Configure AWS WAF

Using AWS CloudFormation, we are going to deploy a basic example AWS WAF configuration for use with CloudFront.

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console, select your preferred region, and open the CloudFormation console at Note if your CloudFormation console does not look the same, you can enable the redesigned console by clicking New Console in the CloudFormation menu.
  2. Click Create stack.


  1. Enter the following Amazon S3 URL: and click Next.


  1. Enter the following details:
  • Stack name: The name of this stack. For this lab, use waf.
  • WAFName: Enter the base name to be used for resource and export names for this stack. For this lab, you can use Lab1.
  • WAFCloudWatchPrefix: Enter the name of the CloudWatch prefix to use for each rule using alphanumeric characters only. For this lab, you can use Lab1. The remainder of the parameters can be left as defaults.


  1. At the bottom of the page click Next.
  2. In this lab, we won’t add any tags or other options. Click Next. Tags, which are key-value pairs, can help you identify your stacks. For more information, see Adding Tags to Your AWS CloudFormation Stack.
  3. Review the information for the stack. When you’re satisfied with the configuration, click Create stack.
  4. After a few minutes the stack status should change from CREATE_IN_PROGRESS to CREATE_COMPLETE.
  5. You have now set up a basic AWS WAF configuration ready for CloudFront to use!