Intelligent Threat Detection with Amazon GuardDuty


Intro to Amazon GuardDuty
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Welcome to this introduction to Amazon GuardDuty. This course will explain what the service is and guide you through its features and configuration.


Hello and welcome to this course, which will provide you with an introduction to Amazon GuardDuty. This course will explain what the service is and guide you through its features and configuration.

Before we begin - I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Alana Layton, and I am an AWS Content Creator here at Cloud Academy. Feel free to connect with me to ask any questions using the details shown on the screen. Alternatively, you can always get in touch with us here at Cloud Academy by sending an e-mail to where one of our Cloud experts will reply to your question.

This course has been designed for those who are in a role of a security consultant or specialist, security analyst, security auditor, Cloud architect, or Cloud operational support analyst. This would also be valuable to anyone looking to learn more about AWS Security and threat detection within AWS.

By the end of this course, you will have a greater understanding of Amazon GuardDuty, including:

  • What this tool is and the benefit it provides
  • The different data sources that feed into Amazon GuardDuty
  • The core components of the service
  • How to configure the service 

As a prerequisite to this course, you should have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of AWS, along with an awareness of different security measures and mechanisms that are offered by different AWS services, such as within IAM, specifically IAM Policies.

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About the Author
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Alana Layton is an experienced technical trainer, technical content developer, and cloud engineer living out of Seattle, Washington. Her career has included teaching about AWS all over the world, creating AWS content that is fun, and working in consulting. She currently holds six AWS certifications. Outside of Cloud Academy, you can find her testing her knowledge in bar trivia, reading, or training for a marathon.