The Evolution of Identity and Access Management on AWS – AWS Online Tech Talks – #AWS

The typical cloud adoption journey involves an evolving approach to identity and access management. Most customers begin building using AWS account root user credentials. However, because you can’t restrict permissions for root user credentials, we recommend that you quickly pivot to using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users and groups for everyday interaction with AWS. Then, we recommend customers adopt IAM Roles and ultimately implement identity federation. Identity federation can address many security and management scenarios as you expand your use of AWS. In this webinar, we will touch on the early stages of identity management, and then we will primarily focus on identity federation using these three examples: 1). Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) Identity Federation; 2). Federation via AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory; 3). AWS Single Sign-On & AWS Organizations.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the identity and access management evolution
– Learn best practices for managing AWS root user credentials and Users, Groups, and Roles, especially as the number of users and AWS accounts grow
– Better understand identity federation by viewing two demos

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