Manage your AWS accounts

AWS accounts are natural boundaries for permission, security, costs, and workloads. Using a multi-account environment is a recommended best-practice when scaling your cloud environment. You can simplify account creation by programmatically creating new accounts using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), SDKs, or APIs, and centrally provision recommended resources and permissions to those accounts with AWS CloudFormation StackSets.

Define and manage your organization

As you create new accounts, you can group them into organizational units (OUs), or groups of accounts that serve a single application or service. Apply tag polices to classify or track resources in your organization, and provide attribute-based access control for users or applications. In addition, you can delegate responsibility for supported AWS services to accounts so users can manage them on behalf of your organization.

Secure and monitor your accounts

You can centrally provide tools and access for your security team to manage security needs on behalf of the organization. For example, you can provide read-only security access across accounts, detect and mitigate threats with Amazon GuardDuty, review unintended access to resources with IAM Access Analyzer, and secure sensitive data with Amazon Macie.

Control access and permissions

Set up Amazon Single Sign-On (SSO) to provide access to AWS accounts and resources using your active directory, and customize permissions based on separate job roles. You can also apply service control policies (SCPs) to users, accounts, or OUs to control access to AWS resources, services, and Regions within your organization.

Share resources across accounts

You can share AWS resources within your organization using AWS Resource Allocation Management (RAM). For example, you can create your AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) subnets once and share them across your organization. You can also centrally agree to software licenses with AWS License Manager, and share a catalog of IT services and custom products across accounts with AWS Service Catalog.

Audit your environment for compliance

You can activate AWS CloudTrail across accounts, which creates a log of all activity in your cloud environment that cannot be turned off or modified by member accounts. In addition, you can set policies to enforce backups on your specified cadence with AWS Backup, or define recommended configuration settings for resources across accounts and AWS Regions with AWS Config.

Centrally manage billing and costs

Organizations provides you with a single consolidated bill. In addition, you can view usage from resources across accounts and track costs using AWS Cost Explorer, and optimize your usage of compute resources using AWS Compute Optimizer.

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