General Solution for Federated API/CLI Access Using SAML 2.0

Important note from July 18, 2019: The original version of this blog uses Python2.x scripts. We now have Python3.x scripts that you can download here: Form-based authentication version of the Python3.x script AD FS 3.0-specific version of the Python3.x script Note from May 24, 2019: The features and services described in this post have changed since […]

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2015 AWS PCI Compliance Package Now Available

We’re happy to announce the availability (upon request) of the 2015 AWS PCI Compliance Package, an assessment completed against the newly released PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Version 3.1. The PCI DSS is a globally accepted security standard that customers use to support a wide range of sensitive workloads, including the processing and storage […]

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Updated HIPAA Whitepaper Now Available

To provide guidance about how to leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop applications that meet HIPAA and HITECH compliance requirements, we recently updated the Architecting for HIPAA Security and Compliance on Amazon Web Services whitepaper. The advancements and growth of healthcare technology have been an accelerating force behind the continued adoption of cloud computing, […]

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How to Address the PCI DSS Requirements for Data Encryption in Transit Using Amazon VPC

The PCI requirements for encryption for data in transit are different for private networks than they are for public networks. When correctly designed, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), a logically isolated portion of the AWS infrastructure that allows you to extend your existing data center network to the cloud, can be considered a private network, […]

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