Use AWS Config the Right Way for Successful Compliance
It’s well-known that AWS Config is a powerful service for monitoring all changes across your resources. As AWS Config has constantly evolved and improved over the years, it has transformed into a true powerhouse for monitoring your deployment’s compliance. Monitoring for compliance — whether for HIPAA, CIS, internal auditors, etc. — is a detailed and complicated process, and it’s of utmost importance to provide a clear history of all actions so that auditors can easily assess and approve your organization. With that in mind, let’s check out the following three best practices to use AWS Config for Compliance.
1. Strive for the Goal of Clear Compliance Reporting
Why do you want to use AWS Config, and what are the main benefits of taking the time to learn about a new service, devise processes around implementing it, and enforce new policies within your organization? To put it succinctly, using AWS Config to monitor your compliance needs will give you a customized and organized ledger of all changes to your deployment, indicating how each resource meets compliance over time.
By running through one of Cloud Academy’s Labs, you can see that at the fundamental level, AWS Config sets up recorders to capture all resource changes in your deployment. This is very powerful because you’re going to have a programmatic log of all changes, and this huge amount of data can be used to refer back to when you get audited.
In addition, as organizations shift from monolithic applications to microservices, they start to implement the tenets of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD). AWS Config provides a valuable trail of actions that further support reporting on your internal processes — for DevOps, Security, and Financial stakeholders — at every step of the rapid CI/CD process.
This all adds up