AWS Security 7 Tools

Aayush Pandey
4 min readJun 26, 2021


AWS Security provides you a view of your security alerts and security posture to your AWS accounts. There are powerful security tools that provides from firewalls and endpoint protection to vulnerability and compliance scanners.

According to AWS Security tools, you now have one & only place that aggregates, organizes your security alerts, or findings, from multiple AWS services. The tools are as follows:

  1. Amazon GuardDuty
  2. AWS Shield
  3. CloudWatch
  4. AWS Inspector
  5. Macie
  6. Prowler
  7. ScoutSuite

Amazon GuardDuty:

This Amazon GuardDuty is a service that detects threats & is very simple to deploy. It is also known as wall watcher. Amazon GuardDuty analyze your logs throughout all your services & accounts to ensure that there is nothing left unprotected. Amazon GuardDuty can also locate the activities that are connected to account compromise, instance compromise, and reconnaissance.

This will encompass various things like Data Exfiltration, Attempts at disabling logins, Unusual API calls, Ports Scanning & malware. As a result this service is designed to be a ‘Hand-off’ tool. Therefore, you cannot write custom alerts of your own. In simple, Amazon GuardDuty is a tool that looks on & scans all your logs to save you from the hustle.

AWS Shield:

This amazon security tool is a DDoS attack protection service that provides security to Amazon EC2, CloudFront, Global Accelerator, and Load balancers. As DDoS protection might not seems to be Complete. However, still AWS states that about 99% of all the infrastructure flood attacks that are detected by AWS Shield are usually diminished in less than a second on CloudFront.

Moreover, many times attacks are organized simply to prevent a specific company from doing its business. AWS Shield that allows you to stay up even without having to capture your security team is something that can give you a considerable competitive edge. AWS shield can also protect online websites, which are not hosted inside Amazon Web Services. In short, AWS Shield is a tool that will keep your services accessible at a incomparable success rate.


Amazon CloudWatch is an observing and administering service that provides data and practical insights for AWS, hybrid, and onsite applications and structure resources. CloudWatch provides services that can help you to collect and grant access to all your performance and running data in form of logs and metrics from a single platform.

CloudWatch can also help you to diagnose security problems. Aside from its security purpose applications, this tool can also sum up the resource utilization data and performance. CloudWatch is also used in fixing up auto-scaling for EC2 instances so as to automatically remove or add computer resources to ensure that the organizations are getting the best when they invest in AWS services.

AWS Inspector:

AWS Inspector is a security judgement tool that hunts for vulnerabilities and analyzes AWS applications. The best feature about this service is that the administrators will be receiving compatible upgrades which are updated by the AWS security team. Establishing security quality and compliance into application deployment and foundation gives an organization a remarkable head start in being secure. The best thing about this tool is that it is relevant.


Macie is a ML (Machine Learning) based service, which keeps analyzing data access trends and scans & detects abnormalities to mark unauthorized data access and data leaks. The main aim of this Macie tool is all about protecting & preserving data. It can send notifications to CloudWatch in order to hold all practice and automation alerts. Apart from being a fully managed service, you should find it very simple and more practical to add extra visibility and alerting without performing extra work. At Present, it only supports analyzing S3 buckets. It also allows the companies to know if their important data is compromised or not.


Prowler is a third-party or intermediary service that is reported as an AWS best assessment, forensic readiness, defense, and audit tool. Prowler is a great agreement and config scanner, in which the open-source community has been developed. It consists of 98 pages that span config areas, like networking, identity management (NIM), and configs that are related to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


ScoutSuite is also a great audit tool, just like Prowler but there is a main difference between these two services is that ScoutSuite is a multi-platform or cross-platform that holds up Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform.

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