Learn IAM with our new course "Introduction to IAM"

If there is a service that we have seen used in most if not all the courses we crafted about AWS, that service is IAM. That’s just one more reason why you should learn IAM as soon as you start your journey in AWS to improve your profile as a cloud professional.
Indeed, IAM is probably central in any infrastructures, even for the smaller ones. IAM allows you to assign granular access permissions to each resource in your cloud to your users, or to groups of users. To grant those permissions, you write JSON documents using a standardized syntax, and upload them via the usual APIs, SDK, CLI or AWS Console. IAM also has many interesting features, for example it allows you to grant access to federated users, that is members of your organizations that are not on AWS, a very nice move by Amazon to help integrate your existing team.
Learn IAM
So now you should be well aware of how important is for you to learn IAM, and the new course that our expert David Clinton crafted for you can really help you getting started with it. It’s now available on our plaform for all of our members and under the free trial too, so you definitely want to watch it, given how important it is to secure access to your AWS resources.

Learn IAM with “Introduction to IAM”

This three-parts course is thought as a clear and quick introduction to IAM. After an introductory lecture, you will dive into IAM learning all the founding concepts of the service, like users, roles, policies, etc. Given how important these concepts are, it’s important to have a clear mind about it as you watch the rest of the course. After that, an important lecture about MFA. Given that IAM is about hardening your infrastructure, you should really ensure that you and just you can control its settings. 2-steps authentication can be a great help to prevent strangers from playing with your sensitive settings.
Learn IAM
After the first testing lecture, the second part of this course to learn IAM is all about the practical usage of it. You will learn about how to create Users and Groups, how Roles work, and how to create Custom Policies. That’s an important topic, given that most the policies you will ever write are probably customized by you according to your needs. David will show you how to use the Policy Generator from the AWS Console to do that. Another round of quizzes follows here. The question you will be asked will help you to strengthen your knowledge about what you’ve learnt so far. Finally, the last lecture is a practical example to see how you can log IAM events on CloudTrail.
I hope you will like this course as much as I liked it, so feel free to share you feedback with us. And if you are wondering what we are working on and will publish soon, check our roadmap, where you can take a look at the upcoming content for the next weeks.

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Software Engineer with a solid focus on QA and an extensive experience in ICT. Above all, Andrea has a very strong interest in Free and Open Source Software, and he is a Debian and Ubuntu Developer since years. Non-tech interests include: Rugby, Jazz music and Cooking.

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