AWS GovCloud (US-West) User Guide
AWS GovCloud (US-West) User Guide

Amazon SNS

Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) is a web service that enables applications, end-users, and devices to instantly send and receive notifications from the cloud.

The following list details the differences for using this service in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region compared to other AWS Regions:

  • You cannot use Amazon SNS to send SMS messages while using the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region.

For more information about Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) , see the Amazon SNS documentation.

ITAR Boundary

AWS GovCloud (US) has an ITAR boundary, which defines where customers are allowed to store ITAR-controlled data for this service in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. To maintain ITAR compliance, you must place ITAR-controlled data on the applicable part of the ITAR boundary. If you do not have any ITAR-controlled data in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region, this section does not apply to you. The following information identifies the ITAR boundary for this service:

ITAR-Regulated Data Permitted ITAR-Regulated Data Not Permitted
  • You may enter ITAR-regulated data in the following field when meeting the notification endpoints conditions below:

    • Notification Message

  • ITAR-regulated data may be entered, stored, and processed in the Amazon SNS notification when the following notification endpoints are being used:

    Notification Endpoints

    • Amazon SQS queues in AWS GovCloud (US-West) – may receive notifications containing ITAR-regulated data

    • HTTPS URL endpoint in AWS GovCloud (US-West) – may receive notifications containing ITAR-regulated data if the service is allowed to accept ITAR regulated data (see the service for details)

    • HTTPS URL endpoint outside of AWS GovCloud (US-West) – may receive notifications containing ITAR-regulated data if the customer has set up the endpoint URL in compliance with ITAR regulations

  • ITAR-regulated data may not be entered, stored, or processed in Amazon SNS notification messages when the following notification endpoints are being used:

    Notification Endpoints

    • Mobile push notifications – not permitted to contain ITAR-regulated data

    • Email – not permitted to contain ITAR regulated data

    • Amazon SQS queues outside of AWS GovCloud (US-West) – not permitted to contain ITAR-regulated data

    • HTTP URL endpoint – not permitted to contain ITAR-regulated data

  • Amazon SNS metadata is not permitted to contain ITAR-regulated data. This metadata includes all configuration data that you enter when setting up and maintaining your topics.

    For example, do not enter ITAR-regulated data in the following fields:

    • Topic Name

    • Display Name

    • Topic Policy

    • Topic Delivery Policy

    • Topic ARN

    • Endpoint

    • Subject

    • Application Name

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