Secure your cloud resources with access control


Learn about digital identities and how they can be managed and synchronized within an organization.

Learning objectives

In this module you will:

  • Explain the concept of digital identity and the purpose of a directory service
  • Describe the purpose of users and user groups in an identity-management system
  • Explain how synchronization and federation can be used to extend identities beyond organizational boundaries
  • Discuss the advantages of using guest identities to authenticate users external to the organization
  • Discuss the use of role-based access control (RBAC) to secure access to resources

This content is provided in partnership with Dr. Majd Sakr and Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Understand what cloud computing is, including cloud service models, and common cloud providers
  • Recognize cloud service models such as IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS and differentiate between them
  • Understand how cloud resource provisioning works
  • Be familiar with different approaches to organizing cloud resources