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With Security being one of the hottest topics within the Cloud industry today, Access and Key Management is often highlighted, questioned, and misunderstood. 

This learning path on AWS Access & Key Management Security has been designed to help you understand how AWS implements and manages access to its resources from an Identity, key management, and best practice perspective.

It will focus on the Identity & Access Management Service (IAM) and all of its features and how they operate together to provide secure access management to your resources. You will also gain a deeper understanding of how these features operate from an authentication, authorization, and access control stance. 

Security best practices will be covered across a range of abstract and container services, plus how the Key Management Service (KMS) and CloudHSM service can be used to manage and control the use of encryption keys and the benefits and considerations when doing so.

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand what AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM) is and how to implement it
  • Learn how to manage our organization using IAM Users and Groups and IAM Roles
  • Learn about security mechanisms around AWS Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting using a variety of services
  • Understand the responsibility between AWS and the customer when architecting both abstract and container services
  • Learn the basics of KMS
  • Learn about the S3 encryption and decryption process for S3 Managed Keys, KMS Managed Keys, and Customer Provided Keys
  • Learn the fundamentals of CloudHSM

Intended Audience

This course has been designed for AWS administrators, security engineers, security architects, or anyone who is looking to increase their knowledge of access and key management security.


To get the most from this learning path, you should already have some basic hands-on experience of AWS and its services, although it's not essential.

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Stuart Scott
AWS Content Director
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.