AWS IAM (Identity and Access Management)

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What is AWS IAM?

Amazon Web Services Identity and Access Management (IAM) is considered as the Web Service for controlling access to AWS services in a secured manner. By the help of IAM, one can easily manage the user's assessment or else records, security credentials such as access keys and permissions which can control all the resources of AWS users in reliable way and applications can control access. Identity and Access Management can be easily used for AWS resources (authentication) and the usage of resources (authorization).

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All the account credentials can be easily maintained private and enormous IAM users can also be created under the umbrella of AWS account or else temporary access which can be easily done through identity federation with third parties providers or else corporate directories. Let us see the features of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM),

Shared Access to your AWS Account

Granular Permissions

Secured Access to AWS Resources for Applications to run on EC2

Identity Federation

Identity Information for Assurance

PCI DSS Compliance

Integrated with many AWS Services


Free to Use

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AWS IAM can easily control the users who can access the system and the required methods to get in. Amazon IAM is mostly for anyone with certain route access to an account who is responsible for managing a group or else delegating privileges to manipulate a service such as a system administrator.

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What are AWS IAM Roles?

AWS IAM role is same as the user in which AWS identity with certain permission policies to determine specific identity that can or cannot be done with AWS. One can also use similar roles to delegate certain access to the users, applications or else services to have access to AWS resources.

The roles of AWS IAM are given below in a detailed manner like

Increasing of security and taking help for protection of certain AWS resources and also the configuration of Multi-Factor authentication can be done.

The Best Practice of IAM users is that to enable MFA on Root accounts and privileged users

Multi-Factor Authentication which can be config with ease

               Security Token Based

IAM Users or else AWS Root Users are mostly assigned to a hardware or else virtual MFA devices  

Based upon the synchronization of One Time Password algorithms, it can easily generate six-digit numeric code which is required at the time of authentication process

               SMS Text Message-Based (Preview Mode)

By using the phone number of users, IAM user can easily config with SMS compatible mobile devices that will receive a 6 digit code form AWS technology.

Only for IAM Users, SMS Based MFA is always available and it mostly does not work for AWS root account

As Root users and IAM users are with separate entities, MFA needs to be enabled in respective format. Particularly, enabling of MFA on root do not mostly enable it for all other users.

The MFA device will get activated with only one IAM user or else AWS account respectively

Suppose the MFA device suddenly stops working or else lost, then there is no authentication to log in to AWS console and need to reach out to AWS support for deactivation of MFA

The protection of MFA is easily enabled for respective service API calls by using Condition Bool which gives support to temporary security credentials.

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What is AWS IAM CLI?

One can only use the AWS IAM Command Line Interface by using the respective role to get signed in as the IAM users. It is given as the externally authenticated user which take the role already or else when you certainly go through the Amazon EC2 instances which are attached to the role of instance profile. This particular role is specified with a certain set of permissions where you can simply access AWS resources. It is mostly similar to the user of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). There will be the set of permissions or else instructions to get the sign in with certain accounts.

Mostly, this section is to describe some of the common tasks which are related to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and the performing of basic instructions by using AWS Command Line Interface.

AWS IAM Policy Generator

AWS IAM Policy Generator is considered as the tool which helps or enables to create various policies to control access to Amazon Web Services products and various resources. There are three basic steps where every user has to follow to get authenticated in an enormous way.

Firstly, one has to select certain Policy Type

Then Add the respective statements

And Generate Policy as per the requirement

This is the policy container for certain permissions where you can select anyone from respective policies such as IAM Policy, S3 bucket policy, and SNS topic policy, SQS queue policy, VPC endpoint policy etc. Then adding statements is the respective policy to have a formal description for single access permission. The Final one, Generate Policy is the document that acts as the container for one or else massive statements.

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AWS IAM Best Practices

AWS IAM Best Practices helps to perform certain relative audits and removes all the unused users and credentials. This is to secure the AWS resources for certain AWS identities and Access Management Service (IAM).

To Lock Away the AWS Account Root User Access Keys

Creation of Individual IAM Users

Use AWS Defined Policies for assigning the Permissions if required

Usage of certain groups to assign permissions to IAM users

Grant Least Privilege

Usage of Access Levels to Review IAM Permissions

Configuration of Strong Password Policy for Users

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