AWS Management & Governance Blog

Category: AWS Systems Manager

Automated configuration of Session Manager without an internet gateway

Automated configuration of Session Manager without an internet gateway

Session Manager is a fully managed AWS Systems Manager capability that you can use to manage your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, on-premises instances, and virtual machines (VMs) through an interactive one-click browser-based shell or through the AWS CLI. Session Manager also provides secure and auditable instance management without the need to open […]

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How BBVA USA delivered security and governance at scale using management tools

As BBVA USA began its digital transformation journey, the security operations team had to improve its processes around provisioning and baselining of AWS accounts. The demand for new AWS accounts continued to increase from multiple application teams within the bank. In an effort to standardize new accounts within the enterprise, BBVA USA built an automated […]

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Trsuted Advisor Checks Image

Multi-account AWS Trusted Advisor summaries now available in AWS Systems Manager Explorer

AWS Systems Manager Explorer is a customizable operations dashboard that reports information about your AWS resources. Explorer displays an aggregated view of operations data (OpsData) for your AWS accounts and across Regions. In Explorer, OpsData includes metadata about your Amazon EC2 instances, patch compliance details, and operational work items (OpsItems). AWS Trusted Advisor is an […]

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Use Systems Manager Automation documents to manage instances and cut costs off-hours

Cut costs by minimizing infrastructure when it’s not under heavy use, for example turning off EC2 and RDS instances nights and weekends. In this post you will learn how to do this using Systems Manager Automation Documents, State Manager, and CloudWatch Events.

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Build your own software asset governance platform on AWS

Software Asset Governance or Software Asset Management is a key component of an organization’s cyber security strategy. Different aspects of Software Asset Governance find notable mentions in renowned security frameworks and standards such as SANS CIS Critical Security Controls, NIST Special Publication 800-53, and Cloud Security Alliance’s Cloud Control Matrix. The subject goes beyond cyber-security […]

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Keep up on the latest from AWS Organizations- Summer 2020

This is our second installment of the latest news from AWS Organizations, which allows you to centrally manage and govern your AWS environment across accounts. We have had some exciting launches over the past few months, including new service integrations and Region expansions. Here’s the latest since April 2020: Create a backup policy that applies […]

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Harness the power of control automation to reduce operational risk and improve compliance

As Financial Service Industry (FSI) customers plan their migration to AWS, a common question is whether there is an easy approach for automating common technology controls to support nearly continuous compliance monitoring. The good news is that AWS provides a number of flexible and powerful capabilities to not only address compliance automation, but to also […]

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Amazon EC2 instance port forwarding with AWS Systems Manager

Port forwarding is a useful way to redirect network traffic from one IP address and port number combination to another. With port forwarding, you can access an EC2 instance located in a private subnet from your workstation. In this post, we walk through a use case where customers have a strict security requirement for their […]

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Systems Manager Quick Setup Organization feature

Manage instances using AWS Systems Manager Quick Setup across AWS Organization

Are you an operations administrator trying to enable common configurations such as agent updates or patch scanning across your company? AWS Systems Manager Quick Setup now supports AWS Organizations. With this feature, Organization master accounts can now easily define configurations for Systems Manager to engage on your behalf across accounts in your Organization. You can […]

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