Protecting Web Apps with AWS WAF, Shield & Firewall Manager
1h 17m

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Explore the 3 AWS services, designed to help protect your web applications from external malicious activity, with this course. Once getting started, this course will delve into depth on all three services, comprised of AWS Web Application Firewall Service (WAF), AWS Firewall Manager and AWS Shield. By learning how all three services can be used together for enhanced protection of web applications you enterprise will wholly benefit from all the advantages that these services have to offer.

Study the core principles, understand the importance and discuss how protecting web apps with AWS can elevate your business to the next level with this cohesive course made up of 14 lectures, including demos.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a core foundation of what AWS WAF is and what it does
  • Knowledge of how to configure and implement a WAF solution
  • Analyze how AWS WAF works closely with AWS CloudFront
  • An understanding of how AWS Firewall Manager can be used to help you control AWS WAF across multiple accounts
  • How AWS Shield is protecting Distributed Denial of Service attacks
  • An awareness of different types of DDoS attacks
  • An awareness of the step involved in configuring AWS Shield Advanced

Intended Audience

  • Security architects
  • Technical engineers
  • Website administrators
  • Anyone requiring a deeper understanding of WAF, Shield, and Firewall Manager


Cloud Academy would recommend having a basic understanding of the following, before starting this course:

  • Amazon CloudFront Distributions
  • AWS Application Load Balancer
  • AWS Organizations
  • The 7 layers of the OSI model

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Hello and welcome to this course where I shall be discussing three AWS services which are designed to help protect your web applications from external malicious activity. Firstly, I shall focus on the Web Application Firewall service, or AWS WAF, as it's more commonly known. And I'll begin looking at the basics of the service before moving progressively into more technical and advanced configuration. Following WAF, I shall then explain how Firewall Manager can be used to help with WAF administration across multiple AWS accounts. And then finally, I will explain how AWS Shield is used in conjunction with WAF to help protect you from Distributed Denial of Service attacks, or DDoS. Before we start this course, I would like introduce myself. My name is Stuart Scott, I'm one of the trainers here at Cloud Academy, specializing in AWS, Amazon Web Services. Feel free to connect with me with any questions using the details shown on the screen. Alternatively you can also get in touch with us here at Cloud Academy by sending an e-mail to 

This course is intended for Security architects, technical engineers, and website administrators who have a responsibility for ensuring web applications and websites are not compromised or exploited within their environment. This course is also useful for anyone who requires a deeper understanding of the Web Application Firewall, Shield, and Firewall Manager service. This course is divided into four sections. Firstly I shall be looking at AWS WAF, as this is the key service that relates to the other sections that I'll be discussing. And in the WAF section, I'll be looking at the following points, what is WAF and what does it do? When and why should you use WAF? How to configure WAF? And here I'll present a demonstration. WAF monitoring, WAF service limits, how WAF works with AWS CloudFront, and the pricing of WAF. By the end of these lectures, you will have a sound understanding of the AWS WAF service. This will then lead nicely onto the second section, which is focused on the AWS Firewall Manager. In this section of the course, I'll be looking at an overview the of AWS Firewall Manager, the different components of the Firewall Manager, and also how to configure it as well. In the third section of the course, I will dive into the AWS Shield service which is used to help mitigate against DDoS attacks. And here I will explain what AWS Shield is, and how to configure AWS Shield Advanced. Finally, I'll be summarizing the key points taken from each of the previous lectures within this course. By the end of this course, you'll have a greater understanding of how AWS WAF, Firewall Manager and Shield can help you protect your web application infrastructure from malicious activity. 

This course will provide you with the following, an understanding of what AWS WAF is and what it does, knowledge of how to configure and implement a WAF solution, you'll understand how AWS WAF works closely with AWS CloudFront, you'll gain an understanding of how AWS Firewall Manager can be used to help you control AWS WAF across multiple different accounts, and how AWS Shield is used to protect Distributed Denial of Service attacks. You'll also gain an awareness of different types of DDoS attacks, and an understanding of the steps involved in configuring AWS Shield Advanced. There's a number of prerequisites for this course, you should have an understanding of what Amazon CloudFront Distributions are, be aware of the AWS Application Load Balancer, have an understanding of AWS Organizations, and then awareness of the seven layers of the OSI model. Feedback on our courses here at Cloud Academy are valuable to both us as trainers and any students looking to take the same course in the future. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, it would be greatly appreciated if you could send an email to That brings me to the end of this lecture. Coming up next, I will explain what exactly the Web Application Firewall service is, and what it can do for you.

About the Author
Learning Paths

Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.