Automatic application of Amazon VPC security groups, AWS WAF rules, and AWS Shield Advanced protections
You can automatically enforce policies on AWS resources that currently exist or are created in the future, thereby ensuring compliance with firewall rules across the organization. AWS Firewall Manager gives customers the ability to apply AWS WAF rules, as well as Managed Rules for AWS WAF, on Application Load Balancers, API Gateways and Amazon CloudFront accounts. You can apply AWS Shield Advanced protections on Application or Classic Load Balances, Elastic IP addresses or CloudFront distributions. Similarly, you can use AWS Firewall Manager to create a common primary security group across your EC2 instances in your VPC. You can choose to automatically enforce the rule on a newly created resource, or you can choose to be notified when the new resource is created.
Multi-account resource groups
Within AWS Firewall Manager, you are able to group resources by Account, by Resource Type, and by Tag. Your security team can create policies for all resources within a particular group or across accounts in the organization.
Cross-account protection policies
AWS Firewall Manager is integrated with AWS Organizations and will automatically fetch the list of accounts in your AWS organization to enable you to group resources across accounts. First, you build protection policies, which define a group of resources and associate the group with your policy. Then, you specify the scope of the policy to cover a specific set of AWS accounts, or all of your Organizations’ accounts. Firewall Manager will deploy the protections only on the resources in the accounts based on the scope of the policy.
Hierarchical rule enforcement
AWS Firewall Manager allows you to apply protection policies in a hierarchical manner, so you can delegate the creation of application-specific rules while retaining the ability to enforce certain rules centrally. Centrally applied rules are constantly monitored for any accidental removal or mishandling, thereby ensuring they are applied consistently.
Dashboard with compliance notifications
AWS Firewall Manager provides a visual dashboard where you can quickly view which AWS resources are protected, identify non-compliant resources, and take appropriate action. You can also get notified when there are changes to your configurations through SNS notification streams.
Audit existing and future security groups in your VPCs
With AWS Firewall Manager, you can create policies to set guardrails that define what security groups are allowed/disallowed across your VPCs. AWS Firewall Manager continuously monitors security groups to detect overly permissive rules, and helps improve firewall posture. You can get notifications of accounts and resources that are non-compliant or allow AWS Firewall Manager to take action directly through auto-remediation.