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How to Find AWS CloudTrail with logging disabled


Sending CloudTrail logs to CloudWatch Logs will facilitate real-time and historic activity logging based on user, API, resource, and IP address, and provides opportunity to establish alarms and notifications for anomalous or sensitivity account activity.


This security check is part of the CIS Amazon Web Services Benchmarks and is rated severity low.


This guide assumes that you have already installed and configured Resoto to collect your AWS cloud resources.


  1. Execute the following search command in Resoto Shell or Resoto UI:

    > search is(aws_cloud_trail) and trail_status.is_logging==false
    ​kind=aws_cloud_trail, ..., region=resoto-poweruser
    ​kind=aws_cloud_trail, ..., account=poweruser-team
  2. Pipe the search command into the dump command:

    > search is(aws_cloud_trail) and trail_status.is_logging==false | dump
    ​ id: /aws/cloudtrail/123
    ​ name: some-name
    ​ ctime: '2022-12-05T22:53:14Z'
    ​ kind: aws_cloud_trail
    ​ age: 2mo28d

    The command output will list the details of all non-compliant aws_cloud_trail resources.

  3. Fix detected issues by following the remediation steps:

    Validate that the trails in CloudTrail has an arn set in the CloudWatchLogsLogGroupArn property.


    Please refer to the AWS CloudTrail documentation for details.

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