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Visualizing AWS Config data using Amazon Athena and Amazon QuickSight

In this guest post, Henrik André Olsen, Solutions Architect, discusses how he visualized AWS Config data in Amazon QuickSight dashboards with a high value for the Danish insurance company Topdanmark.  If you are an AWS Config user, you are probably already familiar with how to use the AWS Config console to access data, but it’s […]

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Building secure Amazon SageMaker access URLs with AWS Service Catalog

Many customers need a secure method to access Amazon SageMaker notebooks within their private network without logging in to the AWS console, or using the AWS CLI/SDKs. This may be desired for enhanced security or to provide an easier self-service path for data scientists. In this blog post, we show you a how to connect […]

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How to implement a read-only service control policy (SCP) for accounts in AWS Organizations

Customers who manage multiple AWS accounts in AWS Organizations can use service control policies (SCPs) to centrally manage permissions in their environment. SCPs can be applied to an organization unit (OU), account, or entire organization to restrict the maximum permissions that can be applied in the scoped AWS accounts. In this post, we are going to explore the use of SCPs to restrict an AWS account to read-only access.

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Streamline server fleet management with AWS Systems Manager Fleet Manager

Organizations manage an increasingly diverse IT infrastructure, one that spans cloud and on-premises environments and uses different tools and services. Managing these diverse hybrid environments can be complicated and resource-intensive. Fleet Manager, a new feature in AWS Systems Manager, makes it easy and cost-effective to remotely manage Windows and Linux servers running across AWS, on-premises, […]

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Improve security by analyzing VPC flow logs with Amazon CloudWatch Contributor Insights

You can use rules in Amazon CloudWatch Contributor Insights to gain security visibility into your VPC flow logs. The rules analyze flow logs in targeted groups in Amazon CloudWatch Logs and display the Top-N contributors for a given log field or combination of log fields. In this post, I’ll show you how to set up CloudWatch Contributor Insight rules for VPC flow logs. I’ll demonstrate how to:

Map the VPC flow log format to rules in Contributor Insights.
Explain how a single rule can be used to monitor many VPC flow logs.
Walk through some sample rules and show them in a CloudWatch dashboard.

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Automate customized deployment of cross-account/cross-region CloudWatch Dashboards using tags

Amazon CloudWatch Dashboards are a great way to monitor your AWS resources. During peak events when you are expecting high traffic, monitoring your AWS resources helps you stay ahead of any issues that may arise. You might want a customized and automated dashboard that can be used during a seasonal event, important releases, holidays, and […]

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Configuring AWS Systems Manager Session Manager run as support for federated users using session tags

In this blog post, we share a procedure for configuring AWS Systems Manager Session Manager run as support for Active Directory (AD) federated users using AWS Security Token Service (AWS STS) session tags. We show you how to start a Session Manager session using the AD user name of the federated user on an AD-joined […]

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Limit interactive session commands by groups of users using AWS Systems Manager

Customers are looking for a way to limit the types of commands that can be run on their Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances when using AWS Systems Manager Session Manager interactive sessions. Allowed commands vary by group, meaning you need to allow different sets of commands based on the group of users. For […]

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Automate FedRAMP controls in your AWS environment using AWS Config conformance packs

AWS Config has released a new sample conformance pack template to help customers meet the operational best practices for Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that delivers a standard approach to the security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Conformance packs are a collection […]

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Monitoring Cisco CSR 1000v VPN tunnel and BGP status using Amazon CloudWatch

Many organizations get access to their AWS resources using a Direct Connect connection or a Site-to-Site VPN. AWS Site-to-Site VPN creates a secure connection between your data center or branch office and your AWS cloud resources.  In this post, we will see how to monitor your Cisco CSR VPN tunnel and BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) […]

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