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AWS IAM Identity Center

How to use AWS managed applications with IAM Identity Center: Enable Amazon Q without migrating existing IAM federation flows

AWS IAM Identity Center is the preferred way to provide workforce access to Amazon Web Services (AWS) accounts, and enables you to provide workforce access to many AWS managed applications, such as Amazon Q. As we continue to release more AWS managed applications, customers have told us they want to onboard to IAM Identity Center […]

How to access AWS resources from Microsoft Entra ID tenants using AWS Security Token Service

Use of long-term access keys for authentication between cloud resources increases the risk of key exposure and unauthorized secrets reuse. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has developed a solution to enable customers to securely authenticate Azure resources with AWS resources using short-lived tokens to reduce risks to secure authentication. In this post, we guide you through […]

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IAM Access Analyzer simplifies inspection of unused access in your organization

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Access Analyzer offers tools that help you set, verify, and refine permissions. You can use IAM Access Analyzer external access findings to continuously monitor your AWS Organizations organization and Amazon Web Services (AWS) accounts for public and cross-account access to your resources, and verify that only intended external access […]

Security at multiple layers for web-administered apps

In this post, I will show you how to apply security at multiple layers of a web application hosted on AWS. Apply security at all layers is a design principle of the Security pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. It encourages you to apply security at the network edge, virtual private cloud (VPC), load balancer, […]

Introducing IAM Access Analyzer custom policy checks

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Access Analyzer was launched in late 2019. Access Analyzer guides customers toward least-privilege permissions across Amazon Web Services (AWS) by using analysis techniques, such as automated reasoning, to make it simpler for customers to set, verify, and refine IAM permissions. Today, we are excited to announce the general availability […]

Writing IAM Policies: Grant Access to User-Specific Folders in an Amazon S3 Bucket

Mar 25, 2024: We have fixed the JSON code examples which caused errors by replacing the curly quotes with straight quotes. November 14, 2023: We’ve updated this post to use IAM Identity Center and follow updated IAM best practices. In this post, we discuss the concept of folders in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) […]

Get the full benefits of IMDSv2 and disable IMDSv1 across your AWS infrastructure

The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Instance Metadata Service (IMDS) helps customers build secure and scalable applications. IMDS solves a security challenge for cloud users by providing access to temporary and frequently-rotated credentials, and by removing the need to hardcode or distribute sensitive credentials to instances manually or programmatically. The Instance Metadata Service Version 2 (IMDSv2) […]

Validate IAM policies by using IAM Policy Validator for AWS CloudFormation and GitHub Actions

Validate IAM policies by using IAM Policy Validator for AWS CloudFormation and GitHub Actions

April 15, 2024: AWS has launched two new GitHub Actions that can be used to simplify some of the steps covered in this blog post. Click here to learn more abbot the new GitHub actions for AWS CloudFormation and HashiCorp’s Terraform. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to automate the validation of AWS […]

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How to receive alerts when your IAM configuration changes

August 21, 2023: This post had been updated to change from wildcard pattern matching to using “prefixes” for EventBridge pattern rules. July 27, 2023: This post was originally published February 5, 2015, and received a major update July 31, 2023. As an Amazon Web Services (AWS) administrator, it’s crucial for you to implement robust protective […]

IAM Policies and Bucket Policies and ACLs! Oh, My! (Controlling Access to S3 Resources)

September 11, 2023: This post has been updated. Updated on July 6, 2023: This post has been updated to reflect the current guidance around the usage of S3 ACL and to include S3 Access Points and the Block Public Access for accounts and S3 buckets. Updated on April 27, 2023: Amazon S3 now automatically enables […]