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Overview
Difficulty
Beginner
Duration
51m
Students
1160
Description

Launching your EC2 instance is just the first step to becoming an AWS professional: securing your cloud resources is something you just can't ignore. In this course the experienced Linux System Administrator David Clinton will share some common best practices to enhance your infrastructure security.

You'll learn how to manage access to your instances with IAM and Multi Factor Authentication, how to encrypt your storage, how to keep your Linux instance updated with security patches, how to monitor your system and your network to ensure that nobody unauthorized is using your resources, and finally, the basic principles of penetration testing and how to use nmap to ensure that your security group is properly configured.

Who should take this course

This course is aimed even at beginners with little or no experience with cloud security. Some basic knowledge about Linux system administration, TCP/IP, and security topics are recommended.

To increase your knowledge, you may want to check our many AWS courses, in particular the ones introducing EC2 and S3. And why not take the challenge and try out a quiz?

Transcript

Hi, and welcome to CloudAcademy.com's video series on security on your AWS instance. In this video, we'll briefly summarize some of the areas that we explored during the course.

We discussed maintaining security through user and group management through the IAM console. We saw how to ensure that people logging into your system are actually your users and not just anyone who happens to wonder in through password control and MFA Multi-Factor Authentication. We learned how to ensure that all traffic in and out of your Instance is encrypted using the S3 console and the SSH and SCP. We explored the importance of port monitoring using nmap from outside your system and netstat from inside. And finally we discussed the importance of keeping your software up to date by way of apt-get updates.

About the Author
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David taught high school for twenty years, worked as a Linux system administrator for five years, and has been writing since he could hold a crayon between his fingers. His childhood bedroom wall has since been repainted.

Having worked directly with all kinds of technology, David derives great pleasure from completing projects that draw on as many tools from his toolkit as possible.

Besides being a Linux system administrator with a strong focus on virtualization and security tools, David writes technical documentation and user guides, and creates technology training videos.

His favorite technology tool is the one that should be just about ready for release tomorrow. Or Thursday.