New Content: Get Ready for the CISM Cert Exam & Learn About Alibaba, Plus All the AWS, GCP, and Azure Courses You Know You Can Count On

This month our team of intrepid certification specialists released five learning paths, seven courses, 19 hands-on labs, and three lab challenges! 

One particularly interesting new learning path is Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Foundations. After completing this learning path, you will have a solid grounding in the subject of information security and will be ready to move on to the CISM Domains to learn about the specific topics within the assessment criteria for the CISM Certification.

New content on Cloud Academy

You can always visit our Content Roadmap to see what’s just released as well as what’s coming soon. January’s new content fell into these categories:


LEARNING PATH: DeepDive: Amazon S3

Amazon S3 is probably the most heavily used storage service that is provided by AWS simply down to the fact that it can be a great fit for many different use cases, as well as integrating with many different AWS services. In this learning path, we will deep dive into all things S3 related.

COURSE: Understanding Access Control and Authentication with your AWS Databases

This course covers the different options available to enable you to authenticate to your Amazon RDS and Amazon DynamoDB Databases.

COURSE: Increasing your security posture when using Amazon S3

This course has been designed to introduce you to the different security controls and methods that have been built into Amazon S3 to protect your data and enhance your overall security posture. You will learn about resource ownership, access control policies, S3 Access Points, Access Analyzer, and how to use Cross Origin Resource Sharing (CORS).

HANDS-ON LAB: Amazon S3 Playground

Explore the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) in this hands-on lab playground.

LAB CHALLENGE: Amazon RDS Database Challenge

Put your Amazon RDS skills to the test in this hands-on lab challenge as you are tasked with creating a database.

LAB CHALLENGE: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Auto Scaling Challenge

Put your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Auto Scaling and Load Balancing skills to the test in this hands-on lab challenge.

COURSE: An Overview of Amazon CloudWatch

This course takes a high-level look at Amazon CloudWatch and some of its features and components.

HANDS-ON LAB: Separating Data and Code with AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store

Learn how to create an AWS Systems Manager Parameter and reference it in an AWS Lambda in this hands-on lab.

Google Cloud

COURSE: Implementing a GCP Virtual Private Cloud (redo)

This course explores how to implement virtual private clouds on the Google Cloud Platform.

HANDS-ON LAB: Google Cloud KMS Playground

Practice your Google Cloud KMS skills in a free rein, empty GCP environment by creating and managing symmetric and asymmetric keys, and VM Disks in any way you see fit.

HANDS-ON LAB: Spatial Measurements and Spatial Transformations with BigQuery GIS and Python

Perform spatial measurements and spatial transformations in BigQuery GIS using Python in this lab.

HANDS-ON LAB: Importing and Exporting Geography Data with BigQuery

This lab introduces the special GEOGRAPHY data type in Google Cloud Platform’s BigQuery GIS serverless data warehouse tool.

HANDS-ON LAB: Visualizing Geospatial Data with Python and BigQuery

This lab will teach you how to create maps from geospatial data using the GeoJSON extension for JupyterLabs.

HANDS-ON LAB: Machine Learning and BigQuery GIS

This lab demonstrates how to perform a clustering analysis in BigQuery GIS using Python and Jupyter notebooks.

HANDS-ON LAB: Geofencing to Organize Your Geospatial Data

This lab demonstrates how to group geospatial data based on their geographic attributes in BigQuery GIS using Python and Jupyter notebooks.

LAB CHALLENGE: Google Cloud Storage Challenge

Demonstrate your Cloud Storage skills by performing tasks required to create and configure storage buckets in this lab challenge.

COURSE: Introduction to Google BigQuery (2021)

Learn how to load data into BigQuery, run queries using standard SQL, and export data from BigQuery with this hands-on course.

Microsoft Azure

HANDS-ON LAB: Introduction to Azure Machine Learning Studio

In this lab, use Azure’s Machine Learning Studio to build an ML Pipeline to train and deploy a model.

HANDS-ON LAB: Creating Terraform Configurations with Implicit Dependencies in Azure

Follow along in this hands-on lab to discover the importance of resource dependencies in Terraform configurations.

HANDS-ON LAB: Using Provisioners with Terraform in Azure

Discover the use case of Terraform provisioners and learn when to use them in Terraform configurations.

HANDS-ON LAB: Creating Variables in Terraform Configurations in Azure

Follow along in this hand-on lab and create re-usable infrastructure code with Terraform variables.

HANDS-ON LAB: Getting Started with Azure Redis Cache

Learn the benefits of using Redis cache and how to connect to a web application.



This course covers the fundamentals of the relational database offerings in Alibaba Cloud and will help prepare you for the ACA exam.


HANDS-ON LAB: Starting Your First Express.js Server

NodeJS is a very popular JavaScript runtime that lets you design and build super-fast applications. It’s the core of most of both backend and frontend JavaScript applications. Most of the time, NodeJS is not used alone, but it is used with one of the various frameworks available. One of them is ExpressJS. ExpressJS is one of the most used frameworks for NodeJS. It’s fast, easy to use and manage, and minimal framework.

DevOps and Security

COURSE: Configuring an Apache Exporter with Prometheus in Kubernetes

This course runs through a quick demo of the Prometheus exporter for an Apache Web Server.

HANDS-ON LAB: Monitoring K8s with the Kubernetes Dashboard, Prometheus, and Grafana

In this hands-on lab, you’ll learn how to set up an effective monitoring solution using the Kubernetes Dashboard, Prometheus, and Grafana.

HANDS-ON LAB: Kubernetes Monitoring Playground (Kubernetes Dashboard, Prometheus, and Grafana)

In this hands-on lab playground, you’ll have the opportunity to play around with a production-grade, preconfigured Kubernetes monitoring environment consisting of the Kubernetes Dashboard, Prometheus, and Grafana.

LEARNING PATH: Kubernetes Tools

This learning path provides you with an introduction to the Kubernetes Tooling ecosystem.


This learning path provides you with an introduction to DevSecOps.

LEARNING PATH: Prometheus: Pulling It All Together

This learning path provides you with an introduction to the Prometheus ecosystem.

HANDS-ON LAB: Exploring Terraform State in Azure

Follow along in this hands-on lab and explore the concept of Terraform state when managing Azure infrastructure through code. 

HANDS-ON LAB: Creating Reusable Infrastructure with Terraform Modules in Azure    

Follow along in this hands-on lab and create reusable infrastructure that can be versioned and tested with Terraform modules.

HANDS-ON LAB: Linux Terminal Playground (Red Hat)

Practice your Linux skills in this lab and get familiar with Red Hat Linux by accessing a long-running instance browser terminal.

LEARNING PATH: Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Foundations

This learning path provides the foundational knowledge for passing the CISM exam or anyone looking to learn about information security in general.


Stop Messing Around and Start Passing Your AWS Exams with Stephen Cole

Let our expert guide you through key strategies that you can apply when taking your first AWS exam, from home or on-site.

AWS Cost Optimization 2021 – Getting the Pricing Models Right 

Discover how to optimize your AWS costs by learning about purchasing options, instances types, and planning.

Pandas Like a Boss – Episode 1: How to Filter Your Data Source

Join the first episode of our Data Science webinar series and take a deep dive into data ingestion and management in Pandas.


“Spark Joy” With Our New Team Organization and Management Tools

We’ve given the Management Dashboard a makeover to make it faster and easier than ever to manage teams, assign training, and track progress.

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