Using Roles for Federated Access

5m 58s

This lesson explores some of the security best practices when using user groups and roles and how these can help you secure access to your resources more effectively. It also includes guided demos from the AWS platform to give you a practical understanding of the topics covered throughout the lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to manage multiple users with IAM User Groups
  • Get a foundational understanding of IAM roles
  • Understand how to use AWS service roles to access AWS resources on your behalf
  • Learn how to use IAM user roles to grant temporary access for users
  • Understand how to use roles for federated access

Intended Audience

  • AWS administrator
  • Security engineer
  • Security architect
  • Anyone who's looking to increase their knowledge of the IAM service in preparation for an AWS certification


To get the most out of this lesson, you should already have a basic understanding of AWS IAM and what the service is used for, as well as knowledge of policy types such as managed, customer, and in-line. It would also be advantageous if you had some basic hands-on experience of AWS and some of its core services, but it is not essential.

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