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Google Cloud Platform Security Fundamentals

Understanding Security in Google Cloud

Herta Nava

This course focuses on security on the Google Cloud Platform. We will explore the tools available on the platform to secure GPC’s fundamental GCP services (Compute Engine, Storage, Networking)

Cloud services is a growing market, and it will only continue to grow exponentially in the coming years. Forrester predicts that the total global public cloud market will be $178B in 2018, up 22 percent from 2017. This is an upward trend.

According to a report by Cisco, “the move to the cloud is imminent,” which again opens the space to millions of companies evaluating the move (and moving) to the cloud or between providers in the coming next few years. A recent survey by LogicMonitor on the future of the Cloud, predicts that “83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud By 2020. Therefore, there will be increasing interest to learn more about the market options, and naturally the security of those options. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is one of the leaders in cloud services.” (Forbes) The same study indicates that 35% of the respondents believe Google Cloud will gain ground in the market share in the next three years.

Although GPC is behind AWS and Azure, its aggressive marketing and resources will help them gain more terrain and important clients to increase their market share and adoption.

It is very important to know what fundamental steps are necessary to secure cloud services when using GCP as provider.

Security in the cloud is different than security on premises. Cloud services are normally managed by the service provider and so we need to rely on the tools they offer, and also understand what else we can do to secure operations in the cloud.

The topics covered will be the foundations of GCP security, how to use the Cloud Identity & Access Management tool to manage access and privileges, how to use Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) for security, and how to use the Stackdriver tool for monitoring and logging.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live, hands-on, online course, you’ll understand:

  • The fundamentals of GCP Security
  • What is the Cloud Identity & Access Management (IAM) system
  • Using Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) for Security
  • What is Stackdriver

And you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how security is enforced in GCP
  • Use GPC’s Cloud Identity & Access Management (IAM)
  • Use VPC for enforcing security
  • Use Stackdriver for monitoring and logs

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re an Information Security Specialist, Cloud Security Analyst, Cloud Architect or Engineer, and
  • You are interested in Google Cloud Platform as a service to consider for migrating all of some of your workloads
  • You want to become a Security Specialist, Cloud Security Analyst
  • You work with a company or environment that uses GCP services and want to know how Google handles security in its cloud services


  • Understand the GCP Core Infrastructure

Recommended preparation:

You may find it helpful to take either one of the following introductory courses first, though it is not required

If you wish to follow along with the instructor’s demonstration, you can sign up for a Google Cloud Platform free trial account (this is optional; a credit card is required). As part of the trial, GCP offers a 1-year $300 credit. It is recommended you sign-up for this trial no more than 30 days in advance of the course.

Recommended follow-up:

About your instructor

  • Herta Nava is a multidisciplinary professional. She is trained in Web Programming and Graphic Design, and she is also an Apple Certified Support Professional. She has combined her formal training in Linguistics with her technical training to become a high-level technical writer, translator, and reviewer. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Skills-Based Education and is working towards her Master’s Degree in Higher Education. One of the most important projects she has been involved in recently is as part of the team in charge of the localization of the Google Cloud Platform for all the languages and markets it is available in, as a member of the Google Linguistic and Localization Team, since three years ago and still ongoing. She is a Senior Reviewer for Dell EMC for its software and hardware products, and security announcements or DTAs. At the same time, she works as an independent consultant providing support for individuals and companies using Mac technologies, the Google Cloud Platform, implementing open source software such as CRM and CMS, and building e-commerce and other dynamic websites. She has authored ten online courses for an important eLearning platform for developers.


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

GCP Security Fundamentals (85 minutes)

  • Lecture: Introduction to the course and the session
  • Diagnostic survey/poll
  • Part 1 - Presentation: Fundamentals of GCP Security
  • Q&A
  • Demonstration/Hands-on Practice: Accessing GCP Console
  • 5-minute break
  • Part 2 - Presentation: Cloud Identity & Access Management (IAM)
  • Q&A
  • Demonstration/Hands-on Practice: Configuring IAM
  • Quick pulse quiz and review
  • Lecture: Summary and Additional Resources

Security Tools and Techniques (85 minutes)

  • Lecture: Introduction
  • Diagnostic survey/poll
  • Part 3 - Presentation: Using Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) for Security
  • Q&A
  • Demonstration/Hands-on Practice: Configuring VPC
  • 5-minute break
  • Part 4 - Presentation: Using Stackdriver Logging and Monitoring
  • Q&A
  • Demonstration/Hands-on Practice: Configuring Stackdriver
  • Quick pulse quiz and review
  • Lecture: Summary, overall course summary, and Additional Resources