Amazon Web Services launches two factor authentication

September 7, 2009 – 2:15 PM

Protecting the management account for cloud services can be one of the most critical security points of a cloud-based solution. Arguably, the account is more important than instance and operating system security for cloud workloads. Amazon web services (AWS) has recently introduced a new feature, Amazon web services multi-factor authentication (AWS-MFA), to allow more secure account access.

With AWS-MFA enabled on an AWS account, access to the services are now required to use two-factor authentication. The first factor is the standard email address and password for the AWS account, and the second factor is a six digit code displayed on a token device. The token device currently available for AWS integration is a Gemalto device. The six digit code is time expired and is placed with the standard AWS credentials for access to account functions.


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