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AWS VPCs (Virtual Private Clouds) are one of the main building 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

This means that regardless of your job role, it can be crucial that you understand how VPCs work when starting your journey with AWS or another cloud platform. Just look at all of the data breaches happening on an almost daily basis. So when you’re setting up a VPC for your infrastructure, you need to make sure that it works as expected 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 AWS VPCs with our 3 Hands-On AWS Challenges:

1. VPC Network Security

VPC Network Security Challenge for AWS VPCs

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

S3 Security Basics

Average completion time: 15 minutes

While Amazon S3 is a different service than AWS VPC, S3 is one of the most popular storage solutions in the world, and it continues to get misused often. Many applications that live within a VPC also rely on data stored in S3, so understanding how to secure your data in S3 is relevant and very important. 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

AWS Encryption Basics

Average completion time: 30 minutes

Along similar lines, understanding how to encrypt data in your databases and on your EBS volumes will help ensure that data which lives inside and outside of your VPC remains encrypted. 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! 



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