AWS Week in Review – Amazon EC2 Instance Connect Endpoint, Detective, Amazon S3 Dual Layer Encryption, Amazon Verified Permission – June 19, 2023

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This week, I’ll meet you at AWS partner’s Jamf Nation Live in Amsterdam where we’re showing how to use Amazon EC2 Mac to deploy your remote developer workstations or configure your iOS CI/CD pipelines in the cloud.Mac in an instant

Last Week’s Launches
While I was traveling last week, I kept an eye on the AWS News. Here are some launches that got my attention.

Amazon EC2 Instance Connect Endpoint. Endpoint for EC2 Instance Connect allows you to securely access Amazon EC2 instances using their private IP addresses, making the use of bastion hosts obsolete. Endpoint for EC2 Instance Connect is by far my favorite launch from last week. With EC2 Instance Connect, you use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies and principals to control SSH access to your instances. This removes the need to share and manage SSH keys. We also updated the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) to allow you to easily connect or open a secured tunnel to an instance using only its instance ID. I read and contributed to a couple of threads on social media where you pointed out that AWS Systems Manager Session Manager already offered similar capabilities. You’re right. But the extra advantage of EC2 Instance Connect Endpoint is that it allows you to use your existing SSH-based tools and libraries, such as the scp command.

Amazon Inspector now supports code scanning of AWS Lambda functions. This expands the existing capability to scan Lambda functions and associated layers for software vulnerabilities in application package dependencies. Amazon Detective also extends finding groups to Amazon Inspector. Detective automatically collects findings from Amazon Inspector, GuardDuty, and other AWS security services, such as AWS Security Hub, to help increase situational awareness of related security events.

Amazon Verified Permissions is generally available. If you’re designing or developing business applications that need to enforce user-based permissions, you have a new option to centrally manage application permissions. Verified Permissions is a fine-grained permissions management and authorization service for your applications that can be used at any scale. Verified Permissions centralizes permissions in a policy store and helps developers use those permissions to authorize user actions within their applications. Similarly to the way an identity provider simplifies authentication, a policy store lets you manage authorization in a consistent and scalable way. Read Danilo’s post to discover the details.

Amazon S3 Dual-Layer Server-Side Encryption with keys stored in AWS Key Management Service (DSSE-KMS). Some heavily regulated industries require double encryption to store some type of data at rest. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) offers DSSE-KMS, a new free encryption option that provides two layers of data encryption, using different keys and different implementation of the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard with Galois Counter Mode (AES-GCM) algorithm. My colleague Irshad’s post has all the details.

AWS CloudTrail Lake Dashboards provide out-of-the-box visibility and top insights from your audit and security data directly within the CloudTrail Lake console. CloudTrail Lake features a number of AWS curated dashboards so you can get started right away – with no required detailed dashboard setup or SQL experience.

AWS IAM Identity Center now supports automated user provisioning from Google Workspace. You can now connect your Google Workspace to AWS IAM Identity Center (successor to AWS Single Sign-On) once and manage access to AWS accounts and applications centrally in IAM Identity Center.

AWS CloudShell is now available in 12 additional regions. AWS CloudShell is a browser-based shell that makes it easier to securely manage, explore, and interact with your AWS resources. The list of the 12 new Regions is detailed in the launch announcement.

For a full list of AWS announcements, be sure to keep an eye on the What’s New at AWS page.

Other AWS News
Here are some other updates and news that you might have missed:

  • AWS Extension for Stable Diffusion WebUI. WebUI is a popular open-source web interface that allows you to easily interact with Stable Diffusion generative AI. We built this extension to help you to migrate existing workloads (such as inference, train, and ckpt merge) from your local or standalone servers to the AWS Cloud.
  • GoDaddy developed a multi-Region, event-driven system. Their system handles 400 millions events per day. They plan to scale it to process 2 billion messages per day in a near future. My colleague Marcia explains the detail of their architecture in her post.
  • The Official AWS Podcast – Listen each week for updates on the latest AWS news and deep dives into exciting use cases. There are also official AWS podcasts in several languages. Check out the podcasts in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
  • AWS Open Source News and Updates – This is a newsletter curated by my colleague Ricardo to bring you the latest open source projects, posts, events, and more.

Upcoming AWS Events
Check your calendars and sign up for these AWS events:

  • AWS Silicon Innovation Day (June 21) – A one-day virtual event that will allow you to better understand AWS Silicon and how you can use the Amazon EC2 chip offerings to your benefit. My colleague Irshad shared the details in this post. Register today.
  • AWS Global Summits – There are many AWS Summits going on right now around the world: Milano (June 22), Hong Kong (July 20), New York (July 26), Taiwan (Aug 2 & 3), and Sao Paulo (Aug 3).
  • AWS Community Day – Join a community-led conference run by AWS user group leaders in your region: Manila (June 29–30), Chile (July 1), and Munich (September 14).
  • AWS User Group Perú Conf 2023 (September 2023). Some of the AWS News blog writer team will be present: Marcia, Jeff, myself, and our colleague Startup Developer Advocate Mark. Save the date and register today.
  • CDK Day – CDK Day is happening again this year on September 29. The call for papers for this event is open, and this year we’re also accepting talks in Spanish. Submit your talk here.

That’s all for this week. Check back next Monday for another Week in Review!

This post is part of our Week in Review series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS! — seb

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