AWS Security Blog

Category: Amazon Simple Storage Services (S3)

Strengthen the security of sensitive data stored in Amazon S3 by using additional AWS services

In this post, we describe the AWS services that you can use to both detect and protect your data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). When you analyze security in depth for your Amazon S3 storage, consider doing the following: Audit and restrict Amazon S3 access with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) […]

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Security is the top priority for Amazon S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) launched 15 years ago in March 2006, and became the first generally available service from Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS marked the fifteenth anniversary with AWS Pi Week—a week of in-depth streams and live events. During AWS Pi Week, AWS leaders and experts reviewed the history of AWS and […]

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How to scale your authorization needs by using attribute-based access control with S3

May 26, 2021: In the section “Secure your tags using an AWS Organizations service control policy,” we’ve fixed an error in the policy. In this blog post, we show you how to scale your Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) authorization strategy as an alternative to using path based authorization. You are going to combine […]

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Validate access to your S3 buckets before deploying permissions changes with IAM Access Analyzer

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Access Analyzer helps you monitor and reduce access by using automated reasoning to generate comprehensive findings for resource access. Now, you can preview and validate public and cross-account access before deploying permission changes. For example, you can validate whether your S3 bucket would allow public access before deploying your […]

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Learn and use 13 AWS security tools to implement SEC recommended protection of stored customer data in the cloud

Most businesses collect, process, and store sensitive customer data that needs to be secured to earn customer trust and protect customers against abuses. Regulated businesses must prove they meet guidelines established by regulatory bodies. As an example, in the capital markets, broker-dealers and investment advisors must demonstrate they address the guidelines proposed by the Office […]

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How to retroactively encrypt existing objects in Amazon S3 using S3 Inventory, Amazon Athena, and S3 Batch Operations

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, performance, security, and data availability. With Amazon S3, you can choose from three different server-side encryption configurations when uploading objects: SSE-S3 – uses Amazon S3-managed encryption keys SSE-KMS – uses customer master keys (CMKs) stored in AWS Key Management Service (KMS) […]

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Tighten S3 permissions for your IAM users and roles using access history of S3 actions

Customers tell us that when their teams and projects are just getting started, administrators may grant broad access to inspire innovation and agility. Over time administrators need to restrict access to only the permissions required and achieve least privilege. Some customers have told us they need information to help them determine the permissions an application […]

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IAM Access Analyzer flags unintended access to S3 buckets shared through access points

Customers use Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) buckets to store critical data and manage access to data at scale. With Amazon S3 Access Points, customers can easily manage shared data sets by creating separate access points for individual applications. Access points are unique hostnames attached to a bucket and customers can set distinct permissions using […]

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Continuously monitor unused IAM roles with AWS Config

January 6, 2021: We updated this post to fix a bug related to allow listing noncompliant roles. January 6, 2020: We updated this post to reflect a valid STS session duration if configured to assume a role into other accounts. Developing in the cloud encourages you to iterate frequently as your applications and resources evolve. […]

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How to Use Bucket Policies and Apply Defense-in-Depth to Help Secure Your Amazon S3 Data

Amazon S3 provides comprehensive security and compliance capabilities that meet even the most stringent regulatory requirements. It gives you flexibility in the way you manage data for cost optimization, access control, and compliance. However, because the service is flexible, a user could accidentally configure buckets in a manner that is not secure. For example, let’s […]

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