Gartner Research

Implementing Cloud Security Monitoring and Compliance Using Amazon Web Services

Published: 22 May 2018

ID: G00351316

Analyst(s): Richard Bartley , Joerg Fritsch


Enterprises need to address demands to expand security operations to cloud environments. This assessment helps technical professionals evaluate the expanding set of services that are available for cloud security monitoring and compliance tasks at AWS.

Table Of Contents


  • AWS Security Monitoring and Compliance Services
  • General AWS Services
    • Amazon CloudWatch
    • AWS CloudTrail
    • AWS Config
    • AWS Trusted Advisor
    • VPC Flow Logs Accounting
  • AWS Security Services
    • Amazon Inspector
    • Amazon Macie
    • AWS IAM
    • Amazon GuardDuty
    • AWS Artifact and Compliance and Assurance Programs
  • AWS Security Monitoring and Compliance Strengths
  • AWS Security Monitoring and Compliance Weaknesses
  • AWS Partner Ecosystem and Third-Party Vendor Capabilities


  • Establish Logging and Monitoring Within AWS Covering All Instances and Virtualized Assets
  • Consider Cloud Security Posture Management Products to Meet Compliance Needs and Manage Complexity
  • Automate Security Monitoring and Compliance as Much as Possible
  • Integrate Configuration Checking and Vulnerability Scanning Capabilities Into the Deployment Cycle
  • Prioritize Vendors With API-Enabled Capabilities to Further Support Automation
  • Monitor Not Only What Access Occurs but Also for Changes to Identity and Access
  • Manage Operational Security Across Cloud Service Providers With Cloud Security Posture Management Products

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