AWS Security Blog

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 […]

AWS IAM Identity Center

Define a custom session duration and terminate active sessions in IAM Identity Center

Managing access to accounts and applications requires a balance between delivering simple, convenient access and managing the risks associated with active user sessions. Based on your organization’s needs, you might want to make it simple for end users to sign in and to operate long enough to get their work done, without the disruptions associated […]

How to set up ongoing replication from your third-party secrets manager to AWS Secrets Manager

How to set up ongoing replication from your third-party secrets manager to AWS Secrets Manager

Secrets managers are a great tool to securely store your secrets and provide access to secret material to a set of individuals, applications, or systems that you trust. Across your environments, you might have multiple secrets managers hosted on different providers, which can increase the complexity of maintaining a consistent operating model for your secrets. […]

Reduce risk by implementing HttpOnly cookie authentication in Amazon API Gateway

Some web applications need to protect their authentication tokens or session IDs from cross-site scripting (XSS). It’s an Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) best practice for session management to store secrets in the browsers’ cookie store with the HttpOnly attribute enabled. When cookies have the HttpOnly attribute set, the browser will prevent client-side JavaScript […]

AWS achieves ISO 20000-1:2018 certification for 109 services

We continue to expand the scope of our assurance programs at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and are pleased to announce that AWS Regions and AWS Edge locations are now certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 20000-1:2018 standard. This certification demonstrates our continuous commitment to adhere to the heightened expectations for cloud service providers. […]

Visualize AWS WAF logs with an Amazon CloudWatch dashboard

AWS WAF is a web application firewall service that helps you protect your applications from common exploits that could affect your application’s availability and your security posture. One of the most useful ways to detect and respond to malicious web activity is to collect and analyze AWS WAF logs. You can perform this task conveniently […]

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How to run AWS CloudHSM workloads in container environments

January 25, 2023: We updated this post to reflect the fact that CloudHSM SDK3 does not support serverless environments and we strongly recommend deploying SDK5. AWS CloudHSM provides hardware security modules (HSMs) in the AWS Cloud. With CloudHSM, you can generate and use your own encryption keys in the AWS Cloud, and manage your keys […]

United Arab Emirates IAR compliance assessment report is now available with 58 services in scope

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pleased to announce the publication of our compliance assessment report on the Information Assurance Regulation (IAR) established by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) of the United Arab Emirates. The report covers the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region, with 58 services in scope of the assessment. The IAR […]

How to improve security incident investigations using Amazon Detective finding groups

Uncovering the root cause of an Amazon GuardDuty finding can be a complex task, requiring security operations center (SOC) analysts to collect a variety of logs, correlate information across logs, and determine the full scope of affected resources. Sometimes you need to do this type of in-depth analysis because investigating individual security findings in insolation […]

Deploy a dashboard for AWS WAF with minimal effort

January 24, 2023: This post was republished to update the code, architecture, and narrative. September 9, 2021: Amazon Elasticsearch Service has been renamed to Amazon OpenSearch Service. See details. In this post, we’ll show you how to deploy a solution in your Amazon Web Services (AWS) account that will provide a fully automated dashboard for […]