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Q: Can I continue to use Macie Classic and its existing feature set?

Amazon Macie Classic users will be able to continue using the service. In the AWS Management Console, you will also be able to activate the current version of Macie allowing you to explore the new feature set and review the lower cost before transitioning from the Macie Classic service. Once you are ready, please refer to this user guide to transition to the current Macie service.

Q: Can I still activate Macie Classic in new accounts?

No, you cannot activate Macie Classic in new accounts. However, you can still use Macie Classic with already activated accounts. You can reach out to AWS support if you have a unique situation and would like to activate Macie Classic in new accounts.

Q: How can I transition from Macie Classic to Macie?

Please refer to this user guide to transition to the current Macie service.

Q: How does the current Macie pricing impact my costs and billing with Macie Classic?

For Macie Classic usage, you will continue to be billed with no change until you disable the service. Here are the pricing details of Macie Classic for your reference:

Content Classification
Once enabled, Amazon Macie Classic classifies current and future objects in the S3 bucket(s) you select. This produces metadata that is used by Macie Classic to create dashboards and reports, and also allows you to run custom queries and create custom alerts. The content classification engine processes up to the first 20 MB of an S3 object, and S3 objects less than 1 KB in size are charged as 1 KB. Metadata is stored for 30 days at no additional cost.

No charge for the first 1 GB processed by the content classification engine
After first GB, $5.00 per GB processed by the content classification engine

CloudTrail Event Processing
Amazon Macie Classic uses CloudTrail events to assess anomalies from both Management API activity for AWS services as well as S3 object-level API activity (e.g. Get, Put, Delete, List). Macie Classic charges for the number of processed events, and stores them for 90 days at no additional cost.

No charge for the first 100,000 events
After first 100,000 events, $4.00 per 1,000,000 events

Extended Data Retention
Amazon Macie Classic stores the generated metadata of classified S3 objects for 30 days at no additional cost. You can choose to increase the metadata retention period to continue querying the findings for an additional fee.

A charge of $0.05 per GB processed for each month beyond the initial 30 days

Macie Classic Pricing Example
In this pricing example, you enable 15 Amazon S3 buckets containing a total of 100 GB of data. After the initial classification, 6GB of new data is added to the S3 buckets every month for a total of 18GB of new data for a total amount of 118GB of classified data.
You generate 1,000,000 CloudTrail Management events and 1,100,000 CloudTrail S3 object-level API events per month for a total of 2,100,000 events per month. You also choose to extend the metadata retention for 90 days. Your charges are calculated as follows:

Rule-Gradient@2x
Classified S3 Content 106 GB 6 GB 6 GB
Charge for Classifying S3 Content 1 x $0/First GB = $0
105 x $5/GB = $525
1 x $0/First GB = $0
5 x $5/GB = $25
1 x $0/First GB = $0
5 x $5/GB = $25
Processed CloudTrail Events 2.1 Million Events 2.1 Million Events 2.1 Million Events
Charge for Processing CloudTrail Events 100k x $0/First 100k Events = $0
2M x $4/1M Events = $8
100k x $0/First 100k Events = $0
2M x $4/1M Events = $8
100k x $0/First 100k Events = $0
2M x $4/1M Events = $8
Extended Data Retention 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days
Charge for Extended Data Retention Free 106 x $0.05/GB = $5.30 (106 + 6) x $0.05/GB = $5.60
Total Charges $525 + $8 = $533 $25 + $8 + $5.30 = $38.30 $25 + $8 + $5.60 = $38.60

Usage Related Charges
AWS CloudTrail charges apply based on your usage, since Amazon Macie Classic requires enabling both CloudTrail management events, and data events for S3 object-level API activity for protected S3 buckets. For AWS CloudTrail costs, please visit the CloudTrail pricing page. Amazon Macie Classic requires access to your content. You are charged standard Amazon S3 rates for GET and LIST requests. For Amazon S3 costs, please visit the S3 pricing page.

Q: What regions are supported by Macie Classic?

Macie Classic is only supported in 2 regions - US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1), US West (Oregon) (us-west-2). The current version of Macie service is supported globally and the regional availability is listed here: AWS Region Table

Q: What is the end of life for Macie Classic?

Currently, there is no end of life date for Macie Classic. However, no additional functionality will be added to the Macie Classic service. It is highly encouraged to transition to the current Amazon Macie service from Macie Classic.

Q: Can the findings from Macie Classic be exported?

Yes, you can export all of your data classification findings from Macie Classic to an Amazon S3 bucket. Once exported, Macie Classic will stop generating new classification findings.

Q: Can the findings from Macie Classic be imported to Macie?

No, the findings from Macie Classic cannot be directly imported to Macie.

Q: Where can I find documentation for Macie Classic?

The Amazon Macie Classic user guide and API reference guide can be found here:
Amazon Macie Classic User Guide - https://docs.aws.amazon.com/macie/latest/userguide/what-is-macie.html
Amazon Macie Classic API Reference - https://docs.aws.amazon.com/macie/1.0/APIReference/Welcome.html

Q: Will the current Amazon Macie still support Amazon S3 anomaly detection through CloudTrail event processing?

The current Amazon Macie does not support anomaly detection through CloudTrail event processing. Amazon S3 anomaly detection will be supported in Amazon GuardDuty, where it will come with expanded detections.

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