Governing AWS Accounts with AWS Config and AWS CloudTrail

Lab Steps

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Logging in to the Amazon Web Services Console
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Setting up AWS Config
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Sending Email Notifications with Amazon Simple Notification Service
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Creating a Trail with AWS CloudTrail
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Reviewing AWS Config Resource Timelines
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Inspecting AWS Config Timeline Changes
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Accessing an AWS IAM Credential Report

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Time Limit1h
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Description

As deployments become increasingly complex and businesses allow developers more freedom to work with the AWS Cloud, understanding what users are doing becomes even more important.

Governance on AWS is the practice of using AWS tools to ensure that the way AWS is used meets strategic goals for a company. More concretely, this usually refers to a set of practices and techniques to monitor the usage of AWS APIs and services. In this lab, we will review methods for monitoring how developers use AWS.

Learn about the basic techniques and technologies for the governance of enterprise AWS accounts. This lab covers how to use AWS Config Rules, IAM monitoring techniques, AWS CloudTrails, and core reporting tools.

You will set up AWS Config to monitor changes to resources within an AWS account, subscribe to updates on these resources via email, create an audit trail of AWS API calls using AWS CloudTrail, learn how to read an AWS Config Resource Change Timeline, and pull an AWS IAM report for an account.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lab, you will be able to:

  • Set up AWS Config to monitor changes to AWS resources in your account
  • Subscribe to resource updates via email
  • Create an audit trail of AWS API calls using AWS CloudTrail
  • Learn how to read an AWS Config Resource Change Timeline
  • Access an AWS IAM report for an AWS account

Intended Audience

  • Candidates for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam
  • Cloud Architects
  • System Administrators

Prerequisites

Familiarity with the following will be beneficial but is not required:

  • AWS Config
  • AWS IAM
  • AWS CloudTrail

Updates

July 20th, 2021 - Updated lab format and lab step instructions to match console UI experience

January 10th, 2019 - Added a validation Lab Step to check the work you perform in the Lab

September 12th, 2018 - Updated instructions, screenshots, and permissions to match the new service workflows.

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About the Author
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Nothing gets me more excited than the AWS Cloud platform! Teaching cloud skills has become a passion of mine. I have been a software and AWS cloud consultant for several years. I hold all 5 possible AWS Certifications: Developer Associate, SysOps Administrator Associate, Solutions Architect Associate, Solutions Architect Professional, and DevOps Engineer Professional. I live in Austin, Texas, USA, and work as development lead at my consulting firm, Tuple Labs.