Cloud security


Keeping your cloud secure means more than just adding permissions to resources. Learn about what cloud security means, including threats and cryptography.

Learning objectives

In this module you will:

  • Understand the importance of risk assessment in implementing cloud security
  • Understand how cloud customers and cloud service providers share responsibility for security
  • List some of the prominent threats to cloud security
  • Understand the role that cryptography plays in securing data
  • Understand the difference between symmetric encryption and asymmetric encryption
  • Understand how public key cryptography facilitates the secure exchange of data
  • Explain the concept of multilayered data security and why it is necessary
  • Explain some of the services offered by data-security platforms and the integrated security services offered by cloud service providers

In Partnership with Dr. Majd Sakr and Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Understand what cloud computing is, including cloud service models, and common cloud providers
  • Know the different type of clouds (public, private, hybrid)
  • Recognize cloud service models such as IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS and differentiate between them
  • Understand how cloud resource provisioning works
  • Know how data centers work and how data is stored in the cloud