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AWS Guardduty Pricing Calculator: Demystifying Your Cloud Security Costs

Securing your cloud environment is paramount, and AWS Guardduty stands as a stalwart sentinel, continuously monitoring for malicious activity and anomalous behavior. But before diving headfirst into this security shield, understanding its cost implications is crucial. That's where the AWS Guardduty Pricing Calculator comes in, acting as your financial crystal ball, peering into the future of your cloud security expenses.

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AWS also publish https://docs.aws.amazon.com/guardduty/latest/ug/monitoring_costs.html which is a good resource to understand the cost of GuardDuty.


The Guardduty pricing model revolves around a pay-as-you-go structure, meaning you only pay for the resources you utilize. This transparency empowers you to make informed decisions about your security posture without budgetary surprises. But what factors actually influence the cost equation? Let's break it down:


Data Analyzed: Guardduty hungrily devours data from various sources like CloudTrail logs, VPC Flow Logs, DNS logs, and EBS snapshots. The more data it chomps, the higher the bill. So, optimizing your logs and sending only relevant data to Guardduty is key to keeping your wallet happy.


Protected Workloads: Guardduty extends its watchful gaze over your workloads, safeguarding EC2 instances, ECS containers, and Lambda functions. The number of resources, so be strategic about which workloads truly require its watchful eye.


There are two main ways to estimate the cost of AWS GuardDuty:


Using the AWS Pricing Calculator: This is a free tool that allows you to enter the specific services and configurations you plan to use, and it will provide you with an estimate of your monthly costs. You can find the AWS Pricing Calculator here: https://calculator.aws/




AWS Pricing Calculator


Using the GuardDuty console: The GuardDuty console has a built-in cost estimator that can give you an idea of your monthly costs based on your current usage. To access the cost estimator, go to the GuardDuty console and click on the "Cost Management" tab.


Here are some tips for saving money on GuardDuty
Use the free trial: GuardDuty offers a free 30 day trial.
Optimize your logs: GuardDuty charges for the amount of data you analyze, so it's important to optimize your logs to reduce the amount of data that GuardDuty needs to process. You can do this by selecting which resources and regions you run GuardDuty in.
Carefully reviw Cost Explorer, to identify your current GuardDuty spend.