What is AWS CloudTrail?

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This lesson provides an introductory look to two AWS services that are used to help you audit, monitor and evaluate your AWS infrastructure and resources, these being AWS CloudTrail and AWS Config.  

Learning Objectives

This lesson has been designed to help you understand how AWS CloudTrail can be used to track, audit, and monitor all API requests made in your AWS account, making it an effective security analysis tool. Also, you will gain an understanding of how AWS Config can help you to:

  • Understand what resources you have
  • Identify the status of resource configurations
  • Review  resource relationships 
  • Log a resource history, including all previous changes against that resource 
  • Understand if your resources are compliant with specific governance controls
  • Provide up to date and accurate auditing information 

Once you have completed this lesson, you will be able to determine when and why you would implement AWS CloudTrail and/or AWS Config within your environment.

Intended Audience

This lesson has been created for:

  • Security Architects
  • Operations Analysts
  • Compliance Managers
  • Those looking to take the AWS Associate level certifications


To get the most from this lesson, you should be familiar with the basic concepts of AWS as well as with some of its core components, such as EC2.

About the Author
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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

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