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Expanded eligibility for the free MFA security key program

Since the broad launch of our multi-factor authentication (MFA) security key program, customers have been enthusiastic about the program and how they will use it to improve their organizations’ security posture. Given the level of interest, we’re expanding eligibility for the program to allow more US-based AWS account root users and payer accounts to take advantage of the offer. Previously, eligibility required that US-based root users and payer accounts spend a minimum of $100 per month over the past 3 months. Now, we are expanding eligibility to US-based root users and payer accounts who have spent a minimum of $300 over the past 3 months. If you are a US-based customer who meets the expanded eligibility requirements, we encourage you to place an order for your free security key. As a reminder, you can use the following steps to order your free key.

To order your free security key

  1. Confirm your eligibility at the ordering portal. You will be prompted to sign in if you haven’t already. Sign in with your AWS account root user or payer account credentials.
  2. Choose your free security key from the available options.
  3. Provide your email address for order confirmation and your shipping address.
  4. Place your order.

MFA as a core security best practice is one of the key messages emphasized at the recent AWS re:Inforce conference. Using MFA is one of the simplest ways for anyone, personally or professionally, to help improve their security online. For example, if credentials become compromised on GitHub, users have an extra layer of protection if MFA is enabled. Or, if your login details are compromised for your bank account, MFA acts a second factor to protect your account.

If you’re not eligible for a free security key at this time, but would still like a security key, check out our MFA recommendations. These are available for purchase from many sellers, including Amazon. For more information about the MFA program, see our Free MFA Security Key page.

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CJ Moses

CJ Moses

CJ is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at AWS, where he leads product design and security engineering. His mission is to deliver the economic and security benefits of cloud computing to business and government customers. Previously, CJ led the technical analysis of computer and network intrusion efforts at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Division. He also served as a Special Agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). CJ led several computer intrusion investigations seen as foundational to the information security industry today.