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Tag: IAM

The anatomy of ransomware event targeting data residing in Amazon S3

Ransomware events have significantly increased over the past several years and captured worldwide attention. Traditional ransomware events affect mostly infrastructure resources like servers, databases, and connected file systems. However, there are also non-traditional events that you may not be as familiar with, such as ransomware events that target data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service […]

How to revoke federated users’ active AWS sessions

February 6, 2023: Updates added to explain an additional detail regarding the sourceIdentity field. In addition to using the sourceIdentity field to reference the user through various roles they have assumed, you may also construct your IAM trust policies to enforce acceptable sourceIdentity values or ensure any value for sourceIdentity is set. When you use […]

How to secure your SaaS tenant data in DynamoDB with ABAC and client-side encryption

If you’re a SaaS vendor, you may need to store and process personal and sensitive data for large numbers of customers across different geographies. When processing sensitive data at scale, you have an increased responsibility to secure this data end-to-end. Client-side encryption of data, such as your customers’ contact information, provides an additional mechanism that […]

You can now assign multiple MFA devices in IAM

At Amazon Web Services (AWS), security is our top priority, and configuring multi-factor authentication (MFA) on accounts is an important step in securing your organization. Now, you can add multiple MFA devices to AWS account root users and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users in your AWS accounts. This helps you to raise the […]

Announcing an update to IAM role trust policy behavior

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) is changing an aspect of how role trust policy evaluation behaves when a role assumes itself. Previously, roles implicitly trusted themselves from a role trust policy perspective if they had identity-based permissions to assume themselves. After receiving and considering feedback from customers on this topic, AWS is changing role […]

How to let builders create IAM resources while improving security and agility for your organization

Updated on September 7, 2022: The post had been updated to rephrase the brief of creating builder role with the builder policy attached as the permissions policy. Many organizations restrict permissions to create and manage AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) resources to a group of privileged users or a central team. This post explains […]

How to centralize findings and automate deletion for unused IAM roles

Maintaining AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) resources is similar to keeping your garden healthy over time. Having visibility into your IAM resources, especially the resources that are no longer used, is important to keep your AWS environment secure. Proactively detecting and responding to unused IAM roles helps you prevent unauthorized entities from gaining access […]

Scale your workforce access management with AWS IAM Identity Center (previously known as AWS SSO)

AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) is now AWS IAM Identity Center. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is changing the name to highlight the service’s foundation in AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), to better reflect its full set of capabilities, and to reinforce its recommended role as the central place to manage access across AWS accounts […]

Extend AWS IAM roles to workloads outside of AWS with IAM Roles Anywhere

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) has now made it easier for you to use IAM roles for your workloads that are running outside of AWS, with the release of IAM Roles Anywhere. This feature extends the capabilities of IAM roles to workloads outside of AWS. You can use IAM Roles Anywhere to provide a […]

A sneak peek at the identity and access management sessions for AWS re:Inforce 2022

September 12, 2022: This blog post has been updated to reflect the new name of AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) – AWS IAM Identity Center. Read more about the name change here. Register now with discount code SALFNj7FaRe to get $150 off your full conference pass to AWS re:Inforce. For a limited time only and while […]