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Tag: AWS IAM

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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How to Use a Single IAM User to Easily Access All Your Accounts by Using the AWS CLI

Many AWS customers keep their environments separated from each other: development resources do not interact with production, and vice versa. One way to achieve this separation is by using multiple AWS accounts. Though this approach does help with resource isolation, it can increase your user management because each AWS account can have its own AWS […]

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AWS Releases Preview of SMS MFA for IAM Users

Today, AWS introduced the preview of Short Message Service (SMS) support for multi-factor authentication (MFA), making it easier for you to implement a security best practice. Until now, you could enable MFA for AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users only with hardware or virtual MFA tokens, but this new feature enables you to use […]

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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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