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Managing AWS with Cisco Defense Orchestrator

Using Cisco Defense Orchestrator to Manage AWS VPCs

CDO provides a simplified management interface for your Amazon Web Services (AWS) Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs). You can manage your AWS VPCs and their components in the same interface you manage your other devices.

Use CDO to perform these tasks:

These are common AWS features that CDO expects to support in the future:

  • Showing the relationship of load balancers (elastic, network, and application load-balancers) to the security group. 
  • Showing the relationship of auto-scaling groups to a security group. 

You cannot manage these aspects of security groups with CDO:  

  • Creating Security Groups.
  • Linking Security Groups to instances.
  • Assigning Security Groups to load balancers
  • VPC peering.

Onboard AWS VPCs

Start by onboarding the AWS VPC using CDO's onboarding wizard. See Onboard an AWS VPC for more information.

Note that if an AWS VPC contains tags, these tags are read into CDO when you onboard the device. CDO represents the tags as labels. Unlike security cloud objects or rules, labels are not automatically synchronized to the AWS VPC.  See Labels and Filtering for more information.

Handle AWS VPC login credentials through the CDO console. See Updating AWS Connection Credentials for more information. 

View AWS VPC Details

Once the AWS VPC has been onboarded, you can view the AWS VPC's ID, region, security groups, and the rules and objects assigned to those security groups.

Work with Security Groups 

Security groups are a collection of rules that govern inbound and outbound network traffic to all the AWS instances, and other entities, associated with the security group. When you onboard an AWS VPC to CDO, the security groups are stored in CDO as security group objects.

Using CDO you can perform these tasks:

At this time, you cannot create new security groups in a VPC.

See these topics for more information: 

Share Objects Between AWS and Other Managed Devices 

CDO supports the use of objects in rules. Objects are containers for values. For example, you could have a network object that contains the IP address of a resource and give it a meaningful name. Then you can use that object in access rules as part of the source or destination of the rule, rather than using the resource's literal IP address. You can also re-use that object in different rules. If you change the value of the object once, any rule that uses that object starts using the new value.

After onboarding an AWS VPC, CDO translates AWS concepts into security group objects, as well as network objects, and service objects found in existing security group rules. 

Network objects and service objects (sometimes referred to as port objects) can be shared between AWS VPCs and other devices you manage using CDO. Security group objects are unique to AWS. 

See Sharing Objects Between AWS and other Managed Devices for more information. 

Monitoring Changes to AWS VPCs and AWS Security Groups

Change Log 

The change log continuously captures configuration changes as they are made in CDO. This single view includes changes across all supported devices and services. These are some of the features of the change log:

  • Side-by-side comparison of changes made to device configuration
  • Plain-English labels for all change log entries.
  • Records on-boarding and removal of devices.
  • Detection of policy change conflicts occurring outside of CDO.
  • Answers who, what, and when during an incident investigation or troubleshooting.

Change Request Management 

Change request management allows you to associate a change request and its business justification, opened in a third-party ticketing system, with an event in the Change Log. Use change request management to create a change request in CDO, identify it with a unique name, enter a description of the change, and associate the change request with change log events. You can later search the Change Log for the change request name. 

Support for Common Managerial Tasks

CDO supports these common management tasks for AWS security groups:

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