Amazon Guard Duty Basic Features
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In this section of the AWS Certified: SAP on AWS Specialty learning path, we introduce you to the various Security services currently available in AWS that are relevant to the PAS-C01 exam.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the purpose of AWS user and identity management
  • Identify resources and capabilities for AWS network security
  • Understand how to evaluate the security of an AWS environment
  • Describe AWS services used to create a comprehensive security solution for SAP deployments


The AWS Certified: SAP on AWS Specialty certification has been designed for anyone who has experience managing and operating SAP workloads. Ideally you’ll also have some exposure to the design and implementation of SAP workloads on AWS, including migrating these workloads from on-premises environments. Many exam questions will require a solutions architect level of knowledge for many AWS services, including AWS Security services. All of the AWS Cloud concepts introduced in this course will be explained and reinforced from the ground up.


Amazon GuardDuty is an intelligent threat detection service that provides you with an accurate way to consistently monitor and protect your AWS accounts and workloads for suspicious activity. We're talking about intelligent threat identification for your accounts, data, and workflows. It uses trained machine learning models to identify suspicious user and resource behaviors. It also learns from your environment to eliminate false positive identifications.

Amazon GuardDuty is able to analyze CloudTrail logs, VPC flow logs, and DNS query logs to identify issues worth looking into. An interesting item about GuardDuty is that sample findings help you analyze the type of results that GuardDuty delivers. When you generate sample findings, GuardDuty populates your current findings list with one sample finding of each type.

Don't forget, GuardDuty is able to display its results to AWS Security Hub. Generating sample findings will allow you to verify AWS Security Hub's functionality sooner more than later. Let's take a look at some sample results from the GuardDuty screens. As a result, Amazon GuardDuty gives you a listing of findings classified under three categories, low, medium, and high severity.

In this screen of the AWS console, low severity findings are marked in blue with a small circle next to the finding. Medium severity findings are marked by GuardDuty in orange with a small square next to the finding. High severity findings are marked by GuardDuty in red with a small triangle next to the finding. Also notice how, on the top right, you have a findings summary showing the total for each of the severity categories.

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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.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.