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Category: Best Practices

AWS CloudTrail Best Practices

AWS CloudTrail gives you a history of AWS calls for your account, including API calls made through the AWS Management Console, AWS SDKs, and command line tools. As a result, you can identify: ·       Which users and accounts called AWS APIs for services that support CloudTrail. ·       The source IP address the calls were made […]

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Best practices for AWS Config conformance packs

AWS Config conformance packs help you manage configuration compliance of your AWS resources at scale. A conformance pack is a collection of AWS Config rules and remediation actions that can be easily deployed as a single entity in an account or across an organization in AWS Organizations. This is particularly useful if you need to quickly establish a […]

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Best practices for creating and managing sandbox accounts in AWS

Organizations use multiple environments, each with different security and compliance controls, as part of their deployment pipeline. Following the principle of least privilege, production environments have the most restrictive security and compliance controls. They tightly limit who can access the environment and which actions each user (or principal) can perform. Development and test environments also […]

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Automate AWS Backups with AWS Service Catalog

If you’re an organization with multiple AWS accounts and independent teams, cloud governance can seem a daunting task. The complexities of balancing developer velocity with centralized governance risks can slow down the innovation you’re trying to speed up. Fortunately, AWS Service Catalog, and AWS Backup help to implement a well-architected approach to self-service while meeting […]

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Create immutable servers using EC2 Image Builder and AWS CodePipeline

When you run an application on multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, you want to avoid differences between the instances because they can cause unpredictable behavior and make it hard to troubleshoot and solve issues. The best way to prevent differences is to replace your instances whenever you want to make a change—to […]

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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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Application configuration deployment to container workloads using AWS AppConfig

AWS AppConfig is a capability of AWS Systems Manager that you can use to create, manage, and quickly deploy application configurations at runtime. With AWS AppConfig, you can validate your configuration data to check for any errors, and define deployment strategies to control the rate at which deployments occur. You can also set monitors to watch […]

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View AWS Trusted Advisor recommendations at scale with AWS Organizations

Since 2014, AWS Trusted Advisor has been providing customers with visibility into an individual AWS account and providing recommendations based on known AWS best practices. Trusted Advisor makes recommendations to help customers achieve a better security posture, control their costs, optimize application performance, design better fault tolerance, and maintain control over their AWS service limits […]

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CloudWatch Alarm with SNS and Lambda trigger

Alarms, incident management, and remediation in the cloud with Amazon CloudWatch

Application workloads being built for the cloud are getting easier to deploy with tools like Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) and Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate), infrastructure as code (IaC), and full-scale DevSecOps pipelines. But there’s more to migrating workloads than ease of development and deployment: application workloads still need […]

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Write preventive compliance rules for AWS CloudFormation templates the cfn-guard way

Continuous delivery pipelines, combined with infrastructure as code tools like AWS CloudFormation, allow our customers to manage applications in a safe and predictable way. CloudFormation helps customers model and provision their AWS and third-party application resources, with features such as rollback to provide automation and safety. Together with tools such as AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline, […]

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