Getting started with Amazon Detective

Step 1

Log in and enable Amazon Detective

Go to the AWS Management Console and select Amazon Detective. Open the Detective console, choose 'Get Started' to begin your 30-day free trial.

Step 2

Detective automatically distills and organizes data

Amazon Detective organizes data into a graph model. The graph model is continuously updated as new data becomes available.

Step 3

Start investigating potential security issues

During the free trial period, Amazon Detective is offered at no cost. You can experience Amazon Detective and begin investigating for potential security issues. Start your free trial of Amazon Detective

Technical resources

Amazon Detective multi-account scripts

These scripts help you automate processes such as enabling Detective for a primary account across Regions.

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Basics of Amazon Detective

In this course, you will gain a foundational understanding of Amazon Detective. (20 min)

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Amazon Detective administrative guide

Walks through how to set up and manage Amazon Detective.

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Amazon Detective user guide

Provides detailed steps on how to get started with investigating potential security issues.

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Amazon Detective API reference

Describes all of the API operations for Amazon Detective.

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Getting hands-on with Amazon Detective

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of Amazon Detective as you walk through different use cases.

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Webinars & Videos

Amazon Detective Overview and Demonstration (17:56)
Deploying Amazon Detective with AWS Organizations Demo (7:03)
Amazon Detective Security Investigation Scenario (7:45)
AWS launchpad at AWS re:Invent 2019 (18:08)
Amazon Detective launch session at AWS re:Invent 2019 (49:29)
Introducing Amazon Detective - AWS Online Tech Talks (51:37)
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Learn more about Amazon Detective capabilities and implementation by reading the documentation.

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