How to Master AWS VPCs

Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) are one of the main blocks of AWS systems. They give you the best of both worlds:

  1. A private cloud for security and compliance purposes
  2. Reduced infrastructure costs that come with public clouds

With data breaches happening almost daily, it’s vital that you and your company understands VPCs and the best security practices that go along with it.

VPCs are the first and most beginner element that you need to understand when starting your journey with AWS or another cloud service. When you’re building an infrastructure using a VPC, you need to make sure that it works and that you’re following best security practices. We’re here to help you learn AWS VPCs inside and out, and one of the best ways to do that is through hands-on learning! Get started today with a 7-day free trial.


Master VPCs with our 3 Hands-On AWS Challenges:

1. VPC Network Security 

Average completion time: 30 minutes

In this Challenge, you’ll test your ability to apply network security best practices using security groups and network access control lists. These are two of the most important ways to control network traffic in your VPC, and understanding them is key to understanding AWS security and networking. You’ll also test your ability to configure routing for a multi-tiered application, to ensure that you’re sending the right traffic to the right parts of your application:

  • Show that you can identify security needs of a segmented VPC
  • Learn to apply security controls based on real-world requirements
  • Troubleshoot security issues in a real application environment

Here’s a sneak peak:


2. S3 Security Basics

Average completion time: 15 minutes

Amazon S3 is one of the most popular storage solutions in the world, but it continues to get misused often. Data breaches due to misconfigured S3 buckets have been a major cause of problems for small and large businesses. In this Challenge, test your ability to correctly and securely configure s3 buckets based on 3 domains. You’ll show your ability to avoid those common security mistakes and ensure your private data stays private:

  • Choose appropriate S3 storage classes for cost efficiency
  • Use best practices for hosting a website in S3
  • Implement S3 security features


3. Encryption Basics

Average completion time: 30 minutes

Compliance and regulations are a huge part of most industries today and following them usually requires you to encrypt your sensitive data. Even if it’s not required, it’s the best practice. In this Challenge, test your ability to implement encryption based on 3 domains:

  • Test your ability to implement encryption on S3 buckets
  • Implement encryption on DynamoDB databases
  • Demonstrate your ability to use encryption with EBS Volumes


Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial to take these Challenges! 


P.S. Check out more of our Quests, Challenges, and Learning Activities on Cloud Assessments for more hands-on ways to train!

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