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3 Steps  |  60 Minutes


Many enterprises must retain regulatory and compliance archives for extended durations, which traditionally require expensive, purpose-built hardware and can quickly drive up storage costs as the volume of data retention increases. Turning to cloud storage like Amazon Glacier, for long term archiving allows companies to store data cost-effectively for years or even decades, offloading the administrative burdens of operating and scaling storage to Amazon Web Services. And with Amazon Glacier Vault Lock, regulated industries such as financial services, legal firms, and healthcare organizations can feel secure about meeting compliance requirements, as Vault Lock allows them to set controls to meet compliance and regulatory objectives for electronic storage, such as SEC Rule 17a-4 (f).

What you'll accomplish:

Create a New Vault for Regulatory/Compliance Archives

Initiate Vault Lock

Test a Vault Lock Policy

Complete the Vault Lock Process

Set up Flexible Access Controls in the Vault Access Policy

What you'll need before starting:

An AWS Account: You will need an AWS account to provision resources for this project. Sign up for AWS.

IT Skill level: Experience with storage and backup technologies, networking, virtualization, backup tools, and tape solutions is recommended, but not required.

AWS Experience: Basic knowledge of Amazon Glacier vaults and archives, and familiarity with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) are recommended to successfully complete this project.

Archive upload tool: The Glacier console does not support archive upload operations. You can use a number of 3rd party data management tools that are integrated with Amazon Glacier, such as Cloudberry or FastGlacier, to upload archives. Otherwise, you can use the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) or write code to make upload requests using the AWS SDK. 

Billing Estimates:

Cost to complete project: The estimated cost to complete this project is less than $1. This cost assumes that you follow the recommended configurations, and that you terminate all resources (i.e. delete Glacier test data) after a 30-day retention policy. Your use case may require different configurations that can impact your bill. Use the Pricing Calculator to estimate costs tailored for your needs

Monthly billing estimate: The total cost of setting up and maintaining a compliant archive will vary depending on your archive size, location, number of requests made, and data transfer fees. Standard Glacier charges will apply, which start at $0.007/GB/month. To see a breakdown of the services used and their associated costs, see Services Used and Costs.

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Compliance assessment on Amazon Glacier Vault Lock performed by Cohasset Associates, Inc to use with your regulator or Designated Examining Authority (DEA) in support of the SEC 17a-4(f)(2)(i) and CFTC 1.31(c) requirement

This document includes a basic approach to evaluating AWS controls and provides information to assist customers with integrating control environments.

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