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Tag: Compliance

Announcing AWS Config Custom Rules using Guard Custom policy

AWS Config lets you evaluate your AWS resources with a desired configuration state using AWS Config Rules. In AWS Config, you can define two types of rules, managed rules and custom rules. Managed rules are AWS provided rules that will evaluate your resources with a predefined configuration state that address some of the most common […]

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Announcing AWS CloudTrail Lake – a managed audit and security Lake

Organizations managing cloud infrastructure in AWS need effective mechanisms to audit operations in their AWS accounts for security and compliance. In November 2013, we announced AWS CloudTrail as the auditing platform for AWS. Since then, millions of customers have adopted this service. We believe CloudTrail is so important to AWS customers’ success that every new […]

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Authorize different sets of interactive session commands for users using SSM documents

Limit interactive session commands by groups of users using AWS Systems Manager

Customers are looking for a way to limit the types of commands that can be run on their Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances when using AWS Systems Manager Session Manager interactive sessions. Allowed commands vary by group, meaning you need to allow different sets of commands based on the group of users. For […]

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Using AWS Systems Manager OpsCenter and AWS Config for compliance monitoring

In this post, I show how AWS Systems Manager OpsCenter can be used to centrally record and mitigate alerts from AWS Config.  When AWS Config detects a resource that is out of compliance, an OpsItem is created.  This OpsItem is used to track details of the noncompliant resource, record investigative actions, and provide access to […]

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Automatic drift remediation solution architecture

Implement automatic drift remediation for AWS CloudFormation using Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Lambda

“Stack drift” is a common occurrence for organizations using AWS CloudFormation, and remediating stack drift represents a persistent and tedious challenge for organizations managing critical infrastructure with CloudFormation stacks. Stack drift occurs when the actual configuration of an infrastructure resource differs from its expected configuration. Typically, this is caused by users editing resources directly by […]

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Overview of architecture: Multiple target accounts send info to master account

Managing aged access keys through AWS Config remediations

One of the security best practices that is time-consuming to manage is enforcing IAM access key rotation for IAM users. Access keys give IAM users the ability to connect to Amazon EC2 instances. Therefore rotating these regularly (for example, every 90 days) is one of the key steps in protecting your resources from unauthorized access. […]

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Deploy AWS Config Rules and Conformance Packs using a delegated admin

AWS Config Rules allow customers to evaluate the configuration of resources against best practices and perform remediation when specified configuration policies are not being followed. Using AWS Config Conformance Packs, customers can create a collection of AWS Config rules and remediation actions in a single pack that can be deployed across AWS Organizations. This provides […]

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Multi-account framework

Governance, risk, and compliance when establishing your cloud presence

June 22, 2021: We’ve updated this post to reference the recently published Management & Governance Lens, an extension of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. When speaking with the business and technology leaders I work with, they express the need to bring new products and services to market quickly. They must also stay secure while doing so. […]

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Amazon S3 bucket compliance using AWS Config Auto Remediation feature

AWS Config keeps track of the configuration of your AWS resources and their relationships to your other resources. It can also evaluate those AWS resources for compliance. This service uses rules that can be configured to evaluate AWS resources against desired configurations. For example, there are AWS Config rules that check whether or not your […]

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Query your resource configuration state using the advanced query feature of AWS Config

On March 19, AWS Config announced a new capability called advanced query. Advanced query makes it easy to query the resource configuration properties of your AWS resources for audit, compliance, or operational troubleshooting. Advanced query is available in all AWS public Regions and in AWS GovCloud (US) at no additional charge for AWS Config customers. […]

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