Internetwork traffic privacy - Amazon DynamoDB

Internetwork traffic privacy

Connections are protected both between Amazon DynamoDB and on-premises applications and between DynamoDB and other AWS resources within the same AWS Region.

Required policy for endpoints

Amazon DynamoDB provides a DescribeEndpoints API that enables you to enumerate regional endpoint information. For requests from a VPC endpoint, both the IAM and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) endpoint policies must authorize the DescribeEndpoints API call for the requesting Identity and Access Management (IAM) principal(s) using the IAM dynamodb:DescribeEndpoints action. Otherwise, access to the DescribeEndpoints API will be denied. The IAM and VPC endpoint policy authorization steps for DescribeEndpoints API calls aren't applicable when you access public endpoints of DynamoDB.

The following is an example of an endpoints policy.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Principal": "(Include IAM Principals)", "Action": "dynamodb:DescribeEndpoints", "Resource": "*" } ] }

Traffic between service and on-premises clients and applications

You have two connectivity options between your private network and AWS:

Access to DynamoDB via the network is through AWS published APIs. Clients must support Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2. We recommend TLS 1.3. Clients must also support cipher suites with Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS), such as Ephemeral Diffie-Hellman (DHE) or Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman Ephemeral (ECDHE). Most modern systems such as Java 7 and later support these modes. Additionally, you must sign requests using an access key ID and a secret access key that are associated with an IAM principal, or you can use the AWS Security Token Service (STS) to generate temporary security credentials to sign requests.

Traffic between AWS resources in the same Region

An Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) endpoint for DynamoDB is a logical entity within a VPC that allows connectivity only to DynamoDB. The Amazon VPC routes requests to DynamoDB and routes responses back to the VPC. For more information, see VPC endpoints in the Amazon VPC User Guide. For example policies that you can use to control access from VPC endpoints, see Using IAM policies to control access to DynamoDB.


Amazon VPC endpoints are not accessible via AWS Site-to-Site VPN or AWS Direct Connect.