Tutorial: Create an event data store for management events - Amazon CloudTrail
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Tutorial: Create an event data store for management events

You can create an event data store to log CloudTrail events (management events, data events), CloudTrail Insights events, Amazon Audit Manager evidence, Amazon Config configuration items, or non-Amazon events.

This tutorial shows you how to create an event data store that logs all management events in all Amazon Regions, and does not log any data events. Examples of management events include security events such as IAM CreateUser and AttachRolePolicy events, resource events such as RunInstances and CreateBucket, and many more.

CloudTrail Lake event data stores incur charges. When you create an event data store, you choose the pricing option you want to use for the event data store. The pricing option determines the cost for ingesting and storing events, and the default and maximum retention period for the event data store. For information about CloudTrail pricing and managing Lake costs, see Amazon CloudTrail Pricing and Managing CloudTrail Lake costs.

To create an event data store for management events
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console and open the CloudTrail console at https://console.amazonaws.cn/cloudtrail/.

  2. From the navigation pane, under Lake, choose Event data stores.

  3. Choose Create event data store.

  4. On the Configure event data store page, in General details, give your event data store a name, such as my-management-events-eds. As a best practice, use a name that quickly identifies the purpose of the event data store. For information about CloudTrail naming requirements, see Naming requirements.

  5. Choose the Pricing option that you want to use for your event data store. The pricing option determines the cost for ingesting and storing events, and the default and maximum retention periods for your event data store. For more information, see Amazon CloudTrail Pricing and Managing CloudTrail Lake costs.

    The following are the available options:

    • One-year extendable retention pricing - Generally recommended if you expect to ingest less than 25 TB of event data per month and want a flexible retention period of up to 10 years. For the first 366 days (the default retention period), storage is included at no additional charge with ingestion pricing. After 366 days, extended retention is available at pay-as-you-go pricing. This is the default option.

      • Default retention period: 366 days

      • Maximum retention period: 3,653 days

    • Seven-year retention pricing - Recommended if you expect to ingest more than 25 TB of event data per month and need a retention period of up to 7 years. Retention is included with ingestion pricing at no additional charge.

      • Default retention period: 2,557 days

      • Maximum retention period: 2,557 days

  6. Specify a retention period for the event data store. Retention periods can be between 7 days and 3,653 days (about 10 years) for the One-year extendable retention pricing option, or between 7 days and 2,557 days (about seven years) for the Seven-year retention pricing option.

    CloudTrail Lake determines whether to retain an event by checking if the eventTime of the event is within the specified retention period. For example, if you specify a retention period of 90 days, CloudTrail will remove events when their eventTime is older than 90 days.

  7. (Optional) In Encryption. choose whether you want to encrypt the event data store using your own KMS key. By default, all events in an event data store are encrypted by CloudTrail using a KMS key that Amazon owns and manages for you.

    To enable encryption using your own KMS key, choose Use my own Amazon KMS key. Choose New to have an Amazon KMS key created for you, or choose Existing to use an existing KMS key. In Enter KMS alias, specify an alias, in the format alias/MyAliasName. Using your own KMS key requires that you edit your KMS key policy to allow CloudTrail logs to be encrypted and decrypted. For more information, see Configure Amazon KMS key policies for CloudTrail. CloudTrail also supports Amazon KMS multi-Region keys. For more information about multi-Region keys, see Using multi-Region keys in the Amazon Key Management Service Developer Guide.

    Using your own KMS key incurs Amazon KMS costs for encryption and decryption. After you associate an event data store with a KMS key, the KMS key cannot be removed or changed.

    Note

    To enable Amazon Key Management Service encryption for an organization event data store, you must use an existing KMS key for the management account.

  8. (Optional) If you want to query against your event data using Amazon Athena, choose Enable in Lake query federation. Federation lets you view the metadata associated with the event data store in the Amazon Glue Data Catalog and run SQL queries against the event data in Athena. The table metadata stored in the Amazon Glue Data Catalog lets the Athena query engine know how to find, read, and process the data that you want to query. For more information, see Federate an event data store.

    To enable Lake query federation, choose Enable and then do the following:

    1. Choose whether you want to create a new role or use an existing IAM role. Amazon Lake Formation uses this role to manage permissions for the federated event data store. When you create a new role using the CloudTrail console, CloudTrail automatically creates a role with the required permissions. If you choose an existing role, be sure the policy for the role provides the required minimum permissions.

    2. If you are creating a new role, enter a name to identify the role.

    3. If you are using an existing role, choose the role you want to use. The role must exist in your account.

  9. (Optional) In Tags, add one or more custom tags (key-value pairs) to your event data store. Tags can help you identify your CloudTrail event data stores. For example, you could attach a tag with the name stage and the value prod. You can use tags to limit access to your event data store. You can also use tags to track the query and ingestion costs for your event data store.

    For information about how to use tags to track costs, see Creating user-defined cost allocation tags for CloudTrail Lake event data stores. For information about how to use IAM policies to authorize access to an event data store based on tags, see Examples: Denying access to create or delete event data stores based on tags. For information about how you can use tags in Amazon, see Tagging Amazon resources in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

  10. Choose Next to configure the event data store.

  11. On the Choose events page, leave the default selections for Event type.

  12. For CloudTrail events, leave the default selections. By default, CloudTrail event data stores collect management events and don't collect data events. For more information about management events, see Logging management events. For more information about data events, see Logging data events.

  13. Leave the default setting for Copy trail events. You'd use this option to copy existing trail events to your event data store. For more information, see Copy trail events to an event data store.

  14. Leave the default setting for Enable for all accounts in my organization. This option won't be available to change unless you have accounts configured in Amazon Organizations.

  15. For Additional settings leave the default selections. By default, an event data store collects events for all Amazon Web Services Regions and starts ingesting events when it's created.

  16. For Management events, choose to collect both Read and Write events. Leave the check boxes for Exclude Amazon KMS events and Exclude Amazon RDS Data API events empty, to collect all management events. Leave the check box for Enable Insights events empty.

  17. Choose Next to review your choices.

  18. On the Review and create page, review your choices. Choose Edit to make changes to a section. When you're ready to create the event data store, choose Create event data store.

  19. The new event data store is visible in the Event data stores table on the Event data stores page.

    From this point forward, the event data store captures events that match its advanced event selectors. Events that occurred before you created the event data store are not in the event data store, unless you opted to copy existing trail events.

You are now ready to run queries on your event data store. For information about how to view and run sample queries, see Tutorial: View and run sample queries.