KuppingerCole Report
Executive View
By Graham Williamson

AWS Identity and Access Management

AWS is the largest global provider of Cloud infrastructure with extensive capabilities to suit a wide range of customer requirements for cloud-based services. The AWS platform now provides easy-to-use facilities to allow customer to better leverage their identity management environment.
By Graham Williamson

1 Introduction

In keeping with the transformational change that is occurring as increased digitalisation impacts all industry sectors, AWS has extended the identity ...

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2 Product Description

In the past, when AWS referenced IAM they typically referred to providing access control to system functions within the AWS environment i.e. managemen ...

With the recent expansion of the IAM facilities in the AWS platform it’s not only possible to exert more control over system accounts, application u ...

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2.1 IAM Users

AWS IAM provides the ability to create user accounts and establish their login credential requirements. In some cases, this will be just a password, i ...

Note: AWS does not provide provisioning workflows; clients can either synchronise their on-premise AD or deploy an identity manager solution with conn ...

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2.2 Password Policy

AWS provides the facility to set a policy to control password length and strength, expiration, history and whether or not users can change their own p ...

AWS has 5 pre-defined password policy settings. Each setting can have a different profile i.e. a different password strength requirement and is assign ...

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2.3 IAM Roles & Permissions

Roles are a simple but powerful way that AWS provides for entitlement management. An IAM role has a set of defined entitlements (permissions) and mult ...

Roles are also useful in managing access by business partners. By assigning a role to a user’s account the permissions associated with the role are ...

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2.4 IAM Groups

AWS provides a group management facility in addition to role management. Access control by groups is often used to manage user access to specific appl ...

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2.5 Delegated System Administration

Another improvement is the ability to manage directory administrators for on-premises facilities. In the past, AD admins would manage elevated privile ...

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2.6 IAM Policy Management

IAM policies provide the capability to determine whether a user has permission to access a requested resource and determine what they are allowed to d ...

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2.7 Multi-factor Authentication

A single factor system typically relies on a password credential for a user login. Two factor systems add ‘something you have’ such as a mobile de ...

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2.8 Federation

AWS IAM fully supports SAML 2.0 for federation with remote identity providers. It is not necessary to establish all users in the AWS directory service ...

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3 Strengths and Challenges

The AWS identity management functionality is a welcomed extension to the AWS platform. It recognizes the importance of protecting computing facilities ...

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