Ensure no root account access key exists

Security & Compliance

Having access to your root access keys gives anyone unrestricted access to all AWS services within your AWS account, including billing information. Therefore, removing these credentials from your root account user is crucial to reduce the risk of unauthorized access to your cloud resources. To ensure the security of your AWS environment and follow IAM best practices, it is recommended not to use access keys for API requests by the AWS root account user to access cloud resources or billing information. Instead, it is strongly advised to remove any existing root key pairs and use individual IAM users for accessing resources within your AWS cloud account.


To remediate the issue of having Root Account Access Keys present, you can follow these steps:

  1. Remove Root Access Keys: Delete any existing root access keys from your AWS account. You can do this by logging in to the AWS Management Console, going to the Security Credentials page, and deleting any root access keys that are present.
  2. Create IAM Users: Create individual IAM users for accessing resources within your AWS cloud account. This helps to limit the risk of unauthorized access and provides a more secure way to manage access to your AWS resources.
  3. Assign Appropriate Permissions: Assign appropriate permissions to each IAM user based on their role and responsibilities. This can be done using IAM policies, which allow you to control access to AWS resources.
  4. Enable MFA: Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all IAM users to add an additional layer of security to their accounts.
  5. Rotate IAM Keys Regularly: Rotate IAM keys regularly to ensure that they are not compromised. This can be done manually or automatically using AWS tools.

By following these steps, you can remove the root account access keys and use individual IAM users to access resources within your AWS cloud account. This helps to reduce the risk of unauthorized access, improve security, and adhere to IAM best practices.

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Note: Remediation steps provided by Lightlytics are meant to be suggestions and guidelines only. It is crucial to thoroughly verify and test any remediation steps before applying them to production environments. Each organization's infrastructure and security needs may differ, and blindly applying suggested remediation steps without proper testing could potentially cause unforeseen issues or vulnerabilities. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you validate and customize any remediation steps to meet your organization's specific requirements and ensure that they align with your security policies and best practices.