October 24, 2023

Unlocking Better Security with TeraSky’s AWS IAM

Unlocking Better Security with TeraSky’s AWS IAM Password Policy Manager


Welcome to another technical dive into one of TeraSky’s latest tools — the AWS IAM Password Policy Manager. As more and more businesses migrate to the cloud, ensuring security becomes paramount. One of the foundational steps in enhancing AWS security is establishing robust IAM password policies. While AWS offers native ways to do this, managing these policies across multiple accounts can be cumbersome.

That’s where our tool shines.


Introducing: AWS IAM Password Policy Manager


The AWS IAM Password Policy Manager is a tool designed to make configuring and updating the IAM password policy a breeze. Whether you have a single AWS account or manage multiple accounts across an organization, this tool ensures consistency and security.


Key Features:

  1. Single or Multi-account Deployment: You can deploy the tool using a CloudFormation stack on a single AWS account. If you have a broader architecture, utilize CloudFormation StackSet to deploy it across all accounts in an AWS organization.
  2. Lambda-powered: The core of our tool is a Lambda function, ensuring scalability and efficient execution.
  3. Triggered by CloudFormation Custom Resource: The deployment and operation are seamless, thanks to the integration with CloudFormation custom resources.
  4. Auto-Revert on Policy Change: By setting the CloudFormation parameter “EnableRevertOnPolicyChange” to “true”, the tool deploys additional resources that ensure that any changes or deletions to the password policy are automatically reverted back to the values configured in the CloudFormation template. This feature guarantees consistent policy enforcement, even if someone unintentionally or maliciously alters the policy.


Managing Workforce Users’ Access


Note: For managing workforce users’ access to AWS accounts and cloud applications, we recommend using the AWS IAM Identity Center (formerly known as AWS SSO) instead of “regular” IAM users. AWS IAM Identity Center offers a more centralized and streamlined approach, enhancing security and simplifying management.


Why Choose Our IAM Password Policy Manager?


  • Simplicity: With a straightforward deployment process, you can set up and start using the tool in no time.
  • Consistency: Ensure all accounts, regardless of number, follow the same stringent password policies.
  • Scalability: Whether you’re a startup or a large enterprise, our tool scales according to your needs.
  • Cost-effective: Running on AWS Lambda ensures you’re only billed for the compute time you consume.


Get Started with the AWS IAM Password Policy Manager

For those eager to integrate this tool into their AWS environment, we’ve made the process straightforward. Head over to our GitHub repository, which provides in-depth technical details and step-by-step deployment instructions.


At TeraSky, we are committed to creating tools that make cloud management more efficient and secure. The AWS IAM Password Policy Manager is a testament to our dedication. We always welcome feedback and suggestions. Dive into the tool, explore its features, and let us know your thoughts!


Written by: Daniel Vaknin, Senior Consultant, Cloud & DevOps

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