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Tag: Amazon EC2

How to enable secure seamless single sign-on to Amazon EC2 Windows instances with AWS SSO

Today, we’re launching new functionality that simplifies the experience to securely access your AWS compute instances running Microsoft Windows. We took on this update to respond to customer feedback around creating a more streamlined experience for administrators and users to more securely access their EC2 Windows instances. The new experience utilizes your existing identity solutions […]

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Forensic investigation environment strategies in the AWS Cloud

When a deviation from your secure baseline occurs, it’s crucial to respond and resolve the issue quickly and follow up with a forensic investigation and root cause analysis. Having a preconfigured infrastructure and a practiced plan for using it when there’s a deviation from your baseline will help you to extract and analyze the information […]

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Use IAM Access Analyzer to generate IAM policies based on access activity found in your organization trail

In April 2021, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Access Analyzer added policy generation to help you create fine-grained policies based on AWS CloudTrail activity stored within your account. Now, we’re extending policy generation to enable you to generate policies based on access activity stored in a designated account. For example, you can use AWS […]

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Use EC2 Instance Connect to provide secure SSH access to EC2 instances with private IP addresses

In this post, I show you how to use Amazon EC2 Instance Connect to use Secure Shell (SSH) to securely access your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances running on private subnets within an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). EC2 Instance Connect provides a simple and secure way to connect to your EC2 […]

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How to confirm your automated Amazon EBS snapshots are still created after the TLS 1.2 uplift on AWS FIPS endpoints

We are happy to announce that all AWS Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) endpoints have been updated to only accept a minimum of Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 connections. This ensures that our customers who run regulated workloads can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements that mandate a minimum of TLS 1.2 encryption for data in transit. Attempts […]

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Review last accessed information to identify unused EC2, IAM, and Lambda permissions and tighten access for your IAM roles

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) helps customers analyze access and achieve least privilege. When you are working on new permissions for your team, you can use IAM Access Analyzer policy generation to create a policy based on your access activity and set fine-grained permissions. To analyze and refine existing permissions, you can use last […]

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IAM Access Analyzer makes it easier to implement least privilege permissions by generating IAM policies based on access activity

In 2019, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Access Analyzer was launched to help you remove unintended public and cross account access by analyzing your existing permissions. In March 2021, IAM Access Analyzer added policy validation to help you set secure and functional permissions during policy authoring. Now, IAM Access Analyzer takes that a step […]

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How you can use Amazon GuardDuty to detect suspicious activity within your AWS account

September 9, 2021: Amazon Elasticsearch Service has been renamed to Amazon OpenSearch Service. See details. Amazon GuardDuty is an automated threat detection service that continuously monitors for suspicious activity and unauthorized behavior to protect your AWS accounts, workloads, and data stored in Amazon S3. In this post, I’ll share how you can use GuardDuty with […]

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Secure and automated domain membership management for EC2 instances with no internet access

In this blog post, I show you how to deploy an automated solution that helps you fully automate the Active Directory join and unjoin process for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances that don’t have internet access. Managing Active Directory domain membership for EC2 instances in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud is a typical […]

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Automatically update security groups for Amazon CloudFront IP ranges using AWS Lambda

February 8, 2022: You can now use the new managed prefix list for CloudFront in your Security Group instead of this custom Lambda solution. Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network that can help you increase the performance of your web applications and significantly lower the latency of delivering content to your customers. For CloudFront […]

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