AWS Security Blog

Tag: PII

How to query and visualize Macie sensitive data discovery results with Athena and QuickSight

Amazon Macie is a fully managed data security service that uses machine learning and pattern matching to help you discover and protect sensitive data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). With Macie, you can analyze objects in your S3 buckets to detect occurrences of sensitive data, such as personally identifiable information (PII), financial information, personal health information, and access credentials. […]

Best practices: Securing your Amazon Location Service resources

Location data is subjected to heavy scrutiny by security experts. Knowing the current position of a person, vehicle, or asset can provide industries with many benefits, whether to understand where a current delivery is, how many people are inside a venue, or to optimize routing for a fleet of vehicles. This blog post explains how […]

How to use tokenization to improve data security and reduce audit scope

Tokenization of sensitive data elements is a hot topic, but you may not know what to tokenize, or even how to determine if tokenization is right for your organization’s business needs. Industries subject to financial, data security, regulatory, or privacy compliance standards are increasingly looking for tokenization solutions to minimize distribution of sensitive data, reduce […]

How to protect sensitive data for its entire lifecycle in AWS

Many Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer workflows require ingesting sensitive and regulated data such as Payments Card Industry (PCI) data, personally identifiable information (PII), and protected health information (PHI). In this post, I’ll show you a method designed to protect sensitive data for its entire lifecycle in AWS. This method can help enhance your data […]

Use Macie to discover sensitive data as part of automated data pipelines

Data is a crucial part of every business and is used for strategic decision making at all levels of an organization. To extract value from their data more quickly, Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers are building automated data pipelines—from data ingestion to transformation and analytics. As part of this process, my customers often ask how […]

Newly Updated Whitepaper: FERPA Compliance on AWS

One of the main tenets of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the protection of student education records, including personally identifiable information (PII) and directory information. We recently updated our FERPA Compliance on AWS whitepaper to include AWS service-specific guidance for 24 AWS services. The whitepaper describes how these services can be […]

How to Query Personally Identifiable Information with Amazon Macie

June 15, 2020: This blog is out of date. Please refer here for the updated info: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-enhanced-amazon-macie-now-available/ In August 2017 at the AWS Summit New York, AWS launched a new security and compliance service called Amazon Macie. Macie uses machine learning to automatically discover, classify, and protect sensitive data in AWS. In this blog post, […]

AWS Announces Amazon Macie

June 15, 2020: Amazon Macie recently launched an enhanced version.  Please refer here for the updated info: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-enhanced-amazon-macie-now-available/ I’m pleased to announce that today we’ve launched a new security service, Amazon Macie. This service leverages machine learning to help customers prevent data loss by automatically discovering, classifying, and protecting sensitive data in AWS. Amazon Macie recognizes […]