Using S3 Bucket Policies and Conditions to Restrict Specific Permissions

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Lab Steps

Logging in to the Amazon Web Services Console
Create an S3 bucket
Create a Bucket Policy in S3 with IP Address Conditions
Create a Bucket Policy in S3 with Encryption Conditions

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Create and Apply S3 Bucket Policies with Conditions to Restrict Specific Bucket Permissions

Being able to restrict and grant access to specific S3 resources is fundamental when implementing your security procedures. There are various methods that can be used to achieve this, one of which is to implement bucket policies. Bucket policies are applied directly to a bucket within S3 itself and apply to that bucket only.  

To make your bucket policy even more effective, you can apply specific conditions as to when the effects of that Policy should apply. There are a many conditions you can base your bucket policy upon, and the AWS documentation provides greater insight into these here.

This Lab will guide you through the bucket policy creation process with the use of the AWS Policy Generator

You will create and test two different bucket policies:

1. Configure a bucket policy that will restrict what a user can do within an S3 bucket based upon their IP address

2. Configure a bucket policy to only allow the upload of objects to a bucket when server side encryption has been configured for the object


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About the Author

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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data centre and network infrastructure design, to more recently cloud architecture and implementation.

He is a Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP), with his latest achievements gained within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) field.

He currently holds the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification as well as accreditations as an AWS Business and Technology Professional and in TCO and Cloud Economics.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded 'Expert of the Year Award 2015' from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.