StreamAlert supports the following services as datasources:

  • Amazon S3

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Streams

  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)

These services above can accept data from:

  • Log Forwarding Agents

  • Custom Applications

  • AWS CloudTrail

  • Amazon CloudWatch Events

  • And more

To configure datasources for a cluster, read datasource configuration

Amazon S3

StreamAlert supports data analysis and alerting for logs written to Amazon S3 buckets. This is achieved via Amazon S3 Event Notifications from an event type of s3:ObjectCreated:*.

Example AWS use-cases:

  • AWS Config logs

  • S3 Server Access logs

Example non-AWS use-cases:

  • Host logs (syslog, auditd, osquery, …)

  • Network logs (Palo Alto Networks, Cisco, …)

  • Web Application logs (Apache, nginx, …)

  • SaaS logs (Box, GSuite, OneLogin, …)

Amazon Kinesis Data Streams

StreamAlert also utilizes Amazon Kinesis Data Streams for real-time data ingestion and analysis. By default, StreamAlert creates an Amazon Kinesis Data Stream per cluster.

Sending to Amazon Kinesis Data Streams

Log Forwarding Agents

Log forwarding agents that support Amazon Kinesis Data Streams:


Code can send data to an Amazon Kinesis Data Stream via:

Amazon SNS

Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a flexible, fully managed pub/sub messaging notification service for coordinating the delivery of messages to subscribing endpoints and clients.

StreamAlert can utilize SNS as an input for processing.


  • Receiving messages from other AWS services