AWS Security Blog

Tag: AWS IAM

How to Detect and Automatically Revoke Unintended IAM Access with Amazon CloudWatch Events

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) enables you to create IAM users and roles in your account, each with a specific set of permissions. For example, you can create administrative users who have access to all AWS APIs (also called actions), and you can create other users who have access to only a specific subset […]

Read More

How to Easily Identify Your Federated Users by Using AWS CloudTrail

Starting today, you can use AWS CloudTrail to track the activity of your federated users (web identity federation and Security Assertion Markup Language [SAML]). For example, you can now use CloudTrail to identify a SAML federated user who terminated an Amazon EC2 instance in your AWS account, or to identify a mobile application user who […]

Read More

Register for and Attend This March 30 Webinar—Best Practices for Managing Security Operations in AWS

Update: The video and slides from the webinar are now available. As part of the AWS Webinar Series, AWS will present Best Practices for Managing Security Operations in AWS on Wednesday, March 30. This webinar will start at 10:30 A.M. and end at 11:30 A.M. Pacific Time (UTC-7). AWS Security Solutions Architect Henrik Johansson will share […]

Read More

Free qwikLABS Online Labs Through the End of March

To celebrate 10 years of AWS, qwikLABS is offering 95 free online labs through the end of March 2016. Here are some of the labs related to security and compliance that you can take for free while the offer is live: Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Introduction to AWS Key Management Service Performing […]

Read More

How to Set Up Uninterrupted, Federated User Access to AWS Using AD FS

Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) is a common identity provider that many AWS customers use to give federated users access to the AWS Management Console. AD FS uses multiple certificates to ensure secure communication between servers and to act as authentication mechanisms. One such mechanism is called the token-signing certificate. When the token-signing certificate expires, […]

Read More

How to Automate Restricting Access to a VPC by Using AWS IAM and AWS CloudFormation

Back in September, I wrote about How to Help Lock Down a User’s Amazon EC2 Capabilities to a Single VPC. In that blog post, I highlighted what I have found to be an effective approach to the virtual private cloud (VPC) lockdown scenario. Since that time, I have worked on making the related information easier […]

Read More

In Case You Missed These: AWS Security Blog Posts from January and February

In case you missed any of the AWS Security Blog posts from January and February, they are summarized and linked to below. The posts are shown in reverse chronological order (most recent first), and the subject matter ranges from using AWS WAF to automating HIPAA compliance. February February 29, AWS Compliance Announcement: Announcing Industry Best Practices […]

Read More

Another Way to Remove Unnecessary Permissions in Your IAM Policies by Using Service Last Accessed Data

In my previous post, I introduced service last accessed data, a new feature of the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console that helps you define policies that adhere better to the principle of least privilege. As part of that post, I walked through a sample use case demonstrating how you can use service last […]

Read More

How to Automatically Update Your Security Groups for Amazon CloudFront and AWS WAF by Using AWS Lambda

Updated: December 9, 2016 Amazon CloudFront can help you increase the performance of your web applications and significantly lower the latency of delivering content to your customers. Recently announced, AWS WAF (a web application firewall) gives you control over which traffic to allow or block by defining customizable web security rules. In conjunction with AWS WAF, […]

Read More

Remove Unnecessary Permissions in Your IAM Policies by Using Service Last Accessed Data

As a security best practice, AWS recommends writing AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies that adhere to the principle of least privilege, which means granting only the permissions required to perform a specific task. However, verifying which permissions an application or user actually needs can be a challenge. To help you determine which permissions […]

Read More