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AWS Identity and Access Management - Introduction

AWS Identity and Access Management is a web service that allows Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to manage users and their permissions. With AWS IAM, you can manage users and their permissions to AWS resources, and security credentials such as access keys.

Identity and Access Management or IAM is best for organizations with multiple users and systems. With IAM, these organizations can create multiple users with individual security credentials to be able to access and use AWS products. These users are all controlled and billed to a single AWS account. Each user in IAM can have different permissions depending on what they are allowed to do and access.

IAM is a feature of AWS. So you don’t have to sign up or do anything for IAM if you have already signed up for an AWS product. And there’s no extra charge for using it. If you still don’t have an AWS account, you need to have one so that you can use IAM.

Features of Identity and Access Management (IAM)

  • Central control of users and security credentials
    In IAM, each user has AWS security credentials such as access keys. The creation, rotation, and revocation of these security credentials can be controlled using IAM.
  • Central control of user access
    With IAM, you can control and set the data that an AWS user can access and how they access it.
  • Shared AWS resources
    You can share data for projects.
  • Permissions based on organizational groups
    You can restrict and update user’s permissions depending on their job duties.
  • Central control of AWS resources
    Maintains central control of AWS data
  • Control over resource creation
    With IAM, users can create AWS data on specified places only.
  • Networking controls
    Using SSL, users can access AWS resources within the organization’s network.
  • Single AWS bill
    With IAM, your organization will only have a single AWS bill for all user’s activity.