AWS Security Blog

FERPA Compliance in the AWS Cloud

The security of personally identifiable information (PII) continues to be an important topic among all sectors, and education is no exception. Covered entities subject to FERPA are turning to cloud computing as a highly efficient way to manage and secure vast amounts of educational records and student data. To bring clarity to securing student data […]

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How to Delegate Management of Multi-Factor Authentication to AWS IAM Users

Note from September 20, 2017: Based on customer feedback, we have moved the process outlined in this post to the official AWS documentation. AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) has a list of best practices that you are encouraged to use. One of those best practices is to enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your AWS root […]

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How to Implement Federated API and CLI Access Using SAML 2.0 and AD FS

Note 1: On August 12, 2015, I published a follow-up to this post, which is called How to Implement a General Solution for Federated API/CLI Access Using SAML 2.0. Be sure to see that post if you want to implement a general federation solution (not specific to AD FS). Note 2: This post focuses on NTLM authentication, […]

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AWS Key Management Service Adds Support for Updating Key Aliases

In November 2014, AWS launched Key Management Service (KMS), a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data managed by AWS services and within your own applications. One of the features KMS offers is the key alias, an arbitrary string that can be […]

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Test Your Roles’ Access Policies Using the AWS Identity and Access Management Policy Simulator

You can now use the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy simulator to test and validate your roles’ access control policies. The policy simulator is a tool to help you author and validate the policies that set permissions on your AWS resources. This tool provides a “playground” where you can iteratively author least privilege […]

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New SOC 1, 2, and 3 Reports Available — Including a New Region and Service In-Scope

We are now in our sixth year of regularly publishing comprehensive independent audit reports attesting to our alignment with globally accepted security best practices. We have just completed our thorough and extensive semiannual audit and are happy to announce that Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) and our newest region in Europe (Frankfurt) are now in-scope […]

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Register for and Attend This May 22 Webinar: Getting Started with AWS Identity and Access Management

As part of the AWS Webinar Series, AWS will present Getting Started with AWS Identity and Access Management on Friday, May 22. This webinar will start at 10:30 A.M. and end at 11:30 A.M. Pacific Time (UTC-7). AWS Security Solutions Architect Jonathan Desrocher will introduce the fundamental concepts of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) […]

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How to Receive Alerts When Specific APIs Are Called by Using AWS CloudTrail, Amazon SNS, and AWS Lambda

Let’s face it—not all APIs were created equal. For example, you may be really interested in knowing when any of your Amazon EC2 instances are terminated (ec2:TerminateInstance), but less interested when an object is put in an Amazon S3 bucket (s3:PutObject). In this example, you can delete an object, but you can’t bring back that […]

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AWS Directory Service Now Supports API Access and Logging Via AWS CloudTrail

Developers can now programmatically create and configure Simple AD and AD Connector directories in AWS Directory Service via the AWS SDKs or CLI. You can also now use Cloud Trail to log API actions performed via an SDK, the CLI, or AWS Directory Service console. Permissions for performing these actions can be controlled via an AWS […]

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Staying Ahead of the Curve–Customer Enabler AWS OCIE Cybersecurity Initiative Workbook

We focus on enabling our customers to scale their security and compliance capabilities on AWS, and we enhance our customers’ ability to meet a wide variety of security and regulatory requirements. With a continued focus on our customers’ regulatory needs in the financial services sector, we created another customer facing workbook, which aligns the new […]

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