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Creates a data protection policy for the specified log group. A data protection policy can help safeguard sensitive data that's ingested by the log group by auditing and masking the sensitive log data.


Sensitive data is detected and masked when it is ingested into the log group. When you set a data protection policy, log events ingested into the log group before that time are not masked.

By default, when a user views a log event that includes masked data, the sensitive data is replaced by asterisks. A user who has the logs:Unmask permission can use a GetLogEvents or FilterLogEvents operation with the unmask parameter set to true to view the unmasked log events. Users with the logs:Unmask can also view unmasked data in the CloudWatch Logs console by running a CloudWatch Logs Insights query with the unmask query command.

For more information, including a list of types of data that can be audited and masked, see Protect sensitive log data with masking .

The PutDataProtectionPolicy operation applies to only the specified log group. You can also use PutAccountPolicy to create an account-level data protection policy that applies to all log groups in the account, including both existing log groups and log groups that are created level. If a log group has its own data protection policy and the account also has an account-level data protection policy, then the two policies are cumulative. Any sensitive term specified in either policy is masked.

See also: AWS API Documentation


--log-group-identifier <value>
--policy-document <value>
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--endpoint-url <value>]
[--output <value>]
[--query <value>]
[--profile <value>]
[--region <value>]
[--version <value>]
[--color <value>]
[--ca-bundle <value>]
[--cli-read-timeout <value>]
[--cli-connect-timeout <value>]


--log-group-identifier (string)

Specify either the log group name or log group ARN.

--policy-document (string)

Specify the data protection policy, in JSON.

This policy must include two JSON blocks:

  • The first block must include both a DataIdentifer array and an Operation property with an Audit action. The DataIdentifer array lists the types of sensitive data that you want to mask. For more information about the available options, see Types of data that you can mask . The Operation property with an Audit action is required to find the sensitive data terms. This Audit action must contain a FindingsDestination object. You can optionally use that FindingsDestination object to list one or more destinations to send audit findings to. If you specify destinations such as log groups, Firehose streams, and S3 buckets, they must already exist.
  • The second block must include both a DataIdentifer array and an Operation property with an Deidentify action. The DataIdentifer array must exactly match the DataIdentifer array in the first block of the policy. The Operation property with the Deidentify action is what actually masks the data, and it must contain the "MaskConfig": {} object. The "MaskConfig": {} object must be empty.

For an example data protection policy, see the Examples section on this page.


The contents of the two DataIdentifer arrays must match exactly.

In addition to the two JSON blocks, the policyDocument can also include Name , Description , and Version fields. The Name is used as a dimension when CloudWatch Logs reports audit findings metrics to CloudWatch.

The JSON specified in policyDocument can be up to 30,720 characters.

--cli-input-json (string) Performs service operation based on the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, the CLI values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally.

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command.

Global Options

--debug (boolean)

Turn on debug logging.

--endpoint-url (string)

Override command's default URL with the given URL.

--no-verify-ssl (boolean)

By default, the AWS CLI uses SSL when communicating with AWS services. For each SSL connection, the AWS CLI will verify SSL certificates. This option overrides the default behavior of verifying SSL certificates.

--no-paginate (boolean)

Disable automatic pagination.

--output (string)

The formatting style for command output.

  • json
  • text
  • table

--query (string)

A JMESPath query to use in filtering the response data.

--profile (string)

Use a specific profile from your credential file.

--region (string)

The region to use. Overrides config/env settings.

--version (string)

Display the version of this tool.

--color (string)

Turn on/off color output.

  • on
  • off
  • auto

--no-sign-request (boolean)

Do not sign requests. Credentials will not be loaded if this argument is provided.

--ca-bundle (string)

The CA certificate bundle to use when verifying SSL certificates. Overrides config/env settings.

--cli-read-timeout (int)

The maximum socket read time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket read will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-connect-timeout (int)

The maximum socket connect time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket connect will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.


logGroupIdentifier -> (string)

The log group name or ARN that you specified in your request.

policyDocument -> (string)

The data protection policy used for this log group.

lastUpdatedTime -> (long)

The date and time that this policy was most recently updated.