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How to Find Unencrypted AWS RDS Storage Volumes

If not enabled sensitive information at rest is not protected.


This security check is part of the CIS Amazon Web Services Benchmarks and is rated severity medium.


This guide assumes that you have already installed and configured Fix Inventory to collect your AWS resources.


  1. Execute the following search command in Fix Inventory Shell:

    > search is(aws_rds_instance) and volume_encrypted==false
    ​kind=aws_rds_instance, ..., region=fixinventory-poweruser
    ​kind=aws_rds_instance, ..., account=poweruser-team
  2. Pipe the search command into the dump command:

    > search is(aws_rds_instance) and volume_encrypted==false | dump
    ​ id: /aws/rds/123
    ​ name: some-name
    ​ ctime: '2022-12-05T22:53:14Z'
    ​ kind: aws_rds_instance
    ​ age: 2mo28d

    The command output will list the details of all non-compliant aws_rds_instance resources.


  • Enable Encryption for all matching instances.

Please refer to the AWS RDS documentation for details.

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