Ensure your RDS instances have IAM authentication enabled where possible

Ensure that your RDS database instances that support IAM authentication have this enabled. Having this enabled allows for killing access to your databases in one location vs having to manually make this change on each database. For this reason it is considered a security best practice and should always be done. Ensuring this is enabled will help with NIST compliance.

Audit & Remediation



  • Select the DB Identifier hyperlink for the database instance you would like to check.
  • Under Configuration check if the IAM db authentication under Availability is set to Not Enabled.



  • At top right corner of this page select the Modify button.
  • Under Database authentication select Password and IAM database authentication.



  • Repeat the outlined steps for each RDS instances that you have that support this feature.
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