AWS Security Blog

The IAM Console Now Helps Prevent You from Accidentally Deleting In-Use Resources

Deleting unused resources can help to improve the security of your AWS account and make your account easier to manage. However, if you have ever been unsure of whether an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user or role was being used actively, you probably erred on the side of caution and kept it. Starting […]

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Adhere to IAM Best Practices in 2016

As another new year begins, we encourage you to review our recommended AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practices. Following these best practices can help you maintain the security of your AWS resources. You can learn more by watching the IAM Best Practices to Live By presentation that Anders Samuelsson gave at AWS re:Invent […]

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AWS ISO 27001 Certification Increases Total In-Scope Services to 33

AWS has just completed our annual audit of ISO 27001, a certification we achieved back in 2010. 10 new services are now in scope under ISO 27001: Amazon CloudFront Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) Amazon WorkDocs Amazon WorkMail Amazon WorkSpaces AWS Directory Service AWS Key […]

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Another Way to Remove Unnecessary Permissions in Your IAM Policies by Using Service Last Accessed Data

In my previous post, I introduced service last accessed data, a new feature of the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console that helps you define policies that adhere better to the principle of least privilege. As part of that post, I walked through a sample use case demonstrating how you can use service last […]

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How to Automatically Update Your Security Groups for Amazon CloudFront and AWS WAF by Using AWS Lambda

Updated on June 14, 2018: We removed an out-of-date code sample. Amazon CloudFront can help you increase the performance of your web applications and significantly lower the latency of delivering content to your customers. Recently announced, AWS WAF (a web application firewall) gives you control over which traffic to allow or block by defining customizable web […]

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AWS Certification Update – ISO 9001 Has 10 New Services in Scope

Today we’re happy to announce we’ve added 10 new services to our ISO 9001 certification: Amazon CloudFront Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) Amazon WorkDocs Amazon WorkMail Amazon WorkSpaces AWS Directory Service AWS Key Management Service (KMS) AWS WAF – Web Application Firewall This increases the […]

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How to Set Up SSO to the AWS Management Console for Multiple Accounts by Using AD FS and SAML 2.0

AWS supports Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, an open standard for identity federation used by many identity providers (IdPs). SAML enables federated single sign-on (SSO), which enables your users to sign in to the AWS Management Console or to make programmatic calls to AWS APIs by using assertions from a SAML-compliant IdP. Many of […]

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How to Govern Your Application Deployments by Using Amazon EC2 Container Service and Docker

Governance among IT teams has become increasingly challenging, especially when dealing with application deployments that involve many different technologies. For example, consider the case of trying to collocate multiple applications on a shared operating system. Accidental conflicts can stem from the applications themselves, or the underlying libraries and network ports they rely on. The likelihood […]

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Remove Unnecessary Permissions in Your IAM Policies by Using Service Last Accessed Data

As a security best practice, AWS recommends writing AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies that adhere to the principle of least privilege, which means granting only the permissions required to perform a specific task. However, verifying which permissions an application or user actually needs can be a challenge. To help you determine which permissions […]

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