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Amazon Web Services

Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management

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Overview

Security should be your first priority when developing cloud native applications.

The goal of this course is to provide you with foundational knowledge and skills that will enable you to grow in your use of both AWS IAM and the rest of the AWS ecosystem. Throughout the course, the focus will be on the base-level knowledge needed for understanding the functionality of IAM, and simple ways to implement its usage.

We start by introducing you to some background concepts needed to understand how and why identity and access management are necessary, and then go on to show you the first level of AWS IAM components. Through the rest of the course, you will see deeper dives into those and other concepts. The class closes by providing best practices and troubleshooting tips and tools.

While progressing through the course, make sure you are taking advantage of the activities, assessments, and provided notes. They will be great for reinforcing the concepts covered during that week, as well as providing great locations to bookmark for faster reference as you continue growing and learning after the course.

We expect that you have basic knowledge of AWS already. Some examples of concepts you should be familiar with are: you should know the basics of the AWS Global infrastructure, like what regions and availability zones are. You should also understand what an Amazon EC2 instance is, what Amazon S3 is, what a VPC is, as well as other basic AWS terminology.

Syllabus

Week 1: The Basics

  • Welcome to Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management [4 minutes]
    • Video: Welcome to Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management [1 minute]
    • Video: Meet Your Instructors [2 minutes]
    • Video: Welcome to Week 1 [1 minute]
  • Introduction to identity and access management [24 minutes]

    • Video: What is Identity and Access Management [3 minutes]
    • Video: Authentication and Authorization [6 minutes]
    • Readings: Introduction to Identity and Access Management [15 minutes]
    • Key Concepts to AWS Identity and Access Management [1 hour 53 minutes]

    • Video: What is AWS Identity and Access Management [3 minutes]

    • Video: AWS Identities [3 minutes]

    • Video: AWS IAM Users and Groups [8 minutes]
    • Video: AWS IAM Users and Groups Demo [10 minutes]
    • Video: Introduction to AWS IAM Roles [5 minutes]
    • Video: Introduction to AWS IAM Policies [7 minutes]
    • Video: Introduction to Identity Federation [4 minutes]
    • Video: Introduction to Amazon EC2 [4 minutes]
    • Video: Introduction to Amazon S3 [3 minutes]
    • Video: AWS Command Line Interface [4 minutes]
    • Readings: Key Concepts to AWS Identity and Access Management [40 minutes]
    • Activity: Match concepts to their definitions [7 minutes]
    • Assessment: Week 1 Assessment [15 minutes]

Week 2: Access Management and Policies* [2 hours 21 minutes] *

  • Introduction to Access Management [43 minutes]

    • Video: Welcome to Week 2 [1 minute]
    • Video: Access Management [3 minutes]
    • Video: Resources [5 minutes]
    • Video: Tags [4 minutes]
    • Readings: Basics of Access Management [30 minutes]
    • Understanding Policies [1hr 38 minutes]

    • Video: AWS IAM Policies [7 minutes]

    • Video: AWS IAM Policy Types Part 1 [5 minutes]

    • Video: AWS IAM Policy Types Part 2 [6 minutes]
    • Video: Policy Examples [6 minutes]
    • Video: Evaluation Logic [7 minutes]
    • Video: Policy Creator and Generator Demo [9 minutes]
    • Activity: Building Policies [10 minutes]
    • Video: Lab 1 Introduction [3 minutes]
    • Assessment: Week 2 Assessment [15 minutes]
    • Readings: Understanding Policies [30 minutes]

Week 3: Roles* [1 hour 42 minutes] *

  • Core Concepts for Roles [50 minutes]

    • Video: Welcome to Week 3 [1 minute]
    • Video: What are AWS IAM Roles [4 minutes]
    • Video: What is AWS STS [5 minutes]
    • Video: Creating a Role Demo [6 minutes]
    • Video: User Assuming a Role Demo [6 minutes]
    • Video: Common Use Cases [3 minutes]
    • Video: Role Trust Policies [3 minutes]
    • Video: Cross Account Access Demo [7 minutes]
    • Readings: Core Concepts for Roles [15 minutes]
    • Utilizing Roles [52 minutes]

    • Video: Introduction to AWS Lambda [3 minutes]

    • Video: Lambda and Roles Demo [6 minutes]

    • Video: Amazon EC2 and Roles Demo [8 minutes]
    • Video: Service-linked Roles [5 minutes]
    • Video: Use Case – Federation, Roles, and You [3 minutes]
    • Video: Lab 2 Introduction [2 minutes]
    • Assessment: Week 3 Assessment [15 minutes]
    • Readings: Utilizing Roles [10 minutes]

Week 4: Best Practices and Troubleshooting* [1 hour 58 minutes] *

  • Best Practices and Troubleshooting [1 hour 58 minutes]
    • Video: Welcome to Week 4 [1 minute]
    • Video: General Best Practices [5 minutes]
    • Video: AWS SSO [5 minutes]
    • Video: Monitoring AWS IAM Activity with AWS CloudTrail [5 minutes]
    • Video: Troubleshooting Demo Part 1 [5 minutes]
    • Video: Troubleshooting Demo Part 2 [6 minutes]
    • Activity: Best Practices vs. Troubleshooting [10 minutes]
    • Assessment: Week 4 Assessment [10 minutes]
    • Readings: Best Practices and Troubleshooting [40 minutes]
    • Assessment: Final Assessment [30 minutes]
    • Video: Course Outro [1 minute]

Taught by

Seph Robinson and Alana Layton

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