AWS Security Blog

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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New AWS Partner Network Blog Post: Securely Accessing Customers’ AWS Accounts with Cross-Account IAM Roles

On the AWS Security Blog, we have talked regularly about following AWS security best practices. For example, we published Adhere to IAM Best Practices in 2016 in January. Best practices can help you keep your AWS resources as secure as possible, and should be applied when you grant access inside and outside your organization. Building off AWS […]

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How to Use AWS Service Catalog for Code Deployments: Part 2 of the Automating HIPAA Compliance Series

In my previous blog post, I discussed the idea of using the cloud to protect the cloud and improving healthcare IT by applying DevSecOps methods. In Part 2 today, I will show an architecture composed of AWS services that gives healthcare security administrators necessary controls, allows healthcare developers to interact with the system using familiar […]

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How to Automate HIPAA Compliance (Part 1): Use the Cloud to Protect the Cloud

The United States healthcare ecosystem is highly complex. It is composed of review boards, regulating bodies, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, insurance payers, and a mix of public and private provider entities, all of which intersect and overlap. Underlying this system lays highly sensitive patient data, which is governed by the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and […]

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How to Configure Rate-Based Blacklisting with AWS WAF and AWS Lambda

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.   One security challenge you may have faced is how to prevent your web servers from being flooded by unwanted requests, or scanning tools such as bots and […]

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AWS FedRAMP-Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) Overlay Pilot Program

I’m pleased to announce a newly created resource for usage of the Federal Cloud—after successfully completing the testing phase of the FedRAMP-Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) Overlay pilot program, we’ve developed Guidance for TIC Readiness on AWS. This new way of architecting cloud solutions that address TIC capabilities (in a FedRAMP moderate baseline) comes as the […]

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