AWS Security Blog

New Whitepaper: Aligning to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework in the AWS Cloud

Today, we released the Aligning to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework in the AWS Cloud whitepaper. Both public and commercial sector organizations can use this whitepaper to assess the AWS environment against the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) and improve the security measures they implement and operate (also known as security […]

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The AWS EU (London) Region Achieves Public Services Network (PSN) Assurance

AWS is excited to announce that the AWS EU (London) Region has achieved Public Services Network (PSN) assurance. This means that the EU (London) Region can now be connected to the PSN (or PSN customers) by PSN-certified AWS Direct Connect partners. PSN assurance demonstrates to our UK Public Sector customers that the EU (London) Region […]

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How to Visualize and Refine Your Network’s Security by Adding Security Group IDs to Your VPC Flow Logs

Note from July 11, 2017: In response to readers’ feedback, the author of this blog post has updated this post’s example code to provide more reliable handling of error scenarios, particularly in which the geographical lookup fails. Additionally, the author has added details about testing the example code by using Amazon Kinesis Data Generator. If you already […]

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Amazon Simple Queue Service Introduces Server-Side Encryption for Queues

You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) to exchange sensitive data between applications using server-side encryption (SSE). SQS is a fully managed message queuing service for reliably communicating between distributed software components and microservices at any scale. You can use SQS to take advantage of the scale, cost, and operational benefits of a […]

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Four HIPAA Eligible Services Recently Added to the AWS Business Associate Agreement

We are pleased to announce that the following four AWS services have been added in recent weeks to the AWS Business Associate Agreement (BAA): Amazon API Gateway (excluding the use of Amazon API Gateway caching) Amazon SQS AWS Database Migration Service AWS Direct Connect As with all HIPAA Eligible Services covered under the BAA, Protected Health […]

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How to Enable the Use of Remote Desktops by Deploying Microsoft Remote Desktop Licensing Manager on AWS Microsoft AD

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, now supports Microsoft Remote Desktop Licensing Manager (RD Licensing). By using AWS Microsoft AD as the directory for your Remote Desktop Services solution, you reduce the time it takes to deploy remote desktop solutions on Amazon EC2 for Windows Server […]

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Amazon QuickSight Now Supports Audit Logging with AWS CloudTrail

Amazon QuickSight democratizes business intelligence, making it easier and cheaper for you to provide advanced business analytics capabilities to everyone in your organization. Amazon QuickSight also enables you to understand your business better and helps you make data-driven decisions more quickly. However, determining who has access to which data in your organization can still be […]

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Announcing the Availability of Hardware Multi-Factor Authentication in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

Hardware multi-factor authentication (MFA) is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region to help strengthen data security while giving you control over token keys that have access to your data. MFA is a best practice that adds an extra layer of protection on top of users’ user names and passwords. These token keys that […]

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More Than One Dozen AWS Cloud Services Receive Department of Defense Impact Level 4 Provisional Authorizations in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

Today, I am pleased to announce that the AWS GovCloud (US) Region has received Defense Information Systems Agency Impact Level 4 (IL4) Provisional Authorization (PA) for more than one dozen new services. The IL4 PA enables Department of Defense (DoD) customers to operate their mission-critical and regulated workloads in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, with data […]

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AWS and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Just over a year ago, the European Commission approved and adopted the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is the biggest change in data protection laws in Europe since the 1995 introduction of the European Union (EU) Data Protection Directive, also known as Directive 95/46/EC. The GDPR aims to strengthen the security and […]

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