NIST-800-53-AC-6 9

Least Privilege | Auditing Use of Privileged Functions

Cloud Checkr

All privileged user account activity and API calls to are audited by CloudTrail and monitored by CloudWatch. CloudTrail provides a log of all requests for AWS resources within the 18F AWS account. For each event recorded, 18F can see what service was accessed, what action was performed, any parameters for the action, and who made the request. Cloudtrail also shows whether it was as the AWS root account user or an IAM user, or whether it was with temporary security credentials for a role or federated user.


The ELK (elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) is used to collect, manage and display all auditing of privileged functions within the platform.

Access Control Policies for 18F

  • Privileged access to the information system is using an audit trail through the BOSH tasks command. This command shows all actions that an operator has taken with the platform. Additionally, all logging activity is forwarded to CloudWatch Logs.
  • ELK (Logstash, Elasticsearch, Kibana) is used to collect, manage and display all user activity within the platform.

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