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The course is part of these learning paths

Serverless Computing on AWS for Developers
course-steps 11 certification 1 lab-steps 8
Getting Started with Serverless Computing on AWS
course-steps 7 certification 1 lab-steps 9
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DifficultyIntermediate
Duration34m
Students204

Description

Course Description

As more and more organization are moving towards a serverless or Function as a Service (FaaS) architecture and framework, understanding how this affects security is essential.  There are both pros and cons to implementing a serverless solution from a security perspective.  This course will look at both the benefits and the negatives when adopting a FaaS solution and how this affects the safeguarding of your data.  
 
Most people have a deeper understanding of IaaS security, but some of the secure methods used within IaaS are not required within FaaS and vice versa.  There are also a number of security threats and concerns which affect both FaaS and IaaS architectures which will also be discussed.  
 
Towards the end of the course, it explains how serverless is impacted by the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) top 10 list of vulnerabilities.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will

  • Understand and be able to distinguish between the pros and cons of serverless security
  • Understand where to focus additional security controls in a FaaS solution
  • Have a general overview of how security differs to that of a typical IaaS solution

Intended Audience

This content in this course would be beneficial to:

  • Engineers who are focused on delivering secure serverless solutions within an enterprise environment
  • Security architects looking to enhance their knowledge of FaaS solutions
  • Developers deploying applications within a serverless environment

Prerequisites

As a prerequisite of this course you should have a basic knowledge and awareness of the following:

  • A general understanding of what Serverless means
  • Understand what FaaS and IaaS relates to
  • A basic awareness of different attack vectors, such as DoS
  • AWS Lambda
  • Amazon Cognito
  • Amazon API Gateway
  • Security controls within IAM

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6 lectures

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

He is a Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP), with his latest achievements gained within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) field.

He currently holds the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification as well as accreditations as an AWS Business and Technology Professional and in TCO and Cloud Economics.

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.