Monitoring threats with Amazon GuardDuty RDS Protection - Amazon Aurora
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Monitoring threats with Amazon GuardDuty RDS Protection

Amazon GuardDuty is a threat detection service that helps protect your accounts, containers, workloads, and the data within your Amazon environment. Using machine learning (ML) models, and anomaly and threat detection capabilities, GuardDuty continuously monitors different log sources and runtime activity to identify and prioritize potential security risks and malicious activities in your environment.

GuardDuty RDS Protection analyzes and profiles login events for potential access threats to your Amazon Aurora databases. When you turn on RDS Protection, GuardDuty consumes RDS login events from your Aurora databases. RDS Protection monitors these events and profiles them for potential insider threats or external actors.

For more information about enabling GuardDuty RDS Protection, see GuardDuty RDS Protection in the Amazon GuardDuty User Guide.

When RDS Protection detects a potential threat, such as an unusual pattern in successful or failed login attempts, GuardDuty generates a new finding with details about the potentially compromised database. You can view the finding details in the finding summary section in the Amazon GuardDuty console. The finding details vary based on the finding type. The primary details, resource type and resource role, determine the kind of information available for any finding. For more information about the commonly available details for findings and the finding types, see Finding details and GuardDuty RDS Protection finding types respectively in the Amazon GuardDuty User Guide.

You can turn the RDS Protection feature on or off for any Amazon Web Services account in any Amazon Web Services Region where this feature is available. When RDS Protection isn't enabled, GuardDuty doesn't detect potentially compromised Aurora databases or provide details of the compromise.

An existing GuardDuty account can enable RDS Protection with a 30-day trial period. For a new GuardDuty account, RDS Protection is already enabled and included in the 30-day free trial period. For more information, see Estimating GuardDuty cost in the Amazon GuardDuty User Guide.

For information about the Amazon Web Services Regions where GuardDuty doesn't yet support RDS Protection, see Region-specific feature availability in the Amazon GuardDuty User Guide.

The following table provides the Aurora database versions that GuardDuty RDS Protection supports:

Amazon Aurora DB engine Supported engine versions
Aurora MySQL
  • 2.10.2 or later

  • 3.02.1 or later

Aurora PostgreSQL
  • 10.17 or later

  • 11.12 or later

  • 12.7 or later

  • 13.3 or later

  • 14.3 or later

  • 15.2 or later

  • 16.1 or later