Data protection in AWS CodePipeline - AWS CodePipeline

Data protection in AWS CodePipeline

The AWS shared responsibility model applies to data protection in AWS CodePipeline. As described in this model, AWS is responsible for protecting the global infrastructure that runs all of the AWS Cloud. You are responsible for maintaining control over your content that is hosted on this infrastructure. This content includes the security configuration and management tasks for the AWS services that you use. For more information about data privacy, see the Data Privacy FAQ. For information about data protection in Europe, see the AWS Shared Responsibility Model and GDPR blog post on the AWS Security Blog.

For data protection purposes, we recommend that you protect AWS account credentials and set up individual user accounts with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). That way each user is given only the permissions necessary to fulfill their job duties. We also recommend that you secure your data in the following ways:

  • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) with each account.

  • Use SSL/TLS to communicate with AWS resources. We recommend TLS 1.2 or later.

  • Set up API and user activity logging with AWS CloudTrail.

  • Use AWS encryption solutions, along with all default security controls within AWS services.

  • Use advanced managed security services such as Amazon Macie, which assists in discovering and securing personal data that is stored in Amazon S3.

  • If you require FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic modules when accessing AWS through a command line interface or an API, use a FIPS endpoint. For more information about the available FIPS endpoints, see Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2.

We strongly recommend that you never put confidential or sensitive information, such as your customers' email addresses, into tags or free-form fields such as a Name field. This includes when you work with CodePipeline or other AWS services using the console, API, AWS CLI, or AWS SDKs. Any data that you enter into tags or free-form fields used for names may be used for billing or diagnostic logs. If you provide a URL to an external server, we strongly recommend that you do not include credentials information in the URL to validate your request to that server.

The following security best practices also address data protection in CodePipeline:

Internetwork traffic privacy

Amazon VPC is an AWS service that you can use to launch AWS resources in a virtual network (virtual private cloud) that you define. CodePipeline supports Amazon VPC endpoints powered by AWS PrivateLink, an AWS technology that facilitates private communication between AWS services using an elastic network interface with private IP addresses. This means you can connect directly to CodePipeline through a private endpoint in your VPC, keeping all traffic inside your VPC and the AWS network. Previously, applications running inside a VPC required internet access to connect to CodePipeline. With a VPC, you have control over your network settings, such as:

  • IP address range,

  • Subnets,

  • Route tables, and

  • Network gateways.

To connect your VPC to CodePipeline, you define an interface VPC endpoint for CodePipeline. This type of endpoint makes it possible for you to connect your VPC to AWS services. The endpoint provides reliable, scalable connectivity to CodePipeline without requiring an internet gateway, network address translation (NAT) instance, or VPN connection. For information about setting up a VPC, see the VPC User Guide.

Encryption at rest

Data in CodePipeline is encrypted at rest using AWS KMS keys. Code artifacts are stored in a customer-owned S3 bucket and encrypted with either the AWS managed key or a customer managed key. For more information, see Configure server-side encryption for artifacts stored in Amazon S3 for CodePipeline.

Encryption in transit

All service-to-service communication is encrypted in transit using SSL/TLS.

Encryption key management

If you choose the default option for encrypting code artifacts, CodePipeline uses the AWS managed key. You cannot change or delete this AWS managed key. If you use a customer managed key in AWS KMS to encrypt or decrypt artifacts in the S3 bucket, you can change or rotate this customer managed key as necessary.


CodePipeline only supports symmetric KMS keys. Do not use an asymmetric KMS key to encrypt the data in your S3 bucket.