Amazon Macie Basic Features


SAA-C03 Introduction
How IAM is used to securely manage access
IAM Features
PREVIEW10m 39s
Managing user identities with long term credentials in IAM
Creating IAM Users
Using IAM policies to define and manage permissions
Cross-account access
AWS Web Application Firewall
AWS Firewall Manager
12m 16s
AWS Shield
SAA-C03 Review
Security Summary
PREVIEW12m 46s
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3h 43m

This course looks at the key Security services within AWS relevant to the Solution Architect associate exam. Core to security is Identity & Access Management, commonly referred to as IAM. This service manages identities and their permissions that are able to access your AWS resources and so understanding how this service works and what you can do with it will help you to maintain a secure AWS environment. IAM is an important service in ensuring your resources are secure.

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn about identity and access management on AWS including users, groups & roles, IAM policies, MFA, identity federation, and cross-account access
  • Learn the fundamentals of AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF) including what it is, when to use it, how it works, and why use it
  • Understand how to configure and monitor AWS WAF
  • Learn about AWS Firewall Manager and its components
  • Learn how to configure AWS Shield
  • Learn the fundamentals of AWS Cognito

Amazon Macie uses machine learning to do its work and helps you discover and analyze sensitive data stored in Amazon S3 buckets, including personal identifiable information, or PII, such as names, addresses, credit card numbers, API Keys, and access credentials among many others. Macie scans S3 buckets and recognizes critical private information. It also automatically tracks changes to buckets and only evaluates new or modified objects in future scans. That way, it doesn't have to review objects that have not changed and makes the discovery job significantly more efficient and scalable. You can run one-time or automated data discovery and display the results to AWS Security Hub.

Amazon Macie provides a list of findings where the severity and finding type are clearly displayed. In this case, we created a bucket called academy-ca-macie and uploaded a file with disabled user keys, an RDS SQL Query, a credit card list in CSV format, and a few other files. Notice the severity as medium or high. Also, notice the finding type for the S3 objects include Personal, Financial, and Credentials. It also points to the resource that is affected. Finally, it shows when the object was last scanned. In the future, unless there is a change, these objects will not be re-evaluated.

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.

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.