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Tag: Access keys

New Information in the AWS IAM Console Helps You Follow IAM Best Practices

Today, we added new information to the Users section of the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console to make it easier for you to follow IAM best practices. With this new information, you can more easily monitor users’ activity in your AWS account and identify access keys and passwords that you should rotate regularly. You can […]

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Getting Started: Follow Security Best Practices as You Configure Your AWS Resources

After you create your first AWS account, you might be tempted to start immediately addressing the issue that brought you to AWS. For example, you might set up your first website, spin up a virtual server, or create your first storage solution. However, AWS recommends that first, you follow some security best practices to help […]

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Introducing IAM Console Search

We continually review your input submitted via the Feedback link on the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console. Based on our recent review of that feedback, one of the features most frequently requested by you is the ability to search for an IAM user with their associated access key ID. To address this request […]

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Use AWS Services to Adhere to Security Best Practices—Minus the Inordinate Time Investment

As security professionals, it is our job to be sure that our decisions adhere to best practices. Best practices, though, tend to be time consuming, which means we either don’t get around to following best practices, or we spend too much time on tedious, manual tasks. This blog post includes two examples where AWS services […]

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New in IAM: Quickly Identify When an Access Key Was Last Used

Rotate access keys regularly and remove inactive users. You’ve probably heard us mention these as two AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) security best practices. But how do you know when access keys (for an IAM user or the root account) are no longer in use and safe to delete? To help you answer this […]

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An Easier Way to Determine the Presence of AWS Account Access Keys

Last month, the AWS Security Blog encouraged you to adhere to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practices. One of these best practices is to lock away your AWS account (root) access keys and password, and not use them for day-to-day interaction with AWS. In fact, when it comes to your root account access […]

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A New and Standardized Way to Manage Credentials in the AWS SDKs

One of the advantages of using the AWS SDKs for programmatic access to AWS is that the SDKs handle the task of signing requests. All you have to do is provide AWS credentials (access key id and secret access key), and when you invoke a method that makes a call to AWS, the SDK translates […]

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Want Help with Securing Your AWS Account? Here Are Some Resources

Some customers have asked how they should be using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to help limit their exposure to problems like those that have recently been in the news. In general, AWS recommends that you enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your AWS account and for IAM users who are allowed to perform sensitive […]

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Some AWS SDKs Security Features You Should Know About

The AWS SDK team recently added and documented some security-related features that we think you shouldn’t miss. Check these out! Updates for managing access keys in the .NET and Java SDKs. In Referencing Credentials using Profiles, blogger Norm Johanson describes how you can now put a credentials file in your user folder. This great security […]

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What to Do If You Inadvertently Expose an AWS Access Key

Keeping your AWS keys secure is one of the most important things you can do. This week Will Kruse, Security Engineer on the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) team, explains the steps to safeguard your account in the event you inadvertently expose your AWS access key. Your AWS credentials (access key ID and secret access […]

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