Amazon Simple Queue Service controls - AWS Security Hub

Amazon Simple Queue Service controls

These controls are related to Amazon SQS resources.

These controls may not be available in all AWS Regions. For more information, see Availability of controls by Region.

[SQS.1] Amazon SQS queues should be encrypted at rest

Related requirements: NIST.800-53.r5 CA-9(1), NIST.800-53.r5 CM-3(6), NIST.800-53.r5 SC-13, NIST.800-53.r5 SC-28, NIST.800-53.r5 SC-28(1), NIST.800-53.r5 SC-7(10), NIST.800-53.r5 SI-7(6)

Category: Protect > Data Protection > Encryption of data-at-rest

Severity: Medium

Resource type: AWS::SQS::Queue

AWS Config rule: sqs-queue-encrypted (custom Security Hub rule)

Schedule type: Change triggered

Parameters: None

This control checks whether an Amazon SQS queue is encrypted at rest. The control fails if the queue isn't encrypted with an SQS-managed key (SSE-SQS) or an AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) key (SSE-KMS).

Encrypting data at rest reduces the risk of an unauthorized user accessing data stored on disk. Server-side encryption (SSE) protects the contents of messages in SQS queues using SQS-managed encryption keys (SSE-SQS) or AWS KMS keys (SSE-KMS).

Remediation

To configure SSE for an SQS queue, see Configuring server-side encryption (SSE) for a queue (console) in the Amazon Simple Queue Service Developer Guide.

[SQS.2] SQS queues should be tagged

Category: Identify > Inventory > Tagging

Severity: Low

Resource type: AWS::SQS::Queue

AWS Config rule: tagged-sqs-queue (custom Security Hub rule)

Schedule type: Change triggered

Parameters:

Parameter Description Type Allowed custom values Security Hub default value
requiredTagKeys List of non-system tag keys that the evaluated resource must contain. Tag keys are case sensitive. StringList List of tags that meet AWS requirements No default value

This control checks whether an Amazon SQS queue has tags with the specific keys defined in the parameter requiredTagKeys. The control fails if the queue doesn’t have any tag keys or if it doesn’t have all the keys specified in the parameter requiredTagKeys. If the parameter requiredTagKeys isn't provided, the control only checks for the existence of a tag key and fails if the queue isn't tagged with any key. System tags, which are automatically applied and begin with aws:, are ignored.

A tag is a label that you assign to an AWS resource, and it consists of a key and an optional value. You can create tags to categorize resources by purpose, owner, environment, or other criteria. Tags can help you identify, organize, search for, and filter resources. Tagging also helps you track accountable resource owners for actions and notifications. When you use tagging, you can implement attribute-based access control (ABAC) as an authorization strategy, which defines permissions based on tags. You can attach tags to IAM entities (users or roles) and to AWS resources. You can create a single ABAC policy or a separate set of policies for your IAM principals. You can design these ABAC policies to allow operations when the principal's tag matches the resource tag. For more information, see What is ABAC for AWS? in the IAM User Guide.

Note

Don’t add personally identifiable information (PII) or other confidential or sensitive information in tags. Tags are accessible to many AWS services, including AWS Billing. For more tagging best practices, see Tagging your AWS resources in the AWS General Reference.

Remediation

To add tags to an existing queue using the Amazon SQS console, see Configuring cost allocation tags for an Amazon SQS queue (console) in the Amazon Simple Queue Service Developer Guide.