AWS Security Blog

How to create certificates with custom extensions using AWS Certificate Manager Private CA

Digital certificates, also known as X.509 or TLS/SSL certificates, are used to prove the identity of entities like web servers or VPN users and to establish secure communication channels between them. In this blog post, I’ll discuss certificate extensions. You can use certificate extensions for applications beyond the common use case of identifying TLS server […]

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How to use the AWS Security Hub PCI DSS v3.2.1 standard

On February 13, 2020, AWS added partial support for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2.1 requirements to AWS Security Hub. This update enables you to validate a subset of PCI DSS’s requirements and helps with ongoing PCI DSS security activities by conducting continuous and automated checks. The new Security Hub […]

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Manage your AWS KMS API request rates using Service Quotas and Amazon CloudWatch

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) publishes API usage metrics to Amazon CloudWatch and Service Quotas allowing you to both monitor and manage your AWS KMS API request rate quotas. This functionality helps you understand trends in your usage of AWS KMS and can help prevent API request throttling as you grow your use of AWS […]

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How to improve LDAP security in AWS Directory Service with client-side LDAPS

You can now better protect your organization’s identity data by encrypting Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) communications between AWS Directory Service products (AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, and AD Connector) and self-managed Active Directory. Client-side secure LDAP (LDAPS) support enables applications that integrate with AWS Directory […]

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How to use KMS and IAM to enable independent security controls for encrypted data in S3

Typically, when you protect data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), you use a combination of Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies and S3 bucket policies to control access, and you use the AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) to encrypt the data. This approach is well-understood, documented, and widely implemented. However, many customers […]

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12 additional AWS services and 2 features authorized at DoD Impact Level 4 and 5 for AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

I’m excited to share that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has authorized 12 additional AWS services and 2 features in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. With these additional 12 services and 2 features, AWS now offers a total of 52 services authorized to process DoD mission critical data at Impact Levels (IL) 4 and 5 […]

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Automated Response and Remediation with AWS Security Hub

AWS Security Hub is a service that gives you aggregated visibility into your security and compliance status across multiple AWS accounts. In addition to consuming findings from Amazon services and integrated partners, Security Hub gives you the option to create custom actions, which allow a customer to manually invoke a specific response or remediation action […]

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New IRAP report provides Australian public sector the ability to leverage additional services at PROTECTED level

Following the award of PROTECTED certification to AWS in January 2019, we have now released updated Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) PROTECTED documentation via AWS Artifact. This information provides the ability to plan, architect, and self-assess systems built in AWS under the Digital Transformation Agency’s Secure Cloud Guidelines. The new documentation expands the scope […]

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Internet Security Notification – Department of Homeland Security Alert AA20-006A

On January 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released an alert (AA20-006A) that highlighted measures for critical infrastructure to prepare for information security risks, but which are also relevant to all organizations. The CISA alert focuses on vulnerability mitigation and incident preparation. At AWS, security is our […]

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AWS achieves FedRAMP JAB High and Moderate Provisional Authorization across 16 services in the AWS US East/West and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

AWS is continually expanding the scope of our compliance programs to help your organization run sensitive and regulated workloads. Today, we’re pleased to announce an additional array of AWS services that are available in the AWS US East/West and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions, marking a 17.7% increase in our number of FedRAMP authorizations since the […]

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