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Tag: Identity

Establishing a data perimeter on AWS: Allow only trusted identities to access company data

As described in an earlier blog post, Establishing a data perimeter on AWS, Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a set of capabilities you can use to implement a data perimeter to help prevent unintended access. One type of unintended access that companies want to prevent is access to corporate data by users who do not […]

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 […]

When and where to use IAM permissions boundaries

Customers often ask for guidance on permissions boundaries in AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and when, where, and how to use them. A permissions boundary is an IAM feature that helps your centralized cloud IAM teams to safely empower your application developers to create new IAM roles and policies in Amazon Web Services (AWS). […]

How to use regional SAML endpoints for failover

August 10, 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. Many Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers choose to use federation with SAML 2.0 in order to use their existing identity provider (IdP) and avoid […]

Establishing a data perimeter on AWS: Overview

November 23, 2022: This post had been updated to align with a related post: Establishing a data perimeter on AWS: Allow only trusted identities to access company data For your sensitive data on AWS, you should implement security controls, including identity and access management, infrastructure security, and data protection. Amazon Web Services (AWS) recommends that […]

How to integrate AWS STS SourceIdentity with your identity provider

You can use third-party identity providers (IdPs) such as Okta, Ping, or OneLogin to federate with the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service using SAML 2.0, allowing your workforce to configure services by providing authorization access to the AWS Management Console or Command Line Interface (CLI). When you federate to AWS, you assume a […]

How to set up Amazon Cognito for federated authentication using Azure AD

In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the steps to integrate Azure AD as a federated identity provider in Amazon Cognito user pool. A user pool is a user directory in Amazon Cognito that provides sign-up and sign-in options for your app users. Identity management and authentication flow can be challenging when you need […]

Implement OAuth 2.0 device grant flow by using Amazon Cognito and AWS Lambda

In this blog post, you’ll learn how to implement the OAuth 2.0 device authorization grant flow for Amazon Cognito by using AWS Lambda and Amazon DynamoDB. When you implement the OAuth 2.0 authorization framework (RFC 6749) for internet-connected devices with limited input capabilities or that lack a user-friendly browser—such as wearables, smart assistants, video-streaming devices, […]

Protect public clients for Amazon Cognito by using an Amazon CloudFront proxy

Sep 6 2022: Amazon Cognito user pools now support native integration with AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF), with this native feature, you can enable WAF protection on the user pool without the need to create a proxy. The pattern described in this blog post is still valid and can be used in use cases where […]

IAM makes it easier for you to manage permissions for AWS services accessing your resources

Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers are storing an unprecedented amount of data on AWS for a range of use cases, including data lakes and analytics, machine learning, and enterprise applications. Customers secure their data by implementing data security controls including identity and access management, network security, and encryption. For non-public, sensitive data, customers want to […]