Policy Name: Ensure monitoring is enabled to identify availability issues


This policy ensures that all AWS resources are monitored for availability issues. This helps to identify and resolve problems quickly, before they impact users.


Monitoring is essential for ensuring the availability of AWS resources. By monitoring resources, you can identify problems early and take steps to resolve them before they impact users. This can help to reduce downtime and improve the overall performance of your applications.


The impact of failing to monitor AWS resources could be significant. If a resource fails and is not monitored, it could be unavailable for users. This could lead to lost revenue, productivity, and customer satisfaction.

Default Value:

AWS recommends that you enable monitoring for all AWS resources. You can use AWS CloudWatch to monitor resources for availability issues.


  • You must have access to AWS CloudWatch.
  • You must have configured CloudWatch alarms for your AWS resources.

Remediation Steps:

If you fail to enable monitoring for AWS resources, you must take steps to remediate the situation. This may involve enabling monitoring for existing resources, or creating new CloudWatch alarms.

Test Plan:

To test the effectiveness of your monitoring, you should generate a test event that would cause an AWS resource to fail. You should then verify that CloudWatch alarms are triggered and that you are notified of the event.

Implementation Plan:

To implement this policy, you must enable monitoring for all AWS resources. You should also create CloudWatch alarms for your AWS resources. These alarms should be configured to notify you of availability issues.

AWS CLI Process:

To enable monitoring for an AWS resource using the AWS CLI, you can use the following command:

aws cloudwatch enable-metric-alarm --alarm-name my-alarm --metric-name CPUUtilization --namespace AWS/EC2 --dimensions Name=InstanceId,Value=i-xxxxxxxxxxxx

Using AWS GUI:

To enable monitoring for an AWS resource using the AWS Management Console, you can follow these steps:

  1. Go to the AWS Management Console.
  2. Click on the "CloudWatch" service.
  3. Click on the "Alarms" tab.
  4. Click on the "Create Alarm" button.
  5. Select the "Metric" tab.
  6. Select the "AWS/EC2" namespace.
  7. Select the "CPUUtilization" metric.
  8. Configure the alarm settings.
  9. Click on the "Create Alarm" button.

Backout Plan:

If you need to back out of this policy, you can disable monitoring for AWS resources. You can also delete CloudWatch alarms.


  • This policy is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to monitoring AWS resources. For more information, please refer to the AWS Monitoring Best Practices.
  • The links in the "Reference" section are for informational purposes only. They do not constitute legal advice.

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  • Tags and Keywords: monitoring, availability, AWS CloudWatch, alarms