AWS GuardDuty is Not Enabled in the Account


AWS GuardDuty is a threat detection service that continuously monitors for malicious or unauthorized behavior to help protect your AWS accounts and workloads. It uses machine learning, anomaly detection, and integrated threat intelligence to identify and prioritize potential threats. An account without GuardDuty enabled might miss out on crucial security alerts, leaving it more vulnerable to undetected malicious activities.


1. Enable GuardDuty in Your AWS Account:

AWS Management Console:
  • Navigate to the GuardDuty service in the AWS Console.
  • If you're using GuardDuty for the first time, you'll see a setup page. Click on Get started.
  • On the next page, click on Enable GuardDuty.

To enable GuardDuty via the AWS CLI:

aws guardduty create-detector --enable

This command returns a detector ID, which represents the GuardDuty service for the account.


If you're using Terraform to manage your AWS infrastructure:

resource "aws_guardduty_detector" "example" {
  enable = true

Apply the Terraform configuration to enable GuardDuty.


Always consider enabling AWS GuardDuty in your AWS account, especially for production environments or accounts holding sensitive data. GuardDuty provides continuous security monitoring, which can help in early detection of suspicious activity and potential threats. Furthermore, integrate GuardDuty findings with notification systems (like Amazon SNS) or incident response platforms to ensure timely response to threats. Regularly review and assess GuardDuty findings to stay updated on the security posture of your AWS environment. Remember that while GuardDuty provides valuable insights, it should be part of a comprehensive security strategy, including other tools and best practices.