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Tag: Amazon Cognito

Top 2021 AWS service launches security professionals should review – Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we shared an overview of some of the most important 2021 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security service and feature launches. In this follow-up, we’ll dive deep into additional launches that are important for security professionals to be aware of and understand across all AWS services. There have already […]

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Figure 2. Get the projectID and inset it in a custom claim in the Identity token

Use Amazon Cognito to add claims to an identity token for fine-grained authorization

With Amazon Cognito, you can quickly add user sign-up, sign-in, and access control to your web and mobile applications. After a user signs in successfully, Cognito generates an identity token for user authorization. The service provides a pre token generation trigger, which you can use to customize identity token claims before token generation. In this […]

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Best practices: Securing your Amazon Location Service resources

Location data is subjected to heavy scrutiny by security experts. Knowing the current position of a person, vehicle, or asset can provide industries with many benefits, whether to understand where a current delivery is, how many people are inside a venue, or to optimize routing for a fleet of vehicles. This blog post explains how […]

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How to set up Amazon Cognito for federated authentication using Azure AD

In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the steps to integrate Azure AD as a federated identity provider in Amazon Cognito user pool. A user pool is a user directory in Amazon Cognito that provides sign-up and sign-in options for your app users. Identity management and authentication flow can be challenging when you need […]

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Implement OAuth 2.0 device grant flow by using Amazon Cognito and AWS Lambda

In this blog post, you’ll learn how to implement the OAuth 2.0 device authorization grant flow for Amazon Cognito by using AWS Lambda and Amazon DynamoDB. When you implement the OAuth 2.0 authorization framework (RFC 6749) for internet-connected devices with limited input capabilities or that lack a user-friendly browser—such as wearables, smart assistants, video-streaming devices, […]

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17 additional AWS services authorized for DoD workloads in the AWS GovCloud Regions

I’m pleased to announce that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has authorized 17 additional Amazon Web Services (AWS) services and features in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions, bringing the total to 105 services and major features that are authorized for use by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). AWS now offers additional services to […]

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Access token security for microservice APIs on Amazon EKS

In this blog post, I demonstrate how to implement service-to-service authorization using OAuth 2.0 access tokens for microservice APIs hosted on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS). A common use case for OAuth 2.0 access tokens is to facilitate user authorization to a public facing application. Access tokens can also be used to identify and […]

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Protect public clients for Amazon Cognito by using an Amazon CloudFront proxy

June 7, 2022: Amazon Cognito now supports propagation of IP Address in un-authenticated APIs, blog post has been updated to include information on enabling IP Address propagation through the proxy layer and update solution limitations section to remove this limitation from the list. In Amazon Cognito user pools, an app client is an entity that […]

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How to integrate third-party IdP using developer authenticated identities

Amazon Cognito identity pools enable you to create and manage unique identifiers for your users and provide temporary, limited-privilege credentials to your application to access AWS resources. Currently, there are several out of the box external identity providers (IdPs) to integrate with Amazon Cognito identity pools, including Facebook, Google, and Apple. If your application’s primary […]

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Building fine-grained authorization using Amazon Cognito, API Gateway, and IAM

June 5, 2021: We’ve updated Figure 1: User request flow. Authorizing functionality of an application based on group membership is a best practice. If you’re building APIs with Amazon API Gateway and you need fine-grained access control for your users, you can use Amazon Cognito. Amazon Cognito allows you to use groups to create a […]

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