Identity and Access Management, or IAM, is one of the most crucial parts of any system, with an important role to play in the overall security of the whole. In this course, you’ll look at IAM in the context of AWS. Beginning with an overview, you’ll explore principles, root users, authentication, authorization policies, multi-factor authentication (including the various types of factors), key rotation and more.
Identity and Access ManagementDuration: 7:13
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.
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.
Root UserDuration: 6:15
In operating systems it is common to have a root or admin user. In AWS a root user exists as well. You must understand this root user account and the implications it introduces to management and use of AWS.
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.
Authorization PoliciesDuration: 12:39
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.
Multi-Factor AuthenticationDuration: 7:55
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.
Key RotationDuration: 9:43
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.
Multiple PermissionsDuration: 6:18
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.
AWS Compliance ProgramDuration: 6:59
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.
Shared Responsibility ModelDuration: 6:21
The final topic of this course 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.
Meet the author
Tom Carpenter is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry. He started in entry-level systems support and quickly moved into the role of a systems analyst and network engineer. He founded the technical content development and training company SysEdCo in 1997, which he continues to operate. Having written more than 20 books for the IT industry, he brings a wealth of experience to any topic and holds many certifications from both vendors and vendor-neutral certification organizations. He is also the head of certification development for the CWNP program and heavily involved in objectives development and exam creation within the certification industry. Tom uses AWS to run several business websites as well as test labs used for content creation and management. According to Tom, "AWS is everything I did in the 90s, and more, in the cloud!” Tom lives in Ohio with his lovely wife Julie and enjoys anything related to technology, learning and human potential.
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