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Tag: AWS IAM

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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AWS Security Token Service Will Soon Be Active by Default in All AWS Regions

By the end of November 2015, AWS Security Token Service (STS) will be active by default in all AWS regions, which means that your applications and services can call AWS STS in a region geographically closer to you. This change will optimize latencies and improve application performance. Additionally, the multiregional resiliency provided by AWS STS […]

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Test Resource-Level Permissions Using the IAM Policy Simulator

To make it easier for you to test, verify, and understand resource-level permissions in your account, the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy simulator will now automatically provide a list of resources and parameters required for each AWS action. These enhancements provide you with more accurate simulation results and help ensure that your policies […]

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New Tabbed Organization of Your Resources in the IAM Console

Today, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) enhanced the IAM console user interface to make it easier to view details about your users, groups, roles, and policies (“IAM entities”). The detail pages for these IAM entities now are organized with tabs for easier browsing so that you can quickly switch between them with minimal scrolling. […]

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Now Available: Videos and Slide Decks from the re:Invent 2015 Security and Compliance Track

Whether you want to review a Security and Compliance track session you attended at re:Invent 2015, or you want to experience a session for the first time, videos and slide decks from the Security and Compliance track are now available. SEC201: AWS Security State of the Union: How Should We All Think About Security? Video Slide […]

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Learn About the Rest of the Security and Compliance Track Sessions Being Offered at re:Invent 2015

Previously, I mentioned that the re:Invent 2015 Security & Compliance track sessions had been announced, and I also discussed the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) sessions that will be offered as part of the Security & Compliance track. Today, I will highlight the remainder of the sessions that will be presented as part of the […]

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How to Help Lock Down a User’s Amazon EC2 Capabilities to a Single VPC

As a cloud support engineer, I am frequently asked this question: “How can I lock down my user’s Amazon EC2 access to a single VPC?” This blog post will answer the question and explain how you can help control this level of access through the use of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies and […]

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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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