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Tag: Identity

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). […]

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How to use regional SAML endpoints for failover

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 managing multiple sources of identities. Some customers have previously configured federation by using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) with the endpoint signin.aws.amazon.com. Although this endpoint is highly available, it is […]

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Establishing a data perimeter on AWS

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 you set up multiple accounts as your workloads grow to isolate applications and data that have specific security requirements. AWS tools can help you establish a data perimeter […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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

June 7, 2022: Amazon Cognito now supports propagation of IP Address in un-authenticated APIs, blog post has been updated to include information on enabling IP Address propagation through the proxy layer and update solution limitations section to remove this limitation from the list. In Amazon Cognito user pools, an app client is an entity that […]

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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 […]

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How to relate IAM role activity to corporate identity

September 8, 2021: The post was updated to correct a typo about the CloudTrail log snippet. April 14, 2021: In the section “Use the SourceIdentity attribute with identity federation,” we updated “AWS SSO” to “sign-in endpoint” for clarity. AWS Security Token Service (AWS STS) now offers customers the ability to specify a unique identity attribute […]

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Highlights from the latest AWS Identity launches

Here is the latest from AWS Identity from November 2020 through February 2021. The features highlighted in this blog post can help you manage and secure your Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment. Identity services answer the question of who has access to what. They enable you to securely manage identities, resources, and permissions at scale and […]

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