Coursera and Google Address Cloud Security Skills Shortage
Written by Sue Gee
Thursday, 24 January 2019
With so many businesses relying on the cloud for their critical assets and day to day operations, there is a growing need to proactively plan against any potential information security threats. This has revealed a skills gap with regard to cloud security which Coursera and Google are collaborating to fill.
Launched today, the Security in Google Cloud Platform Specialization on the Coursera Platform is intended to equip security-focused technical professionals, including cloud information security analysts, architects, and engineers as well as information security and cybersecurity specialists, with the latest knowledge of security controls and techniques on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
The specialization enables learners to:
Validate their ability to design and implement a secure infrastructure on GCP.
Explore and deploy the components of a secure Google Cloud Platform (GCP) solution, including Cloud Identity, the GCP Resource Manager, Cloud IAM, and more.
Learn mitigations 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.
A Professional Cloud Security Engineer enables organizations to design and implement a secure infrastructure on Google Cloud Platform. Through an understanding of security best practices and industry security requirements, this individual designs, develops, and manages a secure infrastructure leveraging Google security technologies. The Cloud Security Professional should be proficient in all aspects of Cloud Security including managing identity and access management, defining organizational structure and policies, using Google technologies to provide data protection, configuring network security defenses, collecting and analyzing Google Cloud Platform logs, managing incident responses, and an understanding of regulatory concerns.
The exam for this certification, which somewhat ironically has to be taken in-person at a Kryterion test center, assesses your ability to:
check Configure access within a cloud solution environment
check Configure network security
check Ensure data protection
check Manage operations within a cloud solution environment
check Ensure compliance
As a beta the test, which is longer than the final exam, costs $120, a discount of 40% in the retail price of $200.
When you enroll in the Coursera Specialization you have a 7-day free trial after which the subscription of around $40 gives access to all the courses it includes.
The first course in the new specialzation, Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure, is also the starting point for the other Google Cloud Platform Specializations that we've previously encountered and was originally introduced in March 2017. It has a star rating of 4.7 out of 5, based on feedback from more than 8,500 students. At intermediate level it requires approximately 11 hours to complete and introduces important concepts and terminology for working with the GCP.
participants explore and deploy the components of a secure GCP solution, including Cloud Identity, the GCP Resource Manager, Cloud IAM, Google Virtual Private Cloud firewalls, Google Cloud Load balancing, Cloud CDN, Cloud Storage access control technologies, Stackdriver, Security Keys, Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys, the Google Data Loss Prevention API, and Cloud Armor. Participants learn mitigations 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.
Like the other GCP specializations this one relies on Qwiklabs to give you hands-on experience.