AWS Multiple Account Security Strategy

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is designed to enable customers to achieve huge gains in productivity, innovation, and cost reduction when they move to the AWS cloud. AWS offers a variety of services and features that allow for flexible control of cloud computing resources and also of the AWS account(s) managing those resources. On the account level, these options are designed to help provide proper cost allocation, agility, and security, however customers are sometimes unsure of how to best implement an account strategy—especially when working with multiple AWS accounts.

This webpage provides customers with account-level considerations, best practices, and high-level strategic guidance to help structure and manage multiple AWS accounts for security purposes. It also introduces a prescriptive, automated AWS solution that uses AWS Directory Service to authenticate with existing credentials, helping customers implement an identity-based security structure for their AWS accounts.

For information about organizing multiple accounts for billing purposes, see the AWS Multiple Account Billing Strategy Solution Brief.