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VPC flow logging is enabled in all VPCs



VPC Flow Logs is a feature that enables you to capture information about the IP traffic going to and from network interfaces in your VPC. After you’ve created a flow log, you can view and retrieve its data in Amazon CloudWatch Logs. Enable VPC Flow Logs for packet “Rejects” for VPCs.


VPC Flow Logs provide visibility into network traffic that traverses the VPC and can be used to detect unusual traffic or insight during security workflows.


See the CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark controls docs for console remediation steps.


By default, CloudWatch Logs will store Logs indefinitely unless you define a specific retention period for the log group. When choosing the number of days to retain, keep in mind that, on average, it takes an organization 210 days to detect a breach. Since additional time is required to research a breach, a minimum 365-day retention policy allows time for detection and research. You may also wish to archive the logs to a cheaper storage service rather than simply deleting them. See the following AWS resource to manage CloudWatch Logs retention periods:

  1. http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonCloudWatch/latest/DeveloperGuide/SettingLogRetention.html

Default value



  1. CCE-79202-8
  2. http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonVPC/latest/UserGuide/flow-logs.html

CIS controls

Version 7:

6.2 - Activate audit logging - Enable local logging on all systems and networking devices.

12.5 - Configure Monitoring Systems to Record Network Packets - Configure monitoring systems to record network packets passing through the boundary at each of the organization’s network boundaries.