March 27, 2023
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In November 2013, we introduced AWS CloudTrail to trace consumer exercise and API utilization. AWS CloudTrail allows auditing, safety monitoring, and operational troubleshooting. CloudTrail data consumer exercise and API calls throughout AWS companies as occasions. CloudTrail occasions assist you reply the questions of “who did what, the place, and when?”.

Not too long ago we’ve improved the flexibility so that you can simplify your auditing and safety evaluation by utilizing AWS CloudTrail Lake. CloudTrail Lake is a managed information lake for capturing, storing, accessing, and analyzing consumer and API exercise on AWS for audit, safety, and operational functions. You may mixture and immutably retailer your exercise occasions, and run SQL-based queries for search and evaluation.

We’ve heard your suggestions that aggregating exercise info from numerous functions throughout hybrid environments is advanced and dear, however vital for a complete image of your group’s safety and compliance posture.

At present we’re saying assist of ingestion for exercise occasions from non-AWS sources utilizing CloudTrail Lake, making it a single location of immutable consumer and API exercise occasions for auditing and safety investigations. Now you possibly can consolidate, immutably retailer, search, and analyze exercise occasions from AWS and non-AWS sources, akin to in-house or SaaS functions, in a single place.

Utilizing the brand new PutAuditEvents API in CloudTrail Lake, you possibly can centralize consumer exercise info from disparate sources into CloudTrail Lake, enabling you to research, troubleshoot and diagnose points utilizing this information. CloudTrail Lake data all occasions in standardized schema, making it simpler for customers to devour this info to comprehensively and rapidly reply to safety incidents or audit requests.

CloudTrail Lake can also be built-in with chosen AWS Companions, akin to Cloud Storage Safety, Clumio, CrowdStrike, CyberArk, GitHub, Kong Inc, LaunchDarkly, MontyCloud, Netskope, Nordcloud, Okta, One Identification,, Snyk, and Wiz, permitting you to simply allow audit logging by the CloudTrail console.

Getting Began to Combine Exterior Sources
You can begin to ingest exercise occasions from your individual information sources or associate functions by selecting Integrations beneath the Lake menu within the AWS CloudTrail console.

To create a brand new integration, select Add integration and enter your channel identify. You may select the associate software supply from which you wish to get occasions. If you happen to’re integrating with occasions from your individual functions hosted on-premises or within the cloud, select My customized integration.

For Occasion supply location, you possibly can select locations in your occasions from this integration. This enables your software or companions to ship occasions to your occasion information retailer of CloudTrail Lake. An occasion information retailer can retain your exercise occasions for per week to as much as seven years. Then you possibly can run queries on the occasion information retailer.

Select both Use current occasion information shops or Create new occasion information retailer—to obtain occasions from integrations. To be taught extra about occasion information retailer, see Create an occasion information retailer within the AWS documentation.

You may as well arrange the permissions coverage for the channel useful resource created with this integration. The data required for the coverage depends on the combination kind of every associate functions.

There are two sorts of integrations: direct and answer. With direct integrations, the associate calls the PutAuditEvents API to ship occasions to the occasion information retailer in your AWS account. On this case, you might want to present Exterior ID, the distinctive account identifier offered by the associate. You may see a hyperlink to associate web site for the step-by-step information. With answer integrations, the appliance runs in your AWS account and the appliance calls the PutAuditEvents API to ship occasions to the occasion information retailer in your AWS account.

To search out the Integration kind in your associate, select the Obtainable sources tab from the integrations web page.

After creating an integration, you will have to supply this Channel ARN to the supply or associate software. Till these steps are completed, the standing will stay as incomplete. As soon as CloudTrail Lake begins receiving occasions for the built-in associate or software, the standing area shall be up to date to replicate the present state.

To ingest your software’s exercise occasions into your integration, name the PutAuditEvents API so as to add the payload of occasions. Ensure that there isn’t a delicate or personally figuring out info within the occasion payload earlier than ingesting it into CloudTrail Lake.

You may make a JSON array of occasion objects, which features a required user-generated ID from the occasion, the required payload of the occasion as the worth of EventData, and an optionally available checksum to assist validate the integrity of the occasion after ingestion into CloudTrail Lake.

  "AuditEvents": [
      "Id": "event_ID",
      "EventData": "event_payload", "EventDataChecksum": "optional_checksum",
   ... ]

The next instance reveals the way to use the put-audit-events AWS CLI command.

$ aws cloudtrail-data put-audit-events 
--channel-arn $ChannelArn 
--external-id $UniqueExternalIDFromPartner 

  "Id": "87f22433-0f1f-4a85-9664-d50a3545baef",
  "EventData":""eventVersion":.01","eventSource":"MyCustomLog2", ...",

  "Id": "7e5966e7-a999-486d-b241-b33a1671aa74",
  "EventData":""eventVersion":.02","eventSource":"MyCustomLog1", ...",

On the Editor tab within the CloudTrail Lake, write your individual queries for a brand new built-in occasion information retailer to test delivered occasions.

You may make your individual integration question, like getting all principals throughout AWS and exterior sources which have made API calls after a specific date:

SELECT userIdentity.principalId FROM $AWS_EVENT_DATA_STORE_ID 
WHERE eventTime > '2022-09-24 00:00:00'
SELECT eventData.userIdentity.principalId FROM $PARTNER_EVENT_DATA_STORE_ID
WHRERE eventData.eventTime > '2022-09-24 00:00:00'

To be taught extra, see CloudTrail Lake occasion schema and pattern queries that will help you get began.

Launch Companions
You may see the record of our launch companions to assist a CloudTrail Lake integration possibility within the Obtainable sources tab. Listed below are weblog posts and bulletins from our companions who collaborated on this launch (some shall be added within the subsequent few days).

Now Obtainable
AWS CloudTrail Lake now helps ingesting exercise occasions from exterior sources in all AWS Areas the place CloudTrail Lake is on the market right now. To be taught extra, see the AWS documentation and every associate’s getting began guides.

If you’re fascinated by changing into an AWS CloudTrail Accomplice, you possibly can contact your normal associate contacts.