AWS Security Hub Standards Implemented


Course Introduction
Course Summary
AWS Security Hub Standards Implemented

This course explores AWS Security Hub, starting with a high-level overview of AWS security. We are then going to highlight some of the services that sit in the AWS security space concluding with AWS Security Hub and some sample security result findings obtained using the AWS Console.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how AWS Security Hub helps you automate security checks, manage security issues, and identify the highest priority security findings in your AWS implementation
  • Understand AWS security services including Amazon Inspector, Macie, and Guard Duty 
  • Learn how to check your environments and systems against security industry standards and best practices

Intended Audience

This course is intended for architects, developers, and system operators looking for a unified, scalable way to secure AWS accounts and resources.


To get the most out of this course, you should meet the requirements for the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification and preferably one of the AWS associate-level certifications.


AWS Security Hub automatically implements three fundamental standards as defined by the Center for Internet Security, or CIS. CIS is helping make the connected world a safer place by publishing guidelines to safeguard public and private organizations against cyber threats. This includes benchmarks for AWS implementations. The reference URL for the Center for Internet Security is Once enabled, Security Hub begins to monitor CIS benchmarks in order to provide you visibility as to what you're doing right and what needs remediation.

The first standard supported by Security Hub is called the AWS Foundational Security Best Practices Version 1.0. This is a standard defined and curated by AWS security experts and represents the most basic actions you need to take on a new account in order to make sure everything else you build is secure. Details as simple as enabling multifactor authentication for all account users, defining a robust password policy, the use of groups for applying permissions to users and making sure you never have publicly accessible Amazon S3 buckets will ensure a high score on this fundamental benchmark. We will discuss how to get a good score on this set of best practices in the next section.

The second standard supported by AWS Security Hub is the CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark Version 1.2. This is a set of best practices for AWS configuration in terms of security. It includes details related to monitoring and logging, which are essential to identify security issues. AWS Security Hub automatically checks for your compliance with these benchmarks once you enable it.

The third standard supported by Security Hub is the PCI DSS Version 3.2.1. This stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards and it applies to the storing and processing of credit card information in your AWS implementation. AWS Security Hub is your central point of access to verify AWS security and take appropriate action when needed.

AWS Security is to be taken seriously and best practices need to be defined by your organization, implemented and reviewed regularly as the security landscape continues to evolve. The importance of security in your AWS infrastructure cannot be overstated. A fundamental error in your security implementation can potentially compromise and cost your business significant losses in time, effort, and money. Cloud security is complicated to implement. AWS Security Hub helps you manage the complexity of collecting and remediating security issues in your AWS infrastructure.

About the Author
Jorge Negrón
AWS Content Architect
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Experienced in architecture and delivery of cloud-based solutions, the development, and delivery of technical training, defining requirements, use cases, and validating architectures for results. Excellent leadership, communication, and presentation skills with attention to details. Hands-on administration/development experience with the ability to mentor and train current & emerging technologies, (Cloud, ML, IoT, Microservices, Big Data & Analytics).