AWS Security Blog

Tag: MFA

Announcement: Availability of AWS recommendations for the management of AWS root account credentials

When AWS customers open their first account, they assume the responsibility for securely managing access to their root account credentials, under the Shared Responsibility Model. Initially protected by a password, it is the responsibility of each AWS customer to make decisions based on their operational and security requirements as to how they configure and manage […]

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How to configure Duo multi-factor authentication with Amazon Cognito

Adding multi-factor authentication (MFA) reduces the risk of user account take-over, phishing attacks, and password theft. Adding MFA while providing a frictionless sign-in experience requires you to offer a variety of MFA options that support a wide range of users and devices. Let’s see how you can achieve that with Amazon Cognito and Duo MFA. […]

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Top 10 security items to improve in your AWS account

If you’re looking to improve your cloud security, a good place to start is to follow the top 10 most important cloud security tips that Stephen Schmidt, Chief Information Security Officer for AWS, laid out at AWS re:Invent 2019. Below are the tips, expanded to help you take action. 1) Accurate account information When AWS […]

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Add a layer of security for AWS SSO user portal sign-in with context-aware email-based verification

If you’re an IT administrator of a growing workforce, your users will require access to a growing number of business applications and AWS accounts. You can use AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) to create and manage users centrally and grant access to AWS accounts and business applications, such as such Salesforce, Box, and Slack. When […]

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Use YubiKey security key to sign into AWS Management Console with YubiKey for multi-factor authentication

Update on October 8, 2018: After we launched support for security devices manufactured by Yubico on September 25, 2018, we received feedback from customers to support other U2F security key providers, as well. Starting October 8, 2018, you can now enable other U2F security keys as an MFA device for your root and IAM users. […]

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The Top 20 Most Viewed AWS IAM Documentation Pages in 2017

The following 20 pages were the most viewed AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) documentation pages in 2017. I have included a brief description with each link to explain what each page covers. Use this list to see what other AWS customers have been viewing and perhaps to pique your own interest in a topic you’ve […]

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The 10 Most Viewed Security-Related AWS Knowledge Center Articles and Videos for November 2017

The AWS Knowledge Center helps answer the questions most frequently asked by AWS Support customers. The following 10 Knowledge Center security articles and videos have been the most viewed this month. It’s likely you’ve wondered about a few of these topics yourself, so here’s a chance to learn the answers! How do I create an AWS […]

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Reset Your AWS Root Account’s Lost MFA Device Faster by Using the AWS Management Console

To help secure your AWS resources, AWS recommends that you follow the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practice of enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) for the root user of your account. With MFA turned on, the root user of your account is required to submit one form of authentication, which is the account password, […]

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New Information in the AWS IAM Console Helps You Follow IAM Best Practices

Today, we added new information to the Users section of the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console to make it easier for you to follow IAM best practices. With this new information, you can more easily monitor users’ activity in your AWS account and identify access keys and passwords that you should rotate regularly. You can […]

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Getting Started: Follow Security Best Practices as You Configure Your AWS Resources

After you create your first AWS account, you might be tempted to start immediately addressing the issue that brought you to AWS. For example, you might set up your first website, spin up a virtual server, or create your first storage solution. However, AWS recommends that first, you follow some security best practices to help […]

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