The AWS Identity and Access Management service, commonly known as IAM is one of the first AWS security services that you will come across when working with AWS. It’s the central service for administering user accounts allowing them to gain access to your AWS resources. From user creation, password policies, access policies, roles, groups, and more, understanding AWS IAM is essential if you are looking to enforce stringent security controls within your AWS accounts.
In this learning path I will be looking at IAM from many different perspectives and cover the following learning objectives via our courses and hands-on labs:
- Understand what is meant identity and access management and the difference between authentication, authorization, and access control
- Learn the components of IAM as well as its reporting features
- Learn the essentials of users within IAM
- Understand how to create, manage, and configure users using security best practices
- Learn how to manage multiple users with IAM User Groups
- Gain 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 to users
- Understand how to use roles for federated access
- Understand the different types of IAM policies you can expect to see when working within IAM
- Learn how to implement policies effectively to build secure and robust access controls for your users
- Learn how to read IAM policies to understand the permissions they are granting and restricting
- Learn how policy evaluation logic operates
- Understand the core principles of cross-account access using IAM
This learning path has been designed for those who are responsible for securing access to AWS resources. It would also be advantageous to anyone looking to take an AWS certification.
You should have a basic understanding of AWS core services
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.