Practitioner Certificate in Cloud Security

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official Curriculum

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This five-day course is focused on Cloud Security, encompassing Cloud Security Architecture, DevSecOps, Data and Cloud Assurance aspects, Governance, Cloud Security Operations and Web Application Security.
The course spans cloud security principles, patterns and architectural frameworks, data protection and compliance for cloud-based applications, data and infrastructure, and the design, development and implementation of cloud security architectures. This course is a fundamentals course that will expose you to a variety of cloud security and assurance aspects across the 3 big cloud computing platforms - AWS, Azure and GCP.
We will review the wide range of technical security controls available using Cloud Service Provider and partner technologies, automation and DevSecOps, assurance, audit, and security testing of cloud-based services. Containers and serverless architectures will be introduced and their security implications reviewed. Agile DevOps methodologies will be covered and the use of a Continuous Integration Pipeline for security improvements, validation, and testing.


Delegates will learn about the following topics:

  • Cloud Concepts
  • Virtualisation
  • Network Security Fundamentals
  • AWS Core Services
  • AWS Security Technologies
  • Azure Core Services
  • Azure Security and Microsoft 365
  • Google Cloud Core Services
  • Google Cloud Security
  • Cloud Security Frameworks, Principles, Patterns and Certifications
  • Container Security
  • Cloud Native Computing
  • Serverless
  • Assurance
  • Web Application Security
  • Cloud Identity Services
  • Cloud Security Services
  • Automation and Continuous Integration
  • DevSecOps

Target Audience

This course is aimed at technical and security specialists looking to develop and operate secure applications and systems using an agile DevOps methodology with fully automated deployments to cloud environments.
Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
CPD points can be claimed for NCSC accredited courses at the rate of 1 point per hour of training for NCSC accredited courses (up to a maximum of 15 points).

Additional Information


Duration 60 Minutes

Questions 50, multiple choice (4 multiple choice answers only 1 of which is correct)

Pass Mark 50%

Training Partners

We work with the following best of breed training partners using our bulk buying power to bring you a wider range of dates, locations and prices.


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DAY ONE (4 topics)

  • Introduction
  • Introductions
  • Objectives of course
  • Agenda

Cloud Concepts (7 topics)

  • What is Cloud Computing?
  • Why is everyone moving to the Cloud?
  • Cloud computing model
  • Infrastructure, Platform and Software as a Service
  • Boundaries and responsibilities
  • Cloud Service Providers - Gartner Magic Quadrant(s)
  • Cloud reference architectures

Virtualisation (1 topic)

  • Overview of different virtualisation technologies and types covering storage, networks and systems.

Network Security Fundamentals (5 topics)

  • IPv4 and IPv6
  • DNS
  • Firewalls
  • Network Address Translation
  • IPSec VPN

AWS Core Services (9 topics)

  • EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) and VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) fundamentals
  • Availability zones and regions
  • Internet Gateway, Elastic IPs, NAT Gateway
  • VPN Gateway, DirectConnect
  • VPC Peering, AWS Transit Gateway
  • Security Groups, Flow Logs, NACLs and subnet routing
  • Route53
  • Amazon S3
  • AWS Security Lab

AWS Security Lab (1 topic)

  • Architecting on AWS - Lab 1 - Hosting a Static Website

Knowledge Check – Quiz (1 topic)

  • End of module knowledge check - exam style questions

DAY TWO (15 topics)

  • AWS Security Technologies
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • AWS Organizations and SSO
  • AWS CloudTrail, CloudWatch, Config, Trusted Advisor
  • AWS CloudFront and Shield
  • AWS WAF and Firewall Manager
  • AWS Certificate Manager
  • AWS Key Management Service (KMS) and CloudHSM
  • AWS Secrets Manager
  • AWS Inspector, Macie and Guard Duty
  • AWS Artifact and Audit Manager
  • AWS Security Hub
  • Amazon Detective
  • AWS PrivateLink and VPC Endpoints
  • AWS EC2 Nitro

Azure Core Services (11 topics)

  • Azure regions and availability zones
  • Azure Active Directory
  • Azure AD Connect
  • Azure role-based access control
  • Azure Virtual Networks
  • Azure Network Security Groups
  • Application Security Groups
  • Remote Access and VPN
  • Load Balancing
  • Azure Front Door
  • Azure network security best practices

AWS Security Lab

Architecting on AWS - Deploying a Web Application on AWS (1 topic)

  • Architecting on AWS - Automating Infrastructure Deployment with AWS CloudFormation

Microsoft Azure Security Lab (1 topic)

  • Hands on lab providing practical experience of implementing and using Microsoft Azure security technologies

Azure Security Services (9 topics)

  • Azure Key Vault
  • Azure Firewall
  • Azure Virtual Machine encryption
  • Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines
  • Azure Policy
  • Azure Security Center
  • Azure Monitor, Log Analytics and Alerts
  • Azure Sentinel
  • Enterprise Azure architectures

Microsoft 365 and Azure AD security (9 topics)

  • Microsoft 365 services
  • Azure AD and Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft 365 security
  • Microsoft Defender
  • Microsoft 365 data protection and governance
  • Azure AD Conditional Access and MFA
  • Azure AD Password Protection
  • Azure AD Identity Protection
  • Azure AD Privileged Identity Management

Google Cloud core services and Google Workspace (9 topics)

  • Google Cloud Platform services
  • Compute
  • Networking
  • Storage and databases
  • Big Data
  • GCP example architecture
  • Google Workspace
  • Google Workspace integration with corporate directory
  • Google Cloud Fundamentals: Getting Started with GKE

Knowledge Check – Quiz (1 topic)

  • End of module knowledge check - exam style questions

DAY THREE (17 topics)

  • Google Cloud Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Network Security
  • VPC Service Controls
  • Cloud Armor
  • IAP Proxy and BeyondCorp
  • Confidential and shielded VMs
  • Keys and Encryption
  • Certificate Services
  • Secret Manager
  • Logging
  • Organization policy constraints
  • Data Loss Prevention API
  • Web Security Scanner
  • Container Registry Vulnerability Scanner
  • Cloud Security Command Center
  • Forseti

Cloud Security Frameworks, Principles and Patterns (8 topics)

  • Security Principles
  • Separation and layers as security controls
  • Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Cloud Control Matrix
  • GOV.UK Cabinet Office and NCSC Cloud Security Principles
  • Security Architecture Frameworks
  • Security Architecture Patterns
  • Cloud Security Architecture Patterns
  • Trusted Cloud Initiative Reference Architectu

Data Protection and Compliance (9 topics)

  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Personal Data
  • UK Data Protection Act and Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
  • European Union (EU) Data Protection Directive
  • EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • Cloud Security Alliance STAR
  • ISO 27001

Container Security (11 topics)

  • Concept of containers
  • Docker
  • Why development teams are moving to containers
  • Security issues of containers
  • Container security good practice
  • CIS Benchmark for Docker and Docker Bench tool
  • Orchestration - Kubernetes
  • Security features of Kubernetes
  • Orchestration - Docker Swarm
  • Cloud Service Provider container platforms (AWS, Azure, Google)
  • Container security solutions (Twistlock, AquaSecurity)

Container Lab (1 topic)

  • Lab providing hands-on experience of containers and potential security issues

Cloud Native Computing (5 topics)

  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation
  • 12 Factors of a cloud-native app
  • Cloud Native platform concepts
  • Cloud Foundry
  • Cloud Foundry security best practices

Knowledge Check – Quiz (1 topic)

  • End of module knowledge check - exam style questions

DAY FOUR (13 topics)

  • Serverless
  • Concept of 'serverless'
  • Pros and Cons
  • AWS Lambda
  • Step functions
  • Dynamo DB
  • SQS, SWS, S3
  • Serverless application architecture
  • Security implications
  • Environment Variable encryption
  • Azure Cloud Functions
  • Google Cloud Functions
  • Serverless Framework

Assurance (3 topics)

  • Centre for Internet Security (CIS) Foundation Benchmarks
  • Penetration tests of cloud environments
  • External audit and configuration review

Assurance Lab (1 topic)

  • Using an automated tool, assess cloud infrastructure and services for compliance to standards, identify risks and security issues

Web Application Security (2 topics)

  • OWASP Top 10
  • Secure Software Development Lifecycle

Cloud Identity Services (3 topics)

  • SAML
  • oAuth, oAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect
  • Cloud Identity Providers

Knowledge Check – Quiz (1 topic)

  • End of module knowledge check - exam style questions

DAY FIVE (4 topics)

  • Cloud Security as a Service
  • Cloud Security Services
  • Cloud analytics, e.g. Splunk Cloud
  • Cloud security operations management, e.g. AlertLogic

Automation, DevSecOps and Continuous Integration (10 topics)

  • Cloud service provider automation tools
  • Terraform by Hashicorp
  • Hardened build images
  • Vault by Hashicorp
  • Patching and update strategies
  • DevSecOps
  • Continuous Integration Pipeline
  • Automated environment testing
  • Jenkins
  • Security issues

DevSecOps Lab (1 topic)

  • Automating the Deployment of Infrastructure Using Terraform

Knowledge Check – Quiz (1 topic)

  • End of module knowledge check - exam style questions


There are no pre-requisites. However, we recommend that all delegates have an understanding of the general technologies, for example Operating Systems and Networking and Security principles. Experience of using cloud services and security technologies is helpful but not essential.

For those delegates looking for some pre-course general cloud security background, guidance and organisational compliance, the NCSC cloud security collection is probably the single best resource.

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

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Virtual Classroom (Virtual On-Line)
5 Days $3,950

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