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Amazon VPC October 2019 Update

Released on October 10th, 2019

AWS Firewall Manager Now Supports Management of Amazon VPC Security Groups

AWS Firewall Manager is a security management tool to centrally configure and manage firewall rules across your accounts and Amazon VPCs. AWS Firewall Manager now supports Amazon VPC security groups, making it easier for security administrators to centrally configure security groups across multiple accounts in their organization, and continuously audit them to detect overly permissive or misconfigured rules.

A security group acts as a virtual firewall for your instance to control inbound and outbound traffic. As customers scale up their number of instances and accounts, security administrators find it difficult to maintain a central view of their security posture across their entire organization. With AWS Firewall Manager support for security groups, administrators now have the ability to centrally create common security groups across the organization and enforce them consistently even as new accounts and resources are created. Administrators can also create audit policies to define what security group rules can or cannot be created across their organization. In addition, AWS Firewall Manager also provides pre-configured policies that detect unused and redundant security groups. Administrators can choose to automatically remediate or get notifications when misconfigured rules are detected.

With AWS Firewall Manager support for security groups, customers can now centrally manage rules applied to EC2-VPC instances and ENI resource types. To get started, see the documentation for more details. See the AWS Region Table for the list of regions where AWS Firewall Manager is currently available. To learn more about AWS Firewall Manager, its features and pricing, please visit the website.

Amazon VPC Traffic Mirroring Now Supports AWS CloudFormation

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Traffic Mirroring now supports AWS CloudFormation. AWS CloudFormation enables you to provision and configure AWS infrastructure deployments predictably and repeatedly through template files.  

CloudFormation template files allow you to manage different AWS resources as a single unit so you can automate creation, deletion and modification of traffic mirroring resources. For example, you can increase or decrease the number of source or target instances in a traffic mirroring configuration by changing the number of resources in your template. You can reuse your CloudFormation template to automatically replicate traffic mirroring sessions across you AWS environments. You can also use a version control system with your CloudFormation template to keep track of traffic mirroring sessions being created and any changes made to those sessions.

Amazon VPC Traffic Mirroring feature was introduced in June 2019. It allows customers to gain insight into the network traffic across their Amazon VPC infrastructure for content inspection and threat monitoring. You can learn more about it by reading Amazon's documentation. For more information about the list of resources supported by CloudFormation including Amazon VPC Traffic mirroring, refer to AWS CloudFormation user guide here

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