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Cloud Computing and Virtualisation

Security in Google Cloud

  • Length 3 days
  • Version V2.0
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Why study this course

This three-day instructor-led course uses lectures, demos, and hands-on labs to teach you about a variety of Google Cloud security controls and techniques.

You’ll explore the components of Google Cloud and deploy a secure solution on the platform. You’ll also learn how to mitigate attacks at several points in a Google Cloud-based infrastructure, including distributed denial-of-service attacks, phishing attacks, and threats involving content classification and use.

This course is a continuation of the Networking in Google Cloud Platform course and assumes hands-on experience with the technologies covered in that course.

On successful completion of this course, DDLS will issue you a digital badge that you can share on your social media channels and use as part of your wider applicable certification and training transcript.

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What you’ll learn

This course teaches participants the following skills:

  • 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.

  • Securing a Kubernetes environment.

  • Scanning for and redacting sensitive data with the Data Loss Prevention API.

  • Scanning a GCP deployment with Forseti.

  • Mitigating important types of vulnerabilities, especially in public access to data and VMs.

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Who is the course for?

This course is intended for the following participants:

  • Cloud information security analysts, architects, and engineers

  • Information security/cybersecurity specialists

  • Cloud infrastructure architects.

  • Additionally, the course is intended for Google and partner field personnel who work with customers in those job roles

  • The course should also be useful to developers of cloud applications.

Course subjects

Module 1: Foundations of GCP Security

  • Understand the GCP shared security responsibility model

  • Understand Google Cloud’s approach to security

  • Understand the kinds of threats mitigated by Google and by GCP

  • Define and Understand Access Transparency and Access Approval

Module 2: Cloud Identity

  • Cloud Identity

  • Syncing with Microsoft Active Directory using Google Cloud Directory Sync

  • Using Managed Service for Microsoft Active Directory

  • Choosing between Google authentication and SAML-based SSO

  • Best practices, including DNS configuration, super admin accounts

  • Lab: Defining Users with Cloud Identity Console

Module 3: Identity, Access, and Key Management

  • GCP Resource Manager: projects, folders, and organizations

  • GCP IAM roles, including custom roles

  • GCP IAM policies, including organization policies

  • GCP IAM Labels

  • GCP IAM Recommender

  • GCP IAM Troubleshooter

  • GCP IAM Audit Logs

  • Best practices, including separation of duties and least privilege, the use of Google groups in policies, and avoiding the use of primitive roles

  • Labs: Configuring Cloud IAM, including custom roles and organization policies

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 VPC networks, including peering and shared VPC use, correct use of subnetworks

  • Best security practices for VPNs

  • Security considerations for interconnect and peering options

  • Available security products from partners

  • Defining a service perimeter, including perimeter bridges

  • Setting up private connectivity to Google APIs and services

  • Lab: Configuring VPC firewalls

Module 5: 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

  • Best practices, including using hardened custom images, custom service accounts (not the default service account), tailored API scopes, and the use of application default credentials instead of user-managed keys

  • Lab: Configuring, using, and auditing VM service accounts and scopes

  • Encrypting VM disks with customer-supplied encryption keys

  • Lab: Encrypting disks with customer-supplied encryption keys

  • Using Shielded VMs to maintain the integrity of virtual machines

Module 6: 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

  • Lab: Using customer-supplied encryption keys with Cloud Storage

  • Lab: Using customer-managed encryption keys with Cloud Storage and Cloud KMS

  • BigQuery authorized views

  • BigQuery IAM roles

  • Best practices, including preferring IAM permissions over ACLs

  • Lab: Creating a BigQuery authorized view

Module 7: Securing Applications: Techniques and Best Practices

  • Types of application security vulnerabilities

  • DoS protections in App Engine and Cloud Functions

  • Cloud Security Scanner

  • Lab: Using Cloud Security Scanner to find vulnerabilities in an App Engine application

  • Identity Aware Proxy

  • Lab: Configuring Identity Aware Proxy to protect a project

Module 8: Securing Kubernetes: Techniques and Best Practices

  • Authorization

  • Securing Workloads

  • Securing Clusters

  • Logging and Monitoring

Module 9: Protecting Against Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

  • How DDoS attacks work

  • Mitigations: GCLB, Cloud CDN, autoscaling, VPC ingress and egress firewalls, Cloud Armor (including its rules language)

  • Types of complementary partner products

  • Lab: Configuring GCLB, CDN, traffic blacklisting with Cloud Armor

Module 10: Protecting Against Content-Related Vulnerabilities

  • Threat: Ransomware

  • Mitigations: Backups, IAM, Data Loss Prevention API

  • Threats: Data misuse, privacy violations, sensitive/restricted/unacceptable content

  • Threat: Identity and Oauth phishing

  • Mitigations: Classifying content using Cloud ML APIs; scanning and redacting data using Data Loss Prevention API

  • Lab: Redacting Sensitive Data with Data Loss Prevention API

Module 11: Monitoring, Logging, Auditing, and Scanning

  • Security Command Center

  • Stackdriver monitoring and logging

  • Lab: Installing Stackdriver agents

  • Lab: Configuring and using Stackdriver monitoring and logging

  • VPC flow logs

  • Lab: Viewing and using VPC flow logs in Stackdriver

  • Cloud audit logging

  • Lab: Configuring and viewing audit logs in Stackdriver

  • Deploying and Using Forseti

  • Lab: Inventorying a Deployment with Forseti Inventory

  • Lab: Scanning a Deployment with Forseti Scanner


To get the most out of this course, participants should have:

  • Completed Google Cloud Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure or have equivalent experience

  • Completed Networking in Google Cloud Platform or have equivalent experience

  • Knowledge of foundational concepts in information security:

    • Fundamental concepts:

      • vulnerability, threat, attack surface

      • confidentiality, integrity, availability

    • Common threat types and their mitigation strategies

    • Public-key cryptography

      • Public and private key pairs

      • Certificates

      • Cipher types

      • Key width

    • Certificate authorities

    • Transport Layer Security / Secure Sockets Layer encrypted communication

    • Public key infrastructures

    • Security policy

  • 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

  • Reading comprehension of code in Python or JavaScript

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