Getting started with IAM

When starting out with AWS, the first security task is to secure the root user. We have outlined the procedure in Chapter 2, The Fundamentals of Amazon Web Services, in the section about the AWS Management Console. Before continuing, we will make sure our root account is secured by logging in to the AWS Management Console and navigating to https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam/home.

We should see a Security Status for our account and we should make sure all of the described statuses have a green check mark. When we first create the account, the security status will look like this:

For all the missing check marks, please ...

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