[ aws . securityhub ]



Returns a list of security standards controls.

For each control, the results include information about whether it is currently enabled, the severity, and a link to remediation information.

See also: AWS API Documentation

describe-standards-controls is a paginated operation. Multiple API calls may be issued in order to retrieve the entire data set of results. You can disable pagination by providing the --no-paginate argument. When using --output text and the --query argument on a paginated response, the --query argument must extract data from the results of the following query expressions: Controls


--standards-subscription-arn <value>
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--endpoint-url <value>]
[--output <value>]
[--query <value>]
[--profile <value>]
[--region <value>]
[--version <value>]
[--color <value>]
[--ca-bundle <value>]
[--cli-read-timeout <value>]
[--cli-connect-timeout <value>]
[--cli-binary-format <value>]


--standards-subscription-arn (string)

The ARN of a resource that represents your subscription to a supported standard. To get the subscription ARNs of the standards you have enabled, use the GetEnabledStandards operation.

--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml (string) Reads arguments from the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, those values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally. This may not be specified along with --cli-input-yaml.

--starting-token (string)

A token to specify where to start paginating. This is the NextToken from a previously truncated response.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--page-size (integer)

The size of each page to get in the AWS service call. This does not affect the number of items returned in the command’s output. Setting a smaller page size results in more calls to the AWS service, retrieving fewer items in each call. This can help prevent the AWS service calls from timing out.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--max-items (integer)

The total number of items to return in the command’s output. If the total number of items available is more than the value specified, a NextToken is provided in the command’s output. To resume pagination, provide the NextToken value in the starting-token argument of a subsequent command. Do not use the NextToken response element directly outside of the AWS CLI.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. Similarly, if provided yaml-input it will print a sample input YAML that can be used with --cli-input-yaml. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command. The generated JSON skeleton is not stable between versions of the AWS CLI and there are no backwards compatibility guarantees in the JSON skeleton generated.

Global Options

--debug (boolean)

Turn on debug logging.

--endpoint-url (string)

Override command’s default URL with the given URL.

--no-verify-ssl (boolean)

By default, the AWS CLI uses SSL when communicating with AWS services. For each SSL connection, the AWS CLI will verify SSL certificates. This option overrides the default behavior of verifying SSL certificates.

--no-paginate (boolean)

Disable automatic pagination.

--output (string)

The formatting style for command output.

  • json
  • text
  • table
  • yaml
  • yaml-stream

--query (string)

A JMESPath query to use in filtering the response data.

--profile (string)

Use a specific profile from your credential file.

--region (string)

The region to use. Overrides config/env settings.

--version (string)

Display the version of this tool.

--color (string)

Turn on/off color output.

  • on
  • off
  • auto

--no-sign-request (boolean)

Do not sign requests. Credentials will not be loaded if this argument is provided.

--ca-bundle (string)

The CA certificate bundle to use when verifying SSL certificates. Overrides config/env settings.

--cli-read-timeout (int)

The maximum socket read time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket read will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-connect-timeout (int)

The maximum socket connect time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket connect will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-binary-format (string)

The formatting style to be used for binary blobs. The default format is base64. The base64 format expects binary blobs to be provided as a base64 encoded string. The raw-in-base64-out format preserves compatibility with AWS CLI V1 behavior and binary values must be passed literally. When providing contents from a file that map to a binary blob fileb:// will always be treated as binary and use the file contents directly regardless of the cli-binary-format setting. When using file:// the file contents will need to properly formatted for the configured cli-binary-format.

  • base64
  • raw-in-base64-out

--no-cli-pager (boolean)

Disable cli pager for output.

--cli-auto-prompt (boolean)

Automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.

--no-cli-auto-prompt (boolean)

Disable automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.



To use the following examples, you must have the AWS CLI installed and configured. See the Getting started guide in the AWS CLI User Guide for more information.

Unless otherwise stated, all examples have unix-like quotation rules. These examples will need to be adapted to your terminal’s quoting rules. See Using quotation marks with strings in the AWS CLI User Guide .

To request the list of controls in an enabled standard

The following describe-standards-controls example requests the list of controls in the requestor account’s subscription to the PCI DSS standard. The request returns two controls at a time.

aws securityhub describe-standards-controls \
    --standards-subscription-arn "arn:aws:securityhub:us-west-1:123456789012:subscription/pci-dss/v/3.2.1" \
    --max-results 2


    "Controls": [
            "StandardsControlArn": "arn:aws:securityhub:us-west-1:123456789012:control/pci-dss/v/3.2.1/PCI.AutoScaling.1",
            "ControlStatus": "ENABLED",
            "ControlStatusUpdatedAt": "2020-05-15T18:49:04.473000+00:00",
            "ControlId": "PCI.AutoScaling.1",
            "Title": "Auto scaling groups associated with a load balancer should use health checks",
            "Description": "This AWS control checks whether your Auto Scaling groups that are associated with a load balancer are using Elastic Load Balancing health checks.",
            "RemediationUrl": "https://docs.aws.amazon.com/console/securityhub/PCI.AutoScaling.1/remediation",
            "SeverityRating": "LOW",
            "RelatedRequirements": [
                "PCI DSS 2.2"
            "StandardsControlArn": "arn:aws:securityhub:us-west-1:123456789012:control/pci-dss/v/3.2.1/PCI.CW.1",
            "ControlStatus": "ENABLED",
            "ControlStatusUpdatedAt": "2020-05-15T18:49:04.498000+00:00",
            "ControlId": "PCI.CW.1",
            "Title": "A log metric filter and alarm should exist for usage of the \"root\" user",
            "Description": "This control checks for the CloudWatch metric filters using the following pattern { $.userIdentity.type = \"Root\" && $.userIdentity.invokedBy NOT EXISTS && $.eventType != \"AwsServiceEvent\" } It checks that the log group name is configured for use with active multi-region CloudTrail, that there is at least one Event Selector for a Trail with IncludeManagementEvents set to true and ReadWriteType set to All, and that there is at least one active subscriber to an SNS topic associated with the alarm.",
            "RemediationUrl": "https://docs.aws.amazon.com/console/securityhub/PCI.CW.1/remediation",
            "SeverityRating": "MEDIUM",
            "RelatedRequirements": [
                "PCI DSS 7.2.1"
    "NextToken": "U2FsdGVkX1+eNkPoZHVl11ip5HUYQPWSWZGmftcmJiHL8JoKEsCDuaKayiPDyLK+LiTkShveoOdvfxXCkOBaGhohIXhsIedN+LSjQV/l7kfCfJcq4PziNC1N9xe9aq2pjlLVZnznTfSImrodT5bRNHe4fELCQq/z+5ka+5Lzmc11axcwTd5lKgQyQqmUVoeriHZhyIiBgWKf7oNYdBVG8OEortVWvSkoUTt+B2ThcnC7l43kI0UNxlkZ6sc64AsW"

For more information, see Viewing details for controls in the AWS Security Hub User Guide.


Controls -> (list)

A list of security standards controls.


Details for an individual security standard control.

StandardsControlArn -> (string)

The ARN of the security standard control.

ControlStatus -> (string)

The current status of the security standard control. Indicates whether the control is enabled or disabled. Security Hub does not check against disabled controls.

DisabledReason -> (string)

The reason provided for the most recent change in status for the control.

ControlStatusUpdatedAt -> (timestamp)

The date and time that the status of the security standard control was most recently updated.

ControlId -> (string)

The identifier of the security standard control.

Title -> (string)

The title of the security standard control.

Description -> (string)

The longer description of the security standard control. Provides information about what the control is checking for.

RemediationUrl -> (string)

A link to remediation information for the control in the Security Hub user documentation.

SeverityRating -> (string)

The severity of findings generated from this security standard control.

The finding severity is based on an assessment of how easy it would be to compromise Amazon Web Services resources if the issue is detected.

RelatedRequirements -> (list)

The list of requirements that are related to this control.


NextToken -> (string)

The pagination token to use to request the next page of results.