CloudWatch log metric filter and alarm for IAM policy changes should be configured


A CloudWatch metric filter and alarm should be established for changes made to Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies. Monitoring changes to IAM policies helps ensure authentication and authorization controls remain intact.

Console Remediation Steps

This is a two part process. First, you create the Metric Filter. Next, you create a CloudWatch alarm. See Creating CloudWatch Alarms for CloudTrail Events: Examples for more information.

  • Step 1: To create the Metric Filter:

    • Navigate to CloudWatch.

    • In the left navigation, click Log Groups and select the desired log group.

    • Select Metric filters > Create Metric Filter.

    • In Filter pattern, enter the following: {($.eventName=DeleteGroupPolicy)||($.eventName=DeleteRolePolicy)||($.eventName=DeleteUserPolicy)||($.eventName=PutGroupPolicy)||($.eventName=PutRolePolicy)||($.eventName=PutUserPolicy)||($.eventName=CreatePolicy)||($.eventName=DeletePolicy)||($.eventName=CreatePolicyVersion)||($.eventName=DeletePolicyVersion)||($.eventName=AttachRolePolicy)||($.eventName=DetachRolePolicy)||($.eventName=AttachUserPolicy)||($.eventName=DetachUserPolicy)||($.eventName=AttachGroupPolicy)||($.eventName=DetachGroupPolicy)}

    • Click Next.

    • For Filter name, type IAMPolicyChanges.

    • For Metric namespace, type CloudTrailMetrics.

    • For Metric name, type IAMPolicyChangesEventCount.

    • For Metric value, type 1.

    • Click Next > Create metric filter.

  • Step 2: To create an Alarm:

    • Check the newly created metric filter and click Create alarm.

    • Select the Threshold type.

    • Define the alarm condition and threshold value.

    • Click Next.

    • In Alarm state trigger, select In alarm.

    • Select an existing SNS topic, create new topic, or use topic ARN.

      • If you selected to create a new topic, enter a name in Create a new topic.

      • Enter an email address in Email endpoints that will receive the notification.

      • Click Create topic.

    • Click Next.

    • Enter an Alarm name.

    • Optionally, enter an alarm description.

    • Click Next > Create alarm.

CLI Remediation Steps