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Category: Configuration, compliance, and auditing

Create AWS Config rules efficiently with Generative AI

AWS Config enables businesses to assess, audit, and evaluate the configurations of their AWS resources by leveraging AWS Config rules that represent your ideal configuration settings.  For example a Security Group that allows ingress on port 22 should be marked as noncompliant. AWS Config provides predefined rules called managed rules to help you quickly get […]

How to securely provide access to centralized AWS CloudTrail Lake logs across accounts in your organization

In 2022, we launched AWS CloudTrail Lake, an immutable managed data lake designed to simplify audit, security, and compliance investigations by capturing, storing, and analyze AWS user and API activities. By providing immutable storage for your activity logs, CloudTrail Lake protects the integrity of your audit data by providing read-only access. CloudTrail Lake integrates seamlessly […]

How BMW Group uses automation to achieve end-to-end compliance at scale on AWS

This post is co-written with Dr. Jens Kohl, Daniel Engelhardt, and Sascha Kallin from BMW Group. The BMW Group – headquartered in Munich, Germany – is a vehicle manufacturer with 149,000 employees worldwide and manufactures in over 30 production and assembly facilities across 15 countries. Today, the BMW Group (BMW) is the world’s leading manufacturer […]

Leveraging custom AWS Config rules to optimize cost saving on AWS

AWS Config assesses, audits, and evaluates the configurations and relationships of your resources in your AWS account. Why might we want to use this service for cost optimization? Well consider a scenario where we can be alerted if a specific Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) instance is deployed in the account. If a larger […]

How to use AWS Config proactive rules and AWS CloudFormation Hooks to prevent creation of noncompliant cloud resources

Balancing developer freedom and governance controls is a key challenge faced by organizations that are adopting cloud. On one hand, developers need the freedom to innovate and develop new applications and services quickly and on the other, organizations need to maintain control over the resources used and the data processed in order to ensure compliance […]

AWS Audit Manager launches AWS Best Practices Framework for Generative AI

The rapid growth of generative AI brings promising new innovation, and at the same time raises new challenges. At AWS, we are committed to developing AI responsibly while enabling customers to provide assurance regarding the security of their environment to regulators and auditors. AWS Audit Manager announces the first version of AWS best practices framework for generative AI […]

How to record resource configuration changes periodically with AWS Config

AWS Config is a service that tracks configuration changes of AWS resources in your AWS account or across your AWS Organizations. AWS Config uses the configuration recorder to detect changes of your resources and track them as configuration items (CIs). Given the increasing complexity of cloud infrastructure, the number of resource configuration changes being made […]

Audit and visualize ephemeral EC2 instances using AWS CloudTrail Lake as a zero-ETL data source in Amazon Athena

Today, we are happy to announce that AWS CloudTrail Lake data is now available for zero-ETL analysis in Amazon Athena. AWS CloudTrail Lake is a managed data lake for capturing, storing, accessing, and analyzing user and API activity on AWS for audit, security, and compliance purposes. CloudTrail Lake allows you to easily aggregate activity logs […]

Improving Mergers & Acquisitions Due Diligence with AWS Audit Manager

The purpose of this narrative is to provide guidance for Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Due Diligence stakeholders on how to leverage AWS Audit Manager to support compliance and risk assessments during technical due diligence. The target audience of this guidance includes practitioners that support diligence, integration, corporate development (CorpDev), technology/IT, auditing, and advisory activities during […]

Announcing AWS CloudTrail Lake one-year extendable retention pricing option

In 2022 Amazon Web Services (AWS) released AWS CloudTrail Lake, a managed audit and security lake that allows you to aggregate, immutably store, visualize, and query your activity logs for auditing, security investigation, and operational troubleshooting.  Working backwards from our customers we have added capabilities to CloudTrail Lake such as the ability to copy CloudTrail events into […]