AWS Security Blog

Spring SOC Report Now Available—Amazon WorkMail Now in Scope

Today, I’m pleased to announce that we have completed our semiannual AWS Service Organization Control (SOC) assessments and the reports are available to NDA customers now. The AWS SOC program is an intense, period-in-time audit performed every six months. We have been releasing AWS services SOC Reports (or their SAS 70 predecessors) regularly since 2009, […]

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Start Planning for AWS re:Invent 2016

Updated June 23, 2016: Registration is now open! ————– AWS re:Invent 2016 will take place November 28–December 2, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Start planning now to attend the world’s largest global cloud computing conference. We have designed re:Invent 2016 to give you increased opportunities to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS solutions. This year, we […]

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Introducing Improved User Search Functionality in the IAM Console

We are happy to announce that we recently launched improved search functionality on the Users page in the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console. For starters, we have enabled you to find an IAM user by their access key ID. Simply paste an access key ID in the Filter box on the Users page. If […]

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How to Configure Your EC2 Instances to Automatically Join a Microsoft Active Directory Domain

Seamlessly joining Windows EC2 instances in AWS to a Microsoft Active Directory domain is a common scenario, especially for enterprises building a hybrid cloud architecture. With AWS Directory Service, you can target an Active Directory domain managed on-premises or within AWS. How to Connect Your On-Premises Active Directory to AWS Using AD Connector takes you […]

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In Case You Missed These: AWS Security Blog Posts from March and April

In case you missed any of the AWS Security Blog posts from March and April, they are summarized and linked to below. The posts are shown in reverse chronological order (most recent first), and the subject matter ranges from the AWS Config Rules repository to automatically updating AWS WAF IP blacklists. April April 28, AWS […]

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How to Control Access to Your Amazon Elasticsearch Service Domain

With the recent release of Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), you now can build applications without setting up and maintaining your own search cluster on Amazon EC2. One of the key benefits of using Amazon ES is that you can leverage AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to grant or deny access to your search […]

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How to Optimize and Visualize Your Security Groups

Note: On May 3, 2017, we published a related blog post also written by Guy Denney, How to Visualize and Refine Your Network’s Security by Adding Security Group IDs to Your VPC Flow Logs. Many organizations start their journey with AWS by experimenting with existing applications. Those experiments may include trying to move an application to […]

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How to Import IP Address Reputation Lists to Automatically Update AWS WAF IP Blacklists

Note from July 3, 2017: The solution in this post has been integrated into AWS WAF Security Automations, and AWS maintains up-to-date solution code in the companion GitHub repository.   You can use AWS WAF (a web application firewall) to help protect your web applications from exploits that originate from groups of IP addresses that are known […]

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How to Set Up Federated Single Sign-On to AWS Using Google Apps

The AWS Security Blog has covered a variety of solutions for federating single sign-on (SSO) to the AWS Management Console. For example, How to Connect Your On-Premises Active Directory to AWS Using AD Connector, How to Set Up SSO to the AWS Management Console for Multiple Accounts by Using AD FS and SAML 2.0, and […]

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How to Prevent Hotlinking by Using AWS WAF, Amazon CloudFront, and Referer Checking

At some point, you might have to deal with hotlinking: when third parties embed in their websites the content they find on your websites. The third-party website does not incur the cost of hosting the content, which means your website can end up paying for the content other sites use. Now, you can use AWS […]

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