Amazon Macie
User Guide

What Is Amazon Macie?

Amazon Macie is a security service that uses machine learning to automatically discover, classify, and protect sensitive data in AWS. Macie recognizes sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII) or intellectual property. It provides you with dashboards and alerts that give visibility into how this data is being accessed or moved.


Currently, Macie is supported in the following Regions:

  • US East (N. Virginia)

  • US West (Oregon)

Features of Amazon Macie

Data Discovery and Classification

Amazon Macie enables you to identify business-critical data and analyze access patterns and user behavior as follows:

  • Continuously monitor new data in your AWS environment

  • Use artificial intelligence to understand access patterns of historical data

  • Automatically access user activity, applications, and service accounts

  • Use natural language processing (NLP) methods to understand data

  • Intelligently and accurately assign business value to data and prioritize business-critical data based on your unique organization

  • Create your own security alerts and custom policy definitions

Data Security

Amazon Macie enables you to be proactive with security compliance and achieve preventive security as follows:

  • Identify and protect various data types, including PII, PHI, regulatory documents, API keys, and secret keys

  • Verify compliance with automated logs that allow for instant auditing

  • Identify changes to policies and access control lists

  • Observe changes in user behavior and receive actionable alerts

  • Receive notifications when data and account credentials leave protected zones

  • Detect when large quantities of business-critical documents are shared internally and externally

Pricing for Macie

Pricing in Macie is based on the content sources classified or processed. For detailed information about Macie pricing, see Amazon Macie Pricing.

Accessing Macie

You can work with Macie in any of the following ways:

Macie console

Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Macie console at

The console is a browser-based interface to access and use Macie.