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AWS Account Setup Best Practices

Published by Pearson

June 3, 2021

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time

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What you’ll learn and how you can apply it

  • How to start using AWS in a secure and cost-effective manner
  • AWS pricing and how to watch for unexpected costs
  • Access control in AWS and how to implement basic least-privilege permissions
  • Data security and the primary services used for encryption and monitoring
  • How to monitor your AWS account, with options for notifications or active remediation

Common Misunderstandings

  • There are very few controls enabled by default on a new AWS account, and beginners can find it overwhelming to implement best practices.
  • Automation itself is a best practice, but does not come easily to new cloud adopters.
  • Cost visibility and control is a desired outcome for anyone using AWS, but the way to achieve this is not always straightforward.

This live event is for you because…

  • You are a technology professional new to AWS
  • You are an existing AWS customer who wants to understand best practices
  • Anyone interested in best practice automation in AWS


  • This course is for all skill levels
  • An account in AWS so students can follow along with demonstrations if desired (
  • Basic working knowledge of cloud computing



The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing.

Securing AWS Account Access - 45m

Implementing Billing Alarms - 30m

Break 10 mins

Tagging Resources with Compliance Checks - 30m

Protecting Data In Transit and At Rest - 30m

Break 10 mins

Monitoring your AWS Account Activity - 45m Helpful Resources - 30m

Q&A – 10m

Your Instructor

  • Chad Smith

    Chad Smith has worked in IT for 25 years, starting out as a Linux administrator, progressing through operations, network and security in various roles. He is now the Principal Cloud Architect at Chad is a Certified Architect for both Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. He brings a wealth of personal experience in cloud adoption, infrastructure design, cloud operations and cloud security. He holds current AWS certifications in Architecture, SysOps, Security and Networking, as well as Google Professional Cloud Architect and Associate Cloud Engineer credentials.

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