Amazon Macie
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Monitoring Amazon Macie Alerts with Amazon CloudWatch Events

Amazon Macie sends notifications based on CloudWatch Events when any change in the Macie alerts takes place. This includes newly generated alerts and updates to existing alerts. Notifications are sent for all Macie alert types, including predictive alerts and basic alerts, both managed and custom. For more information about alert types, see Amazon Macie Alerts.

Macie sends notifications based on CloudWatch Events for the alerts generated in both master and member Macie accounts. However, only the master Macie account has access to the generated events in CloudWatch Events. For more information about master and member accounts, see Concepts and Terminology.

The event for Macie in CloudWatch Events has the following format.


In the following example format, the fictional account ID of "111122223333" represents the ID of the master Macie account.

{ "version": "0", "id": "CWE-event-id", "detail-type": "Macie Alert", "source": "aws.macie", "account": "111122223333", "time": "2017-04-24T22:28:49Z", "region": "us-east-1", "resources": [ "arn:aws:macie:us-east-1:111122223333:trigger/trigger_id/alert/alert_id", "arn:aws:macie:us-east-1:111122223333:trigger/trigger_id" ], "detail": { "notification-type": "ALERT_CREATED", "name": "Scanning bucket policies", "tags": [ "Custom_Alert", "Insider" ], "url": "", "alert-arn": "arn:aws:macie:us-east-1:111122223333:trigger/trigger_id/alert/alert_id", "risk-score": 8, "trigger": { "rule-arn": "arn:aws:macie:us-east-1:111122223333:trigger/trigger_id", "alert-type": "basic", "created-at": "2017-01-02 19:54:00.644000", "description": "Alerting on failed enumeration of large number of bucket policies", "risk": 8 }, "created-at": "2017-04-18T00:21:12.059000", "actor": "555566667777:assumed-role:superawesome:aroaidpldc7nsesfnheji", "summary": {ALERT_DETAILS_JSON} } }

Complete the following procedure to configure your master Macie account to receive events in CloudWatch Events from Macie and pipe those events into an Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) queue. Before completing this procedure, make sure to create the Amazon SQS queue for the events from Macie. For more information, see Tutorial: Creating an Amazon SQS Queue.

  1. Open the Amazon CloudWatch console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Events and then choose Create rule.

  3. Choose Edit and enter the following event pattern for the Macie events.

    { "source": [ "aws.macie" ] }
  4. In the Targets pane, choose Add target, select SQS queue in the target dropdown, and specify your queue for the events from Macie.

You should now be able to see Macie alerts in your specified queue in the Amazon SQS console.