AWS Deployment Configuration

Alert Logic allows you to add AWS deployments to the Alert Logic console. The Deployments page appears under the Configuration tab in the Alert Logic console. To add a deployment, click the icon, and then enter the requested information to provide Alert Logic with third-party access to the specified cloud environment. For more information about adding deployments for other cloud environments, see Azure Deployment Configuration and Data Center Deployment Configuration.

Name your deployment

In the Deployment Name field, type a descriptive name for the deployment you want to create, and then click SAVE.

Choose a deployment mode

To protect your AWS deployment, you must set up an AWS IAM role and policy to allow Alert Logic access to your AWS account. Alert Logic provides AWS CloudFormation templates to automate creation of the correct policy and role for the deployment role you choose. The deployment mode you choose determines how Alert Logic deploys your scanning instances. You can also choose to employ manual setup in which you log into the AWS console and create your IAM policy and role.

Choose from automatic, guided, or manual deployment modes. Each deployment mode allows a different level of control over the creation of scanning instances and subnets.

Automatic mode

Alert Logic recommends the Automatic Mode if you want Alert Logic to deploy and maintain new VPC subnets used for scanning instances.

Guided mode

If you want to manage subnets for scanning instances, select Guided Mode. This is ideal if you cannot create additional subnets, do not allow third parties to create subnets or manage routes in your AWS account, or your network layout requires use of existing subnets.

  • Select Deploy into subnets with the following AWS tags assign: if you want to enter the tag key and value for tagged subnets which you want to deploy.
  • Select I will select subnets at a later time to allow Alert Logic to generate a remediation in the Alert Logic console to remind you to perform this task.

Manual mode

Select Manual Mode if you want to use your own policy and role, and manage subnets for scanning instances when you create an AWS deployment.

IAM policy and role setup

Alert Logic recommends you use the provided CloudFormation template for quick, convenient IAM policy and role creation.

Click CLOUDFORMATION SETUP to use the Alert Logic CloudFormation template to create the IAM role needed for deployment creation.

Create a policy and role with Alert Logic CloudFormation template

The CloudFormation template creates the appropriate IAM role that allows your deployment access to your AWS assets. To use the CloudFormation template:

  1. Click the link below to access the AWS CloudFormation Create Stack page.

    All the information required for the Alert Logic CloudFormation template to create the appropriate IAM policy and role for this deployment type is prepopulated.

    CAUTION: Do not change any preselected items on the AWS CloudFormation Create Stack page, or this procedure will not complete successfully.

  2. Select I acknowledge that AWS CloudFormation might create IAM resources.
  3. From the AWS CloudFormation Create Stack page, click Create.
  4. When the Status is CREATE_COMPLETE, click Outputs.
  5. Copy the Role ARN Value, which you will need to create your deployment.
  6. In the Alert Logic console, click CONTINUE.

Enter your Role ARN

The role you created with the CloudFormation template grants only the minimum permissions required for Alert Logic to monitor your AWS environment. To maximize permissions:

  1. Enter the ARN you copied from the AWS Create Stack page.
  2. Click the I want to configure centralized CloudTrail log collection for this deployment slide bar, and then click CONTINUE.

Asset Discovery

Please wait while Alert Logic discovers your assets. When discovery is complete, click CONTINUE. Alert Logic displays the assets discovered in your account in topology diagrams. To learn more about topology, click Topology.

Add external assets

If all your assets were not discovered, you can add external assets by domain name or IP address. To add external assets:

  1. Click the icon and choose the DNS name or IP address.
    • If you chose the DNS name, enter your domain name system in the field.
    • If you chose IP address, name your external IP address, and then enter the IP address in the field.
  2. Click SAVE.

Scope of protection

You can define the scope of your protection per VPC basis. Each VPC appears within its protected region. Click a region or individual VPC to set the scan level or leave it unprotected, and then click SAVE.


You also have the option to exclude assets or AWS tags from external scanning, internal scanning, and Network IDS.

External scanning

To exclude assets for external scanning:

  1. Select the External Scanning tab to view assets available to exclude.
  2. Click the icon for the asset you want to exclude.
  3. You can remove an asset from the exclusion list at any time. Click the icon to include the asset in external scanning.

Internal scanning

To exclude assets or AWS tags for internal scanning:

  1. Select the Internal Scanning tab to choose ASSETS or TAGS to search.
  2. Click the icon for the asset or AWS tag you want to exclude.
  3. You can remove an asset from the exclusion list at any time. Click the icon to include the asset in external scanning.

Network IDS

To exclude assets for Network IDS

  1. Select the Network IDS tab to exclude CIDRs.
  2. Enter the CIDR you want to exclude.
  3. Click the drop-down to select a protocol.
  4. Click the drop-down to select the port.
  6. You can remove an asset from the exclusion list at any time. Click the icon to include the asset in external scanning.


Alert Logic automatically performs certain scans. You can schedule when you want Alert Logic to scan for new assets and perform vulnerability scans.

Vulnerability scans

Opt to scan on certain days or hours. Select from the following options, and then specify the hours, days, or holidays.

  • Scan only during these hours.
  • Scan only on these days.
  • Do not scan on certain public holidays. (Includes the day before and the day after specified holidays)

Click the Time Zone drop down to select the time zone you want. Click SAVE, and then click NEXT.

Configuration Topology

This topology diagram provides an overview of your scope of protection. You can see which assets are unprotected, or being scanned at the Essentials, Professional, or Enterprise levels. Click a VPC in the diagram to view its subnets, instances, and hosts.

The protection breakdown displays how many assets are unprotected, excluded, and protected, along with the number of protected assets in each level.

You can search for specific assets. The protection breakdown updates as it finds specific assets.

Install agent

Alert Logic provides a single agent that collects data used for analysis, such as log messages and network traffic, metadata, and host identification information. Click the links below for more information about installing the Alert Logic agent to Install the Alert Logic agent for Linux or Install the Alert Logic agent for Windows.

Log sources

You can set up log collection. To add log sources for data you want to collect, see Configure Log Sources.