AWS WAF, AWS Firewall Manager, and AWS Shield Advanced
Developer Guide (API Version 2015-08-24)

Adding AWS Shield Advanced Protection to More AWS Resources

As part of enabling Shield Advanced for an account, you choose initial resources to protect. You might want to add protection to more resources. Shield Advanced offers advanced monitoring and protection for Elastic IP addresses, Amazon CloudFront distributions, Amazon Route 53 hosted zones, Elastic Load Balancing load balancers, and Global Accelerator accelerators. You can monitor and protect up to 1,000 resources for each of these resource types per AWS account. For example, you could protect 1,000 IP addresses, 1,000 distributions, and 1,000 load balancers in a single account. If you want to increase these limits, contact the AWS Support Center.

If you are using an AWS Firewall Manager Shield Advanced policy, you don't need to add resources using the procedure in this section. If the resource is within the Firewall Manager policy scope, that is, the resource is of the correct type and has the correct tags as defined by the policy, Firewall Manager automatically includes it within its protection.


Before you perform the following procedure, you must complete the procedure in Step 1: Activate AWS Shield Advanced.

To add protection for an AWS resource

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at

  2. Choose Protected resources.

  3. Choose Add protected resources.

  4. Choose or enter the resource types and resources to protect. For Classic Load Balancer and Application Load Balancer resources, you also must choose a Region.

    You can choose from the provided list or enter the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of specific resources to protect. You can choose or enter any combination of resource types and resources.

    Shield Advanced lists a maximum of 100 resources at one time. If you have more than 100 resources, choose Next to see the next set.

    If you want to protect an Amazon EC2 instance, you must first associate an Elastic IP address with the instance, and then choose the Elastic IP address as the resource to protect.


    Shield Advanced does not support EC2-Classic.

  5. Choose Protect selected resources.

  6. Add a web ACL and rate-based rule as described in the Getting Started section in Step 3: Add Rate-based Rules. However, if you use Shield Advanced within an AWS Firewall Manager Shield Advanced policy, you can't add a rate-based rule.

  7. Configure a CloudWatch alarm as described in the Getting Started section in Step 5: Configure Amazon CloudWatch Alarms.


If you choose an Elastic IP address as the resource to protect, Shield Advanced protects whatever resource is associated with that Elastic IP address, either an Amazon EC2 instance or an Elastic Load Balancing load balancer. Shield Advanced automatically identifies the type of resource associated with the Elastic IP address and applies the appropriate mitigations for that resource, including configuring network ACLs specific to that Elastic IP address. For more information about using Elastic IP addresses with your AWS resources, see the appropriate guide: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Documentation or Elastic Load Balancing Documentation. Shield Advanced does not support EC2-Classic.