AWS: Setting up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for added security

Updated on
January 12, 2023

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Identity and Access Management (IAM) enables you to manage access to AWS services and resources securely. This technical reference guide will provide you with a step-by-step process to create and manage IAM users and groups

1. Creating IAM users:

  • To create an IAM user, sign in to the AWS Management Console and navigate to the IAM dashboard.
  • In the navigation pane, choose Users and then choose Add user.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to create a new IAM user.

2. Assigning permissions to IAM users:

  • To assign permissions to an IAM user, sign in to the AWS Management Console and navigate to the IAM dashboard.
  • In the navigation pane, choose Users, and then choose the name of the user you want to assign permissions to.
  • Choose the Permissions tab, and then choose Add permissions.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to assign permissions to the IAM user.

3. Creating IAM groups:

  • To create an IAM group, sign in to the AWS Management Console and navigate to the IAM dashboard.
  • In the navigation pane, choose Groups, and then choose Create new group.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to create a new IAM group.

4. Assigning permissions to IAM groups:

  • To assign permissions to an IAM group, sign in to the AWS Management Console and navigate to the IAM dashboard.
  • In the navigation pane, choose Groups, and then choose the name of the group you want to assign permissions to.
  • Choose the Permissions tab, and then choose Add permissions.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to assign permissions to the IAM group.

5. Adding users to IAM groups:

  • To add users to an IAM group, sign in to the AWS Management Console and navigate to the IAM dashboard.
  • In the navigation pane, choose Groups, and then choose the name of the group you want to add users to.
  • Choose the Users tab, and then choose Add users to group.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to add users to the IAM group.

By following these steps, you can effectively create and manage IAM users and groups in AWS to secure access to your resources and services.