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Duo MFA for AWS: Secure Your Cloud Journey

Cisco’s Duo Security, the leading zero-trust security platform for access control, and AWS, the leader in cloud infrastructure and services, have come together to provide comprehensive access control solutions to make organization’s cloud deployments in AWS more secure.

Introducing Duo MFA for AWS Directory Services

Duo is the first provider to offer an automated way to add native like two-factor authentication and flexible security policies to Amazon Web Services (AWS), complete with inline self-service enrollment and Duo Prompt.

Duo, an AWS advanced technology partner, is committed to providing a secure multi-factor authentication solution (MFA) for all AWS services, apps and infrastructure. Duo is working with AWS on deep technical integrations to make it easier for customers to deploy and consume Duo services on AWS.

The first step towards this commitment is to provide Quick Start guide for MFA for AWS directory services (managed AD and AD connector) for securing applications authenticated through directory services. MFA is one of the strongest security controls available and also forms the foundation for zero-trust security architecture.

Duo Quick Start Benefits:

  • Out-of-the-box MFA for AWS console, Workspaces, Workmail, Workdocs, Chime and many more services authenticated through directory services. Customers don't have to individually configure MFA for each service
  • Deploy Duo MFA with single click under 10 minutes
  • Deployment adheres to best practices, compliance as the gold standard
  • Reduce deployment complexities and increase operational efficiencies
  • Deployment is tested and supported by AWS and Duo

Cloud-adoption has become a central tenant for IT modernization strategy for enterprises and SMBs alike. It has been years since this strategy took its baby steps, and now it has grown and matured to the extent that most enterprises have at least one application or service running in the cloud. Organizations are adopting cloud and they are also warming up to the idea of storing sensitive data into the public cloud.

While cloud computing provides a number of benefits such as lower costs, faster deployment, scaling as needed, a more robust system, and CapEx-free computing — security is still the biggest worry for most CIOs when they shift their applications and data to the cloud.

Cloud providers normally have dedicated cybersecurity measures in place and go to great lengths to protect their platforms and customers, however, they are not a managed-security provider for customers. It is the customer’s responsibility to protect their data as highlighted in the shared security model for AWS customers.

Zero-trust Security Is Essential in the Perimeterless World of the Cloud

Though the traditional network perimeter-based security model is a key part of overall security architecture, it is not sufficient alone in the cloud era as there are no network boundaries that can safely achieve automatic trust. Adopting a zero-trust posture of “trust no one” prevents all users and devices from access until the access request is verified for trustworthiness is most suitable for cloud.

In Closing

Duo is committed to securing cloud deployments for its customers. The Quick Start guide is the beginning of many more integrations and deployment solutions for AWS. To learn more about 

Duo’s partnership with AWS, visit duo.sc/aws.

Let us know what you think about this Quick Start and also send us your suggestions regarding integrations you desire. You can reach us at techpartners@duo.com.