AWS Security Blog

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 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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Now Generally Available: Amazon Inspector

Yesterday, AWS announced that Amazon Inspector, an automated security assessment service, is now available to all customers. Inspector helps you improve the security and compliance of your applications running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) by identifying potential security issues, vulnerabilities, or deviations from security standards. You pay only for the assessments you run, with […]

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Frequently Asked Questions About HIPAA Compliance in the AWS Cloud

Today, we continue a series of AWS cloud compliance FAQs by focusing on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and protected health information (PHI). AWS’s Healthcare and Life Science customers are doing important things for their customers in the AWS cloud, and we are excited to work with our partners to help tackle […]

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How to Enable Windows Integrated Authentication for RDS for SQL Server Using On-Premises Active Directory

On March 23, 2016, AWS announced that Amazon Relational Database Service for SQL Server (RDS for SQL Server) now supports authentication to AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as Microsoft AD. On April 7, 2016, AWS launched a new console feature for Microsoft AD that makes it easy for you […]

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