SEC524: Cloud Security Fundamentals
Many organizations today are feeling pressure to reduce IT costs and optimize IT operations. Cloud computing is fast emerging as a viable means to create dynamic, rapidly provisioned resources for operating platforms, applications, development environments, storage and backup capabilities, and many more IT functions. A staggering number of security considerations exist that information security professionals need to consider when evaluating the risks of cloud computing.
The first fundamental issue is the loss of hands-on control of system, application and data security. Many of the existing best-practice security controls that information security professionals have come to rely on are not available in cloud environments, are available but stripped down in many ways, or cannot be controlled by security teams. Security professionals must become heavily involved in the development of contract language and service-level agreements when doing business with cloud service providers (CSPs). Compliance and auditing concerns are compounded. Control verification and audit reporting within CSP environments may be less in-depth and frequent than that required by audit and security teams.
SEC524: Cloud Security Fundamentals starts out with a detailed introduction to the various delivery models of cloud computing, ranging from Software as a Service (SaaS) to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and everything in between. Each of these delivery models represent an entirely separate set of security conditions to consider, especially when coupled with various cloud types, including public, private and hybrid. An overview of security issues within each of these models will be covered with an in-depth discussion of the risks involved. The course will go in-depth on architecture and infrastructure fundamentals for private, public and hybrid clouds, including a wide range of topics such as patch and configuration management, virtualization security, application security and change management. Policy, risk assessment and governance within cloud environments will also be covered, with recommendations for both internal policies and contract provisions. This path leads to a discussion of compliance and legal concerns. The first day will wrap up with several fundamental scenarios for students to evaluate.
The second day will start with coverage of audits and assessments for cloud environments. The session will include hands-on exercises for students to learn about new models and approaches for performing assessments, as well as for evaluating audit and monitoring controls. Next, the class will turn to protecting the actual data. New approaches for data encryption, network encryption, key management and data lifecycle concerns will be covered in detail, as will be the challenges of identifying and accessing management in cloud environments. The course will move into disaster recovery and business continuity planning using cloud models and architecture. Intrusion detection and incident response in cloud environments will also be covered, along with how best to manage these critical security processes and the technologies that support them given that most controls are managed by the CSP.
You Will Learn:
- Foundations of cloud policy and contracts
- Cloud risks, including threats and vulnerabilities
- The 14 domains of the Cloud Security Alliance's cloud security research
- Best practices for securing multiple layers of the cloud stack
- How to adapt security architecture, tools, and processes for use in cloud environments
|SEC524.1: Day 1|
CPE/CMU Credits: 6
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Security Challenges in the Cloud
Infrastructure Security in the Cloud
Policy and Governance for Cloud Computing
Compliance and Legal Considerations
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning in the Cloud
|SEC524.2: Day 2|
CPE/CMU Credits: 6
Risk, Audit, and Assessment for the Cloud
Data Security in the Cloud
Identity and Access Management (IAM)
Intrusion Detection and Incident Response
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*CPE/CMU credits not offered for the SelfStudy delivery method