Ensure the root user account does not have access keys provisioned

AWS root user has full rights over everything within your account. Best practice is to follow an access plan for least privilege access. For this reason it is considered a security best practice to ensure the account is not used and monitor its usage. Ensuring that the root account is not used will help you with CIS and NIST Compliance.

Audit & Remediation

  • Login into your AWS account.
  • Navigate to the IAM service at: https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam
  • On the left hand panel, navigate to Access reports, the select Credential report.
  • Select the button Download Report.
  • Open up the excel spreadsheet that was downloaded and look for access_key_1_active or access_key_2_active set to TRUE.



  • Delete the access keys associated with the root account.
  • Repeat the outlined steps in each of your accounts.
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