Ensure your AWS account is configured to use alternate contact details for security communications in case you are not available. By providing an alternate contact, the security notifications (e.g. abuse reports notifications) will be sent only to the email address specified as substitute contact. Cloud Conformity strongly recommends using an internal email distribution list instead of providing just one one personal/work email address in order to avoid single point of failure.
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Once specified, the alternate contacts will enable Amazon to contact another designated person about the security issues found within your account, even if you are unavailable.
Note: Amazon does not currently provide an API for working with the account alternate contacts, therefore you need to verify and configure the feature manually using the AWS Management Console and acknowledge this action within “Security Alternate Contacts” rule settings available on Cloud Conformity console.
To determine if the alternate contact information is already set to receive security notifications, perform the following:Note: Verifying the security alternate contact details using AWS Command Line Interface (CLI)/AWS API is not currently supported, the feature details needs to be checked manually through AWS Management Console.
Remediation / Resolution
To improve your AWS account security by providing alternate contact information for security notifications, perform the following:Note: Defining security alternate contacts using AWS Command Line Interface (CLI)/AWS API is not currently supported, the required contact details need to be set manually through AWS Management Console.
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