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Amazon Web Services

Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management

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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.


  • Week 1
    • In Week 1, you'll explore basic concepts of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and explain how authentication and authorization impact whats users can see and do in AWS.
  • Week 2
    • In Week 2, you'll dive deeper into IAM policies and explore core concepts in access management. You'll also be introduced to the first lab assignment.
  • Week 3
    • In Week 3, you'll explore details of IAM roles and why they are preferred over long-term credentials. You'll also complete your lab assignment this week.
  • Week 4
    • AWS details best practice and recommendations to secure your AWS resources. In Week 4, the last week of this course, you'll explore benefits of AWS resources and tools that make IAM policy and permission troubleshooting easier. You'll also take an end-of-the-course assessment to wrap things up.

Taught by

Michael Chan, Seph Robinson and Alana Layton


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    Video lecture should supplement the demo of the practicals then and there

    so that understanding will be more clear.

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