What is AWS Key Management Service? - AWS Key Management Service

What is AWS Key Management Service?

AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control customer master keys (CMKs), the encryption keys used to encrypt your data. AWS KMS CMKs are protected by hardware security modules (HSMs) that are validated by the FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Module Validation Program except in the China (Beijing) and China (Ningxia) Regions.

AWS KMS is integrated with most other AWS services that encrypt your data. AWS KMS is also integrated with AWS CloudTrail to log use of your CMKs for auditing, regulatory, and compliance needs.

You can create and manage your AWS KMS customer master keys (CMKs):

You can use your CMKs in cryptographic operations. For examples, see Programming the AWS KMS API.

  • Encrypt, decrypt, and re-encrypt data with symmetric or asymmetric CMKs

  • Sign and verify messages with asymmetric CMKs

  • Generate exportable symmetric data keys and asymmetric data key pairs

  • Generate random numbers suitable for cryptographic applications

You can use the advanced features of AWS KMS.

By using AWS KMS, you gain more control over access to data you encrypt. You can use the key management and cryptographic features directly in your applications or through AWS services that are integrated with AWS KMS. Whether you are writing applications for AWS or using AWS services, AWS KMS enables you to maintain control over who can use your customer master keys and gain access to your encrypted data.

AWS KMS is integrated with AWS CloudTrail, a service that delivers log files to an Amazon S3 bucket that you designate. By using CloudTrail you can monitor and investigate how and when your CMKs have been used and by whom.

AWS KMS in AWS Regions

The AWS Regions in which AWS KMS is supported are listed in AWS Key Management Service Endpoints and Quotas. If an AWS KMS feature is not supported in an AWS Region that AWS KMS supports, the regional difference is described in the topic about the feature.

AWS KMS pricing

As with other AWS products, there are no contracts or minimum purchase requirements for using AWS KMS. For more information about AWS KMS pricing, see AWS Key Management Service Pricing.

Service level agreement

AWS Key Management Service is backed by a service level agreement that defines our service availability policy.

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