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[ aws . shield ]



Provides details about the AWS Shield Advanced subscription for an account.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--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.

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


To retrieve the details of the AWS Shield Advanced protection for the account

The following describe-subscription example displays details about the Shield Advanced protection provided for the account.:

aws shield describe-subscription


    "Subscription": {
        "StartTime": 1534368978.0,
        "EndTime": 1597613778.0,
        "TimeCommitmentInSeconds": 63244800,
        "AutoRenew": "ENABLED",
        "Limits": [
                "Type": "GLOBAL_ACCELERATOR",
                "Max": 1000
                "Type": "ROUTE53_HOSTED_ZONE",
                "Max": 1000
                "Type": "CF_DISTRIBUTION",
                "Max": 1000
                "Type": "ELB_LOAD_BALANCER",
                "Max": 1000
                "Type": "EC2_ELASTIC_IP_ALLOCATION",
                "Max": 1000

For more information, see How AWS Shield Works in the AWS Shield Advanced Developer Guide.


Subscription -> (structure)

The AWS Shield Advanced subscription details for an account.

StartTime -> (timestamp)

The start time of the subscription, in Unix time in seconds. For more information see timestamp .

EndTime -> (timestamp)

The date and time your subscription will end.

TimeCommitmentInSeconds -> (long)

The length, in seconds, of the AWS Shield Advanced subscription for the account.

AutoRenew -> (string)

If ENABLED , the subscription will be automatically renewed at the end of the existing subscription period.

When you initally create a subscription, AutoRenew is set to ENABLED . You can change this by submitting an UpdateSubscription request. If the UpdateSubscription request does not included a value for AutoRenew , the existing value for AutoRenew remains unchanged.

Limits -> (list)

Specifies how many protections of a given type you can create.


Specifies how many protections of a given type you can create.

Type -> (string)

The type of protection.

Max -> (long)

The maximum number of protections that can be created for the specified Type .

ProactiveEngagementStatus -> (string)

If ENABLED , the DDoS Response Team (DRT) will use email and phone to notify contacts about escalations to the DRT and to initiate proactive customer support.

If PENDING , you have requested proactive engagement and the request is pending. The status changes to ENABLED when your request is fully processed.

If DISABLED , the DRT will not proactively notify contacts about escalations or to initiate proactive customer support.