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Category: AWS CloudTrail*

Greater Transparency into Actions AWS Services Perform on Your Behalf by Using AWS CloudTrail

To make managing your AWS account easier, some AWS services perform actions on your behalf, including the creation and management of AWS resources. For example, AWS Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring. To make these AWS actions more transparent, AWS adds an AWS Identity and Access […]

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Getting Started: Follow Security Best Practices as You Configure Your AWS Resources

After you create your first AWS account, you might be tempted to start immediately addressing the issue that brought you to AWS. For example, you might set up your first website, spin up a virtual server, or create your first storage solution. However, AWS recommends that first, you follow some security best practices to help […]

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AWS CloudTrail Now Tracks Cross-Account Activity to Its Origin

You can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles and AWS Security Token Service (STS) to set up cross-account access between AWS accounts. When you assume an IAM role in another AWS account to obtain cross-account access to services and resources in that account, AWS CloudTrail logs the cross-account activity. Starting today, CloudTrail logs […]

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Register for and Attend This November 10 Webinar—Introduction to Three AWS Security Services

Update: This webinar is now available as an on-demand video and slide deck. As part of the AWS Webinar Series, AWS will present Introduction to Three AWS Security Services on Thursday, November 10. This webinar will start at 10:30 A.M. and end at 11:30 A.M. Pacific Time. AWS Solutions Architect Pierre Liddle shows how AWS Identity and […]

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How to Audit Cross-Account Roles Using AWS CloudTrail and Amazon CloudWatch Events

You can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles to grant access to resources in your AWS account, another AWS account you own, or a third-party account. For example, you may have an AWS account used for production resources and a separate AWS account for development resources. Throughout this post, I will refer to […]

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How to Easily Identify Your Federated Users by Using AWS CloudTrail

Starting today, you can use AWS CloudTrail to track the activity of your federated users (web identity federation and Security Assertion Markup Language [SAML]). For example, you can now use CloudTrail to identify a SAML federated user who terminated an Amazon EC2 instance in your AWS account, or to identify a mobile application user who […]

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Register for and Attend This July 29 Webinar–Troubleshoot Operational & Security Incidents with CloudTrail

Update: The on-demand recording and slides from this webinar are now available. As part of the AWS Webinar Series, AWS will present Troubleshoot Operational & Security Incidents with CloudTrail on Wednesday, July 29. This webinar will start at 12:00 P.M. (noon) and end at 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time (UTC-7). AWS Senior Product Manager Sivakanth Mundru will help you understand the […]

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How to Receive Alerts When Specific APIs Are Called by Using AWS CloudTrail, Amazon SNS, and AWS Lambda

Let’s face it—not all APIs were created equal. For example, you may be really interested in knowing when any of your Amazon EC2 instances are terminated (ec2:TerminateInstance), but less interested when an object is put in an Amazon S3 bucket (s3:PutObject). In this example, you can delete an object, but you can’t bring back that […]

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AWS Directory Service Now Supports API Access and Logging Via AWS CloudTrail

Developers can now programmatically create and configure Simple AD and AD Connector directories in AWS Directory Service via the AWS SDKs or CLI. You can also now use Cloud Trail to log API actions performed via an SDK, the CLI, or AWS Directory Service console. Permissions for performing these actions can be controlled via an AWS […]

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Sharing AWS CloudTrail Log Files Between Accounts

If you use AWS CloudTrail to log API calls in your account, you can share your log files with other AWS accounts, whether you own those accounts or not. In this post, Greg Pettibone, a technical writer on the CloudTrail team, walks through some cross-account scenarios to show you how. AWS CloudTrail captures information about […]

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