This Guidance helps customers assess their foundational security setup in their AWS account. Use the provided AWS CloudFormation template to automate the assessment of your AWS accounts for security vulnerabilities and deliver an assessment report that includes steps on how to resolve the issues. 

Architecture Diagram

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Well-Architected Pillars

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

The architecture diagram above is an example of a Solution created with Well-Architected best practices in mind. To be fully Well-Architected, you should follow as many Well-Architected best practices as possible.

  • For secure authentication and authorization, Lambda is granted access to AWS services on the least privilege basis with read-only permissions. Single Lambda functions are deployed in this guidance and are inaccessible from the internet. The customer can view and download an assessment report within the AWS Well-Architected portal, which can only be accessed by logging into the customer's account. No additional data is stored anywhere else in the customer’s account.

    Read the Security whitepaper 
  • Lambda utilizes logs and metrics which are sent to Amazon CloudWatch where the data is analyzed for risks. Using a single CloudFormation template allows customers to easily install and uninstall resources.

    Read the Reliability whitepaper 
  • Lambda is purpose built for this Guidance, allowing the customer to change the custom lens and modify the Lambda function to meet their security needs. 

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  • Using only the minimum resources required, this Guidance scales to meet demand by using serverless services to deliver the security assessment. Costs are incurred only for the resources consumed.

    Read the Cost Optimization whitepaper 
  • This Guidance uses fully managed serverless services that scale with demand, and allow customers to continually match their loads using only the minimum resources required. 

    Read the Sustainability whitepaper 

Implementation Resources

The sample code is a starting point. It is industry validated, prescriptive but not definitive, and a peek under the hood to help you begin. 

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