Security best practices for Amazon Location Service - Amazon Location Service

Security best practices for Amazon Location Service

Amazon Location Service provides a number of security features to consider as you develop and implement your own security policies. The following best practices are general guidelines and don’t represent a complete security solution. Because these best practices might not be appropriate or sufficient for your environment, treat them as helpful considerations rather than prescriptions.

Detective security best practices for Amazon Location Service

The following best practices for Amazon Location Service can help detect security incidents:

Implement AWS monitoring tools

Monitoring is critical to incident response and maintains the reliability and security of Amazon Location Service resources and your solutions. You can implement monitoring tools from the several tools and services available through AWS to monitor your resources and your other AWS services.

For example, Amazon CloudWatch allows you to monitor metrics for Amazon Location Service and enables you to setup alarms to notify you if a metric meets certain conditions you've set and has reached a threshold you've defined. When you create an alarm, you can set CloudWatch to sent a notification to alert using Amazon Simple Notification Service. For more information, see Logging and Monitoring in Amazon Location Service.

Enable AWS logging tools

Logging provides a record of actions taken by a user, role or an AWS service in Amazon Location Service. You can implement logging tools such as AWS CloudTrail to collect data on actions to detect unusual API activity.

When you create a trail, you can configure CloudTrail to log events. Events are records of resource operations performed on or within a resource such as the request made to Amazon Location, the IP address from which the request was made, who made the request, when the request was made, along with additional data. For more information, see Logging Data Events for Trails in the AWS CloudTrail User Guide.

Preventive security best practices for Amazon Location Service

The following best practices for Amazon Location Service can help prevent security incidents:

Use secure connections

Always use encrypted connections, such as those that begin with https:// to keep sensitive information secure in transit.

Implement least privilege access to resources

When you create custom policies to Amazon Location resources, grant only the permissions required to perform a task. It's recommended to start with a minimum set of permissions and grant additional permissions as needed. Implementing least privilege access is essential to reducing the risk and impact that could result from errors or malicious attacks. For more information, see Identity and Access Management for Amazon Location Service.