CloudGuard Controller for Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The CloudGuard ControllerClosed Provisions SDDC services as Virtual Data Centers that provide virtualized computer networking, storage, and security. integrates the Amazon Web Services (AWSClosed Amazon® Web Services. Public cloud platform that offers global compute, storage, database, application and other cloud services.) cloud with Check Point security.

Important - The CloudGuard Controller server clock must be synchronized with the current, local time. Use of a NTP server is recommended. Time synchronization issues can cause polling information from the cloud to fail.

Connecting to an Amazon Web Services Data Center Server with SmartConsole




In SmartConsoleClosed Check Point GUI application used to manage a Check Point environment - configure Security Policies, configure devices, monitor products and events, install updates, and so on., create a new Data CenterClosed Virtual centralized repository, or a group of physical networked hosts, Virtual Machines, and datastores. They are collected in a group for secured remote storage, management, and distribution of data. object in one of these ways:

  • In the top left corner, click Objects menu > More object types > Server > Data Center > New AWS.

  • In the top right corner, click Objects Pane > New > More > Server > Data Center > AWS.


In the Enter Object Name field, enter a name.


Select the applicable authentication method:


If you choose User Authentication, enter your Access key ID and Secret access key.


In the Region field, select the AWS region to which you want to connect.


Click Test Connection.


Click OK.


Publish the SmartConsole session.


Install the Access Control policy on the Security GatewayClosed Dedicated Check Point server that runs Check Point software to inspect traffic and enforce Security Policies for connected network resources. object.

Connecting to an Amazon Web Services Data Center Server with Management API

Go to Management API Reference > Click on see arguments per Data Center Server type and select AWS.

Connecting to an Amazon Web Services Data Center Server with Terraform

See checkpoint_management_aws_data_center_server.

AWS Objects and Properties

AWS Imported Objects




Amazon Virtual Private Cloud enables you to launch resources into your Virtual NetworkClosed Environment of logically connected Virtual Machines..

Availability Zone

A separate geographic area of a region.

There are multiple locations with regions and availability zones worldwide.


All the IP addresses from the Network Interfaces related to this subnet.


Virtual computing environments.


Groups all the instances that have the same Tag Key and Tag Value.

Security Group

Groups all the IP addresses and Security Groups from all objects associated with this Security Group.

Load Balancers

Load Balancer distributes incoming traffic across multiple targets such as EC2 Instances and IP addresses.

Only Application and Network Load Balancers are supported.

AWS Import Options

Use one of these options to import AWS objects to your policy:




Import AWS VPCs, Load Balancers, Subnets, or Instances from a certain region to your Security PolicyClosed Collection of rules that control network traffic and enforce organization guidelines for data protection and access to resources with packet inspection..

Security Groups

Import all IP addresses that belong to a specific Security Group.

The Security Group is used only as a container for the list of all IP addresses of Instances that are attached to this group.


Import all instances and Security Groups that have a specific Tag Key or Tag Value.


  • CloudGuard Controller saves the Tags with Key and no Value as: "Tag key="

  • CloudGuard Controller truncates leading and trailing spaces in Tag Keys and Tag Values.

  • All changes in AWS are updated automatically with the Check Point Security Policy. Users with permissions to change resource tags in AWS can change their access permissions.

AWS Object Names (Tags)

Object names are the same as those in the AWS console.

VPC, Subnet, Instance, and Security Group use these names:

Tag Name

Object Name

Tag Name exists

"<Object ID> (<Value of the Tag Name>)"

Tag Name does not exist

"<Object ID>"

Tag Name is empty

"<Object ID>"

AWS Imported Properties




Resource name as shown in the AWS console.

User can edit the name after importing the object.

Name in Server

Resource name as shown in the AWS console

Type in Server

Resource type


Associated private and public IP addresses


CIDR for subnets and VPC objects


Object path


Tags (Keys and Values) that are attached to the object

Configuring Permissions for Amazon Web Services

Minimal permissions for the User or Role






  • ec2:DescribeInstances

  • ec2:DescribeNetworkInterfaces

  • ec2:DescribeSubnets

  • ec2:DescribeVpcs

  • ec2:DescribeSecurityGroups


All ("*")

For more information about Roles and the IAM policy, see Amazon Web Services documentation.

AWS STS Assume Role

AWS's Security Token Service (STS) Assume Role allows administrators to give access to AWS resources across different AWS user accounts.

Use Case

This feature is especially helpful for CloudGuard Controller administrators who manage multiple data centers.

Instead of the need for administrators to create multiple AWS user accounts and configure access permissions to AWS resources for each account, the STS Assume Role, allows them to create the necessary permissions once for use across multiple AWS accounts. For the CloudGuard Controller, this means that it connects to a specific AWS account from a different AWS user account, which has the correct credentials configured.

For more information, see Amazon's IAM documentation or watch a short video here.

Configuring the STS Assume Role

The CloudGuard Controller AWS Data Center authentication supports STS Assume Role, in addition to user and IAM authentication.

In R81 and lower, the only options for authentication were the Access key and Secret access key or Role Authentication.

In R81.10 and higher, authentication includes the addition of the STS Assume Role checkbox, which allows these:

  • Access key and Secret access key with or without STS Assume Role.

  • Role Authentication with or without STS Assume Role.

To use the STS Assume Role in SmartConsole:

  1. Create a new AWS Data Center object.

  2. Select the authentication type (User or Role).

  3. Select the checkbox STS Assume Role.

  4. Enter the Role and ID as you configured during the creation of the STS Assume Role.

Auto Scaling in Amazon Web Services

The AWS Auto Scaling service with the Check Point Auto Scaling group can increase or decrease the number of CloudGuardGateways according to the current load.

CloudGuard Controller for AWS works with the Check Point Auto Scaling Group.

The Check PointSecurity Management ServerClosed Check Point Single-Domain Security Management Server or a Multi-Domain Security Management Server. updates Data Center objects automatically on the Check Point Auto Scaling group.