We’re super excited to announce a major new feature for Spotlight – Click to Re-evaluate. It’s going to seriously impact how your team works on AWS, making Spotlight a key component of a continuous improvement workflow.
To use the feature head to the Rules page, open a Rule, then select “Re-evaluate”. Within minutes, the page will refresh and you can confirm all your items are passing and you’re at 100% compliance. If you’re not, you can begin to fix the problem, re-evaluating as you go to get feedback for every change you make.
You can establish a simple continuous improvement workflow from here:
- Identify a business need.
- If there is no Spotlight Rule that will help meet this need, create one.
- Make a change (either a small one, focused on one account or resource, or a major one that may fix the issue on its own).
- Re-evaluate the rule.
- If not at 100% compliance, repeat step 3.
We’ve used this feature internally to make sure changes to our infrastructure don’t impact compliance.
For a recent project, we consolidated multiple per-account CloudTrail logs into one organisational CloudTrail. During the consolidation process, we used the Click to Re-evaluate to verify no CloudTrail rules were impacted by the changes we made to our infrastructure, and that were properly configured.
If items were failing those Rules, we could make changes to our infrastructure and use Click to Re-evaluate to quickly see if those changes were impacting our security and compliance.
This feature reduces the friction involved in building for the cloud in a secure, compliant way. You no longer have to wait for Spotlight to evaluate your Rules on its schedule. You can run the checks on-demand, helping you build the right way.
We think this feature will really help you develop and maintain your AWS infrastructure, let us know your feedback!