Ready for the real environment experience?
AWS Config is a powerful tool in your security and governance toolkit. AWS Config can record and track changes to the configuration of many types of resources in AWS. Config Rules can be used to monitor compliance with your security and governance policies. You can leverage AWS Config managed rules to quickly get started with compliance checking of common policies. You are also able to write custom rules to cover whatever policy you care to enforce. In this lab, you will get hands-on experience with managed and custom AWS Config rules.
Upon completion of this lab you will be able to:
- Configure the configuration recorder to AWS resources
- Track and audit security changes using AWS Config
- Explore the integration between AWS Config and CloudTrail
- Use managed and custom rules to check compliance
- Analyze and correct non-compliant resources
You should be familiar with the following:
- EC2 Security Groups basics
- CloudTrail and AWS Lambda basics will be helpful but not required
The following courses can be used to fulfill the prerequisites:
- Working with AWS Networking and Amazon VPC
- AWS CloudTrail: An Introduction
- Compute Fundamentals For AWS
February 1st, 2022 - Updated screenshot for the custom rule port parameter
January 10th, 2022 - Updated instructions and screenshots to reflect the latest UI
August 31st, 2021 - Update the instructions to reflect the latest AWS Config experience
March 29th, 2021 - Updated screenshots and instructions to reflect the latest AWS Config user-interface changes
March 11th, 2021 - Updated AWS Lambda instructions to reflect the latest user-interface changes
November 10th, 2020 - Added screenshots to more easily follow along with managing tags of the lab's security group
October 29th, 2020 - Updated the lab to reflect the latest AWS Console experience
July 2nd, 2019 - Refactored part of the provisioning script to improve Lab maintainability
March 13th, 2019 - Updated Lab IAM permissions to work with the new AWS Config integration with AWS Systems Manager Automation for automatic remediation. Updated instructions to explain how Systems Manager Automation can automatically remedy rule violations.
January 10th, 2019 - Added a validation Lab Step to check the work you perform in the Lab
September 6th, 2018 - Updated Lab IAM permissions to work with the new AWS Config requirements. Updated instructions and screenshots.
July 30th, 2018 - Updated all instructions and images to match the new AWS Console experience
Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS), Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.