AWS Security Blog

Introducing s2n, a New Open Source TLS Implementation

At Amazon Web Services, strong encryption is one of our standard features, and an integral aspect of that is the TLS (previously called SSL) encryption protocol. TLS is used with every AWS API and is also available directly to customers of many AWS services including Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon S3, […]

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How to Receive Notifications When Your AWS Account’s Root Access Keys Are Used

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practices recommend using IAM users or roles to access your AWS resources, instead of using your root credentials. If you follow this best practice, though, how can you monitor for root activity and take action if such activity occurs? AWS CloudTrail and Amazon CloudWatch provide the solution. In […]

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PCI Compliance in the AWS Cloud

PCI compliance in the cloud is an important topic for many of our customers. Our PCI FAQ page has received more than 45,000 views, and we have issued our PCI compliance package directly to customers in all major regions and industry verticals. To build on our growing demand of PCI enablers, today we’re happy to […]

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Privacy and Data Security

Amazon knows customers care deeply about privacy and data security, and we optimize our work to get these issues right for customers. With this post I’d like to provide a number of observations on our policies and positions: Amazon does not disclose customer information unless we’re required to do so to comply with a legally […]

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Register for and Attend This June 16 Webinar–Deep Dive: Protecting Your Data with AWS Encryption

Update: The on-demand recording and slides from this webinar are now available.   As part of the AWS Webinar Series, AWS will present Deep Dive: Protecting Your Data with AWS Encryption on Tuesday, June 16. This webinar will start at 9:00 A.M. and end at 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time (UTC-7). AWS Principal Product Manager Ken Beer […]

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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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