Identity and Access Management (IAM) Course

In this course, we discuss the design of secure access and applications through identity and access management.

1 hour, 43 minutes

Course description

Secure access and data control is imperative, and this course discusses how to incorporate identity and access management in AWS. It begins with basic principles, then covers various methods of authentication, authorization, MFA techniques, permissions and the shared responsibility model of data security control.


Federated directory services

Video - 00:09:00

Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) allows you to pass-through the authentication of a local AD logon to access AWS resources. This episode explores the concept.
Data security control

Video - 00:09:00

This topic will address data access and governance, recovery, retention, classification, and encryption key management concepts.
Shared responsibility model

Video - 00:06:00

The final topic of this chapter is the shared responsibility model. AWS does not have full responsibility for the security of your cloud deployment. However, neither do you. Instead a shared responsibility model is used and it is covered here.
AWS security hub

Video - 00:06:00

AWS Security Hub offers a single console for a number of useful security options in AWS, including IDS with Amazon GuardDuty, vulnerability scans with Amazon Inspector, and automatic policy compliance scans with Amazon Macie.
AWS compliance program

Video - 00:07:00

AWS implements templates and recommended architectures that comply with various regulatory constraints under the AWS compliance program. This episode introduces the compliance program and reveals where you can get detailed information about regulations with which you must comply.
Multiple permissions

Video - 00:06:00

To understand practical permissions you must understand multiple permissions. Permissions can come from multiple sources and they aggregate to form practical or applied permissions. In this episode, you will explore multiple permissions.
Key rotation

Video - 00:10:00

When using an access key and secret access key it is important to rotate them periodically. Key rotation principles are covered in this episode including the processes involved.
Multi-factor authentication

Video - 00:08:00

What if you don't trust a single authentication method, such as a username and password pair? Then you can use multi-factor authentication, which is presented in this episode.
Authorization policies

Video - 00:13:00

Once authenticated, the user will have full capabilities or limited capabilities based on permissions within AWS. A primary method of permission management is authorization policy, which is covered here.

Video - 00:06:00

AWS provides two primary authentication methods (though more can be implemented) and these are covered in this episode. Additionally, you will learn the basics of authentication.
Root user

Video - 00:06:00

In operating systems it is common to have a root or admin user. In AWS a root users exists as well. You must understand this root user account and the implications it introduces to management and use of AWS.

Video - 00:10:00

With any identity and access management solution, it is essential to understand the principals that can be managed, such as users and groups. This episode introduces you to the principals you will manage in AWS.
Identity and access management (IAM) overview

Video - 00:07:00

How do you control who or what has access to your AWS account and the services running in it? The answer is Identity and Access Management (IAM) and this episode introduces the fundamental concepts of IAM.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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