AWS Security Blog

How to Set Up Uninterrupted, Federated User Access to AWS Using AD FS

Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) is a common identity provider that many AWS customers use to give federated users access to the AWS Management Console. AD FS uses multiple certificates to ensure secure communication between servers and to act as authentication mechanisms. One such mechanism is called the token-signing certificate. When the token-signing certificate expires, […]

Read More

How to Reduce Security Threats and Operating Costs Using AWS WAF and Amazon CloudFront

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.   Some Internet operations trust that clients are “well behaved.” As an operator of a publicly accessible web application, for example, you have to trust that the clients […]

Read More

How to Automate Restricting Access to a VPC by Using AWS IAM and AWS CloudFormation

Back in September, I wrote about How to Help Lock Down a User’s Amazon EC2 Capabilities to a Single VPC. In that blog post, I highlighted what I have found to be an effective approach to the virtual private cloud (VPC) lockdown scenario. Since that time, I have worked on making the related information easier […]

Read More

Announcing the AWS Config Rules Repository: A New Community-Based Source of Custom Rules for AWS Config

Today, we’re happy to release the AWS Config Rules repository, a community-based source of custom AWS Config Rules. This new repository gives you a streamlined way to automate your assessment and compliance against best practices for security of AWS resources. AWS Config Rules is a service that provides automated, periodic security and compliance checking of […]

Read More

In Case You Missed These: AWS Security Blog Posts from January and February

In case you missed any of the AWS Security Blog posts from January and February, they are summarized and linked to below. The posts are shown in reverse chronological order (most recent first), and the subject matter ranges from using AWS WAF to automating HIPAA compliance. February February 29, AWS Compliance Announcement: Announcing Industry Best Practices […]

Read More

Announcing Industry Best Practices for Securing AWS Resources

Today, we are happy to announce that the Center for Internet Security (CIS) has published the CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark, a set of security configuration best practices for AWS. These industry-accepted best practices go beyond the high-level security guidance already available, providing AWS users with clear, step-by-step implementation and assessment procedures. This is the first […]

Read More

How to Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses That Generate Bad Requests

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.   Internet-facing web applications are frequently scanned and probed by various sources, sometimes for good and other times to identify weaknesses. It takes some sleuthing to determine the […]

Read More

How to Use AWS Config to Help with Required HIPAA Audit Controls: Part 4 of the Automating HIPAA Compliance Series

In my previous posts in this series, I explained how to get started with the DevSecOps environment for HIPAA that is depicted in the following architecture diagram. In my second post in this series, I gave you guidance about how to set up AWS Service Catalog (#4 in the following diagram) to allow developers a […]

Read More

Register for and Attend This March 2 Webinar—Using AWS WAF and Lambda for Automatic Protection

Update: The video and slides from the webinar are now available. As part of the AWS Webinar Series, AWS will present Using AWS WAF and Lambda for Automatic Protection on Wednesday, March 2. This webinar will start at 10:00 A.M. and end at 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time (UTC-8). AWS WAF Software Development Manager Nathan Dye […]

Read More

How to Translate HIPAA Controls to AWS CloudFormation Templates: Part 3 of the Automating HIPAA Compliance Series

In my previous post, I walked through the setup of a DevSecOps environment that gives healthcare developers the ability to launch their own healthcare web server. At the heart of the architecture is AWS CloudFormation, a JSON representation of your architecture that allows security administrators to provision AWS resources according to the compliance standards they […]

Read More