Ensure that your Amazon EFS file systems are encrypted

Enable encryption of your EFS file systems in order to protect your data and metadata from breaches or unauthorized access and fulfill compliance requirements for data-at-rest encryption within your organization.

Risk Level: High
Cloud Entity: Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)
CloudGuard Rule ID: D9.AWS.CRY.22
Category: Storage


EFS should have encrypted=true


From Portal
You can enable encryption of data at rest when creating an Amazon EFS file system. Following are the steps to encrypt a File System at Rest Using the AWS Console.

  1. Open the Amazon Elastic File System console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/efs/.
  2. Choose 'Create file system' to open the file system creation wizard.
  3. Check 'Enable encryption of data at rest' checkbox.
  4. Click on 'Customize encryption settings' and choose the KMS Key from dropdown list to enable encryption using your own KMS CMK key.

Note: There is no functionality that allows you to encrypt existing EFS if the encryption wasn't enabled during the creation of Amazon EFS process. In order to encrypt an existing Amazon EFS, you need to create a new Amazon EFS and copy all the data from the existing Amazon EFS onto the new one with encryption enabled.

From TF

resource "aws_efs_file_system" "example"{
	creation_token = "default-efs"
	+ encrypted = true
	+ kms_key_id = aws_kms_key.default-kms.arn

From Command Line

aws efs create-file-system --creation-token VALUE --performance-mode VALUE --encrypted --kms-key-id KEY_ID


  1. https://docs.aws.amazon.com/efs/latest/ug/encryption-at-rest.html
  2. https://registry.terraform.io/providers/hashicorp/aws/latest/docs/resources/efs_file_system
  3. https://docs.aws.amazon.com/whitepapers/latest/efs-encrypted-file-systems/creating-an-encrypted-file-system-using-the-aws-cli.html
  4. https://docs.aws.amazon.com/cli/latest/reference/efs/create-file-system.html

Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) provides simple, scalable, elastic file storage for use with AWS Cloud services and on-premises resources. It is easy to use and offers a simple interface that allows you to create and configure file systems quickly and easily. Amazon EFS is built to elastically scale on demand without disrupting applications, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files, so your applications have the storage they need, when they need it.

Compliance Frameworks

  • AWS CIS Foundations v. 1.5.0
  • AWS CSA CCM v.3.0.1
  • AWS CloudGuard Best Practices
  • AWS CloudGuard CheckUp
  • AWS CloudGuard SOC2 based on AICPA TSC 2017
  • AWS CloudGuard Well Architected Framework
  • AWS GDPR Readiness
  • AWS HITRUST v11.0.0
  • AWS ISO 27001:2013
  • AWS ITSG-33
  • AWS LGPD regulation
  • AWS MAS TRM Framework
  • AWS MITRE ATT&CK Framework v10
  • AWS MITRE ATT&CK Framework v11.3
  • AWS NIST 800-171
  • AWS NIST 800-53 Rev 4
  • AWS NIST 800-53 Rev 5
  • AWS NIST CSF v1.1
  • AWS PCI-DSS 3.2
  • AWS PCI-DSS 4.0