AWS Security Blog

Upcoming Security Sessions at re:Invent 2014

AWS re:Invent is only one month away! Several members of the AWS Security and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) teams will be presenting on security topics and answering your questions in the AWS Security Booth. We have 21 sessions covering security this year. In this blog post, I want to highlight six essential sessions […]

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Don’t Forget to Enable Access to the Billing Console!

We’ve seen a question appear periodically on the IAM forum about granting IAM users access to the AWS Billing console. The question is this: even after an administrator sets appropriate permissions for an IAM user to access the console, the user can’t get to the console. Why not? Access to the console actually requires two […]

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In Case You Missed Them: Some Recent Security Enhancements in AWS

With the steady cadence of updates and enhancements for AWS services, it can sometimes be easy to miss announcements about features that relate to security. Here are some recent security-related updates in AWS services that we’re excited about and that you might not have heard about. AWS Trusted Advisor inspects your AWS environment and finds […]

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AWS GovCloud Earns DoD CSM Level 3-5 Provisional Authorization

I’m very excited to share that AWS has received the first ever U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) level 3-5 Provisional Authorization for the AWS GovCloud (US) region under the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Cloud Security Model (CSM). AWS has been authorized for CSM levels 1-2 workloads for all US regions since March of this […]

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Amazon CloudSearch: Now with More Granular Access Control for Domains

Yesterday, Amazon CloudSearch released a new version that is fully integrated with AWS Identity and Access management (IAM) and enables you to control access to a domain’s document and search services. Jon Handler, an AWS Solution Architect who specializes in search, describes the new features. In March, we released a new Amazon CloudSearch API that […]

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AWS CloudTrail Now Logs AWS Management Console Sign-In Events

We’ve heard from many of you that you want greater visibility into when users sign in to the AWS Management Console. We are excited to announce that AWS CloudTrail now captures console sign-in events whenever an account owner, a federated user, or an IAM user signs into the console. For those of you who aren’t […]

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New IAM Features: Enhanced Password Management and Credential Reports

The AWS IAM team recently released new credential lifecycle management features that enable AWS account administrators to define and enforce security best practices for IAM users. We’ve expanded IAM password policies to enable self-service password rotation, on top of existing options to enforce password complexity. Furthermore, you can download reports for better visibility into the […]

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How Does Amazon Cognito Relate to Existing Web Identity Federation?

As you might have seen, AWS recently released Amazon Cognito, a user identity and data synchronization service that helps you securely manage and synchronize app data for your users across their mobile devices. If you develop mobile apps that call AWS services, you definitely want to check out Amazon Cognito. What is Amazon Cognito? Amazon […]

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