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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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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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Keeping Ansible effortless with AWS Systems Manager

Ansible is a powerful tool because it lets you handle many complicated tasks with minimal effort. Some time ago, I published running Ansible playbooks using Systems Manager blog when the first version of the AWS Systems Manager (SSM) document was released, which enabled support for Ansible. In that blog, I discussed the tight integration of […]

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AWS Systems Manager patch compliance data to AWS Security Hub

Multi-Account patch compliance with Patch Manager and Security Hub

Update 10/2020 – Viewing patch compliance findings across AWS accounts in AWS Security Hub is supported natively. For more information please see What’s new announcement here. Introduction In this blog post, I discuss how to import critical patch compliance findings into Security Hub. Security Hub is a service that provides customers with a comprehensive view […]

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Setting up custom AWS Config rule that checks the OS CIS compliance

AWS announced that AWS Systems Manager’s Run Command now offers Chef InSpec audits through the AWS-RunInspecChecks document. This is a significant win for Systems Manager enthusiasts and other users who prefer an OS-based compliance check solution rather than using a whole new cloud service. This blog post is not about how to keep an OS […]

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Applying managed instance policy best practices

Since AWS Systems Manager was launched, the service has continued to add new features for customers to use. Many features are enabled by granting your Amazon EC2 instances and on-premises servers access to Systems Manager using an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role with the necessary permissions. To provide customers more flexible, fine-grained permission […]

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Automate RDS Aurora Snapshots for disaster recovery

It is important to have a well-defined proactive disaster recovery strategy for efficient and uninterrupted flow of data across an organization. This applies to all components of your application architecture, including the database layer. While Amazon Aurora database clusters are fault-tolerant and highly available by design, for disaster recovery use cases, customers prefer to keep […]

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Improve governance and business agility using AWS Management and Governance videos

Curious to find solutions for managing your business on AWS? We always look at different ways to better serve our customers. One of the ways is to offer you video-based hands-on solutions addressing the common challenges faced by enterprises in managing and governing their AWS environments. Here’s a summary of videos published in AWS Management […]

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Deploy Conformance Packs across an Organization with Automatic Remediation

AWS Config conformance packs help you manage configuration compliance of your AWS resources at scale – from policy definition to auditing and aggregated reporting using a common framework and packaging model. Many enterprises have multiple AWS accounts to manage their AWS infrastructure and demand an easy way to manage compliance policy definitions across their organization. […]

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