Through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, participants explore and deploy the components of a secure GCP solution. Participants also learn mitigation techniques for attacks at many points in a GCP-based infrastructure, including Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks, phishing attacks, and threats involving content classification and use.
To get the most out of this course, participants should have:
- Prior completion of Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure or equivalent experience
- Prior completion of Networking in Google Cloud Platform or equivalent experience
Knowledge of foundational concepts in information security:
- vulnerability, threat, attack surface
- confidentiality, integrity, availability
- Common threat types and their mitigation strategies
- Public and private key pairs
- Cipher types
- Key width
- Certificate authorities
- Transport Layer Security/Secure Sockets Layer encrypted communication
- Public key infrastructures
- Security policy
- Fundamental concepts:
- Basic proficiency with command-line tools and Linux operating system environments
- Systems Operations experience, including deploying and managing applications, either on-premises or in a public cloud environment
This class is intended for the following job roles:
- Cloud information security analysts, architects, and engineers
- Information security/cybersecurity specialists
- Cloud infrastructure architects
- Developers of cloud applications
- Understanding the Google approach to security
- Managing administrative identities using Cloud Identity.
- Implementing least privilege administrative access using Google Cloud Resource Manager, Cloud IAM.
- Implementing IP traffic controls using VPC firewalls and Cloud Armor
- Implementing Identity Aware Proxy
- Analyzing changes to the configuration or metadata of resources with GCP audit logs
- Scanning for and redact sensitive data with the Data Loss Prevention API
- Scanning a GCP deployment with Forseti
- Remediating important types of vulnerabilities, especially in public access to data and VMs
Module 1: Foundations of GCP Security
- Google Cloud's approach to security
- The shared security responsibility model
- Threats mitigated by Google and by GCP
- Access Transparency
Module 2: Cloud Identity
- Cloud Identity
- Syncing with Microsoft Active Directory
- Choosing between Google authentication and SAML-based SSO
- GCP best practices
Module 3: Identity and Access Management
- GCP Resource Manager: projects, folders, and organizations
- GCP IAM roles, including custom roles
- GCP IAM policies, including organization policies
- GCP IAM best practices
Module 4: Configuring Google Virtual Private Cloud for Isolation and Security
- Configuring VPC firewalls (both ingress and egress rules)
- Load balancing and SSL policies
- Private Google API access
- SSL proxy use
- Best practices for structuring VPC networks
- Best security practices for VPNs
- Security considerations for interconnect and peering options
- Available security products from partners
Module 5: Monitoring, Logging, Auditing, and Scanning
- Stackdriver monitoring and logging
- VPC flow logs
- Cloud audit logging
- Deploying and Using Forseti
Module 6: Securing Compute Engine: techniques and best practices
- Compute Engine service accounts, default and customer-defined
- IAM roles for VMs
- API scopes for VMs
- Managing SSH keys for Linux VMs
- Managing RDP logins for Windows VMs
- Organization policy controls: trusted images, public IP address, disabling serial port
- Encrypting VM images with customer-managed encryption keys and with customer-supplied encryption keys
- Finding and remediating public access to VMs
- VM best practices
- Encrypting VM disks with customer-supplied encryption keys
Module 7: Securing cloud data: techniques and best practices
- Cloud Storage and IAM permissions
- Cloud Storage and ACLs
- Auditing cloud data, including finding and remediating publicly accessible data
- Signed Cloud Storage URLs
- Signed policy documents
- Encrypting Cloud Storage objects with customer-managed encryption keys and with customer-supplied encryption keys
- Best practices, including deleting archived versions of objects after key rotation
- BigQuery authorized views
- BigQuery IAM roles
- Best practices, including preferring IAM permissions over ACLs
Module 8: Protecting against Distributed Denial of Service Attacks: techniques and best practices
- How DDoS attacks work
- Mitigations: GCLB, Cloud CDN, autoscaling, VPC ingress and egress firewalls, Cloud Armor
- Types of complementary partner products
Module 9: Application Security: techniques and best practices
- Types of application security vulnerabilities
- DoS protections in App Engine and Cloud Functions
- Cloud Security Scanner
- Threat: Identity and Oauth phishing
- Identity Aware Proxy
Module 10: Content-related vulnerabilities: techniques and best practices
- Threat: Ransomware
- Mitigations: Backups, IAM, Data Loss Prevention API
- Threats: Data misuse, privacy violations, sensitive/restricted/unacceptable content
- Mitigations: Classifying content using Cloud ML APIs; scanning and redacting data using Data Loss Prevention API
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