AWS and the European Banking Authority Guidelines on Outsourcing

Financial institutions across the globe use AWS to transform the way they do business. It’s exciting to watch our customers in the financial services industry innovate on AWS in unique ways, across all geos and use cases. Regulations continue to evolve in this space, and we’re working hard to help customers proactively respond to new rules and guidelines. In many cases, the AWS Cloud makes it easier than ever before…

September 9, 2019
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How to add DNS filtering to your NAT instance with Squid

Note from September 4, 2019: We’ve updated this blog post, initially published on January 26, 2016. Major changes include: support of Amazon Linux 2, no longer having to compile Squid 3.5, and a high availability version of the solution across two availability zones. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) enables you to launch AWS resources on a virtual private network that you’ve defined. On an Amazon VPC, many people use…

September 4, 2019
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64 AWS services achieve HITRUST certification

We’re excited to announce that 64 AWS services are now certified for the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF). The full list of AWS services that were audited by a third party auditor and certified under HITRUST CSF is available on our Services in Scope by Compliance Program page. You can view and download our HITRUST CSF certification here: The HITRUST certification allows AWS customers to tailor…

August 29, 2019
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Nine AWS Security Hub best practices

AWS Security Hub is a security and compliance service that became generally available on June 25, 2019. It provides you with extensive visibility into your security and compliance status across multiple AWS accounts, in a single dashboard per region. The service helps you monitor critical settings to ensure that your AWS accounts remain secure, allowing you to notice and react quickly to any changes in your environment. AWS Security Hub…

August 23, 2019
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How to deploy CloudHSM to securely share your keys with your SaaS provider

If your organization is using software as a service (SaaS), your data is likely stored and protected by the SaaS provider. However, depending on the type of data that your organization stores and the compliance requirements that it must meet, you might need more control over how the encryption keys are stored, protected, and used. In this post, I’ll show you two options for deploying and managing your own CloudHSM…

August 5, 2019
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AWS achieves OSPAR outsourcing standard for Singapore financial industry

AWS has achieved the Outsourced Service Provider Audit Report (OSPAR) attestation for 66 services in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region. The OSPAR assessment is performed by an independent third party auditor. AWS’s OSPAR demonstrates that AWS has a system of controls in place that meet the Association of Banks in Singapore’s Guidelines on Control Objectives and Procedures for Outsourced Service Providers (ABS Guidelines). The ABS Guidelines are intended to assist…

August 1, 2019
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Introducing the “Preparing for the California Consumer Privacy Act” whitepaper

AWS has published a whitepaper, Preparing for the California Consumer Protection Act, to provide guidance on designing and updating your cloud architecture to follow the requirements of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The whitepaper is intended for engineers and solution builders, but it also serves as a guide for qualified security assessors (QSAs) and internal security assessors (ISAs) so that you…

July 31, 2019
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Spring 2019 PCI DSS report now available, 12 services added in scope

At AWS Security, continuously raising the cloud security bar for our customers is central to all that we do. Part of that work is focused on our formal compliance certifications, which enable our customers to use the AWS cloud for highly sensitive and/or regulated workloads. We see our customers constantly developing creative and innovative solutions—and in order for them to continue to do so, we need to increase the availability…

July 23, 2019
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AWS Security Profile: Rustan Leino, Senior Principal Applied Scientist

I recently sat down with Rustan from the Automated Reasoning Group (ARG) at AWS to learn more about the prestigious Computer Aided Verification (CAV) Award that he received, and to understand the work that led to the prize. CAV is a top international conference on formal verification of software and hardware. It brings together experts in this field to discuss groundbreaking research and applications of formal verification in both academia…

July 16, 2019
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How to get specific security information about AWS services

Marta Taggart Marta is a Seattle-native and Senior Program Manager in AWS Security, where she focuses on privacy, content development, and educational programs. Her interest in education stems from two years she spent in the education sector while serving in the Peace Corps in Romania. In her free time, she’s on a global hunt for the perfect cup of coffee.

July 15, 2019
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