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Access keys consist of an access key ID and secret access key, which are used to sign programmatic requests that you make to AWS. AWS users need their own access keys to make programmatic calls to AWS from the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), Tools for Windows PowerShell, the AWS SDKs, or direct HTTP calls using the APIs for individual AWS services. It is recommended that all access keys be regularly rotated. 


Rotating access keys will reduce the window of opportunity for an access key that is associated with a compromised or terminated account to be used.

Access keys should be rotated to ensure that data cannot be accessed with an old key which might have been lost, cracked, or stolen.


Perform the following to determine if unused credentials exist: 

Download Credential Report: 

Using Management Console: 

1. Login to the AWS Management Console 

2. Click Services 

3. Click IAM 

4. Click on Credential Report 

5. This will download an .xls file which contains Access Key usage for all IAM users within an AWS Account - open this file 6. Focus on the following columns (where x = 1 or 2)



7. Ensure all active keys have been rotated within 90 days 


Perform the following to remove or deactivate credentials: 

1. Login to the AWS Management Console: 

2. Click Services 

3. Click IAM 

4. Click on Users 

5. Click on Security Credentials 

6. As an Administrator, Click on Make Inactive for keys that have not been rotated in 90 Days

7. As an IAM User, Click on Make Inactive or Delete for keys which have not been rotated or used in 90 Days.

8. Click on `` Create Access Key

9. Update programmatic call with new Access Key credentials.


1. CCE-78902-4

CIS Controls:

16.9 Disable Dormant Accounts 

Automatically disable dormant accounts after a set period of inactivity.