Ensure that IAM user does not have directly embedded policy

If a policy is directly embedded into a user, it becomes a security management overhead. Attach a policy to a role or a user group instead.

Risk Level: Low
Cloud Entity: IAM User
CloudGuard Rule ID: D9.CFT.IAM.19
Covered by Spectral: Yes
Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance


AWS_IAM_User should not have Policies


From CFT
Remove AWS::IAM::User Policies property. Attach the policy to a role or a user group instead.


  1. https://docs.aws.amazon.com/IAM/latest/UserGuide/access_policies_manage-attach-detach.html
  2. https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/aws-properties-iam-user.html

IAM User

An IAM user is an entity that you create in AWS to represent the person or service that uses it to interact with AWS. A user in AWS consists of a name and credentials.

Compliance Frameworks

  • AWS CloudFormation ruleset