AWS Management & Governance Blog

Category: Configuration, compliance, and auditing

Policy-as-Code for Securing AWS and Third-Party Resource Types

This post was written by Scott Alexander and Kevin Formsma from Mphasis Stelligent. Every day, more developers are having lightbulb moments as they realize they can design and manage their infrastructure. It’s our responsibility, as practitioners of the DevOps mindset, to build systems that allow developers to move quickly and speed up the feedback loop […]

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How to Deploy AWS Config Conformance Packs Using Terraform

How to Deploy AWS Config Conformance Packs Using Terraform

This post demonstrates how to enable AWS Config and deploy a sample AWS Config Conformance pack using HashiCorp’s Terraform. AWS Config provides configuration, compliance, and auditing features required for governing your resources and providing security posture assessment at scale. This service lets you create managed rules, which are predefined, customizable rules that AWS Config uses […]

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Build an AWS Config Custom Rule to Optimize Amazon EBS Volume Types

This blog provides step-by-step instructions for building an AWS Config custom rule and a custom Config Remediation so that you can optimize your EBS Volume types with Amazon EBS gp3 volumes. AWS Config is a service that lets you assess, audit, and evaluate your AWS resource configurations. AWS Config provides AWS Managed Rules, which are […]

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Using CloudTrail data events with Athena and CloudWatch to create an audit trail for DynamoDB tables events

Highly regulated industries must maintain an audit trail of events at various levels to meet regulatory and industry compliance requirements. Data events provide visibility into the resource operations performed on or in a resource, including object-level API activities such as delete, update, and put items. You can use AWS CloudTrail to create an audit trail […]

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Govern your applications centrally using AppRegistry and Application Manager

The customers I work with often handle multiple applications in their cloud environments. In general, an application includes multiple AWS resources deployed via AWS CloudFormation stacks, APIs, or other infrastructure as code tools. My customers often ask me about efficient mechanisms for managing the resources and governing the security policies of their resources in an Application […]

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Building a cloud CMDB on AWS for consistent resource configuration in hybrid environments

In this post, we will show you how you can design and implement a configuration management database (CMDB) strategy as part of your cloud operating model. We are going to review some common needs when building a CMDB and the relevant AWS services that will help you build a comprehensive solution. We will talk about […]

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Using AWS CloudTrail to propagate tags across related AWS resources - Part 2

Using AWS CloudTrail to propagate tags across related AWS resources – Part 2

AWS allows customers to assign metadata to their AWS resources in the form of tags. Each tag consists of a customer-defined key and an optional value. Tags can make it easier to manage, search for, and filter resources by purpose, owner, environment, or other criteria. AWS tags can be used for many purposes like organizing […]

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Using OPA to create AWS Config rules

Using OPA to create AWS Config rules

In this blog post, we will show how you can use AWS Config custom rules with Open Policy Agent (OPA) to evaluate the compliance of your AWS resources. AWS Config enables you to assess, audit, and evaluate the configuration of your AWS resources. The service continuously monitors and records your AWS resource configurations and allows […]

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Implement AWS Config rule remediation with Systems Manager Change Manager

Implement AWS Config rule remediation with Systems Manager Change Manager

AWS Config enables you to assess, audit, and evaluate the configurations of your AWS resources. AWS Config rules are evaluated when changes are made in the AWS environment. By analyzing changes as they occur, you can catch compliance violations quickly and minimize the exposure to your organization. When you apply a remediation action to an […]

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Centrally track Microsoft SQL Server licenses in AWS Organizations using AWS License Manager and AWS Systems Manager

Centrally track Microsoft SQL Server licenses in AWS Organizations using AWS License Manager and AWS Systems Manager

Most enterprises find it hard to maintain control of the commercial licensing of Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM products due to limited visibility. They wind up over-provisioning licenses to avoid the headache with third-party license providers or under-provisioning licenses, only to be faced with steep penalties. To assist enterprises with the challenge of tracking licenses, […]

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