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New Training: Plan for Advanced Auth Patterns at AWS

by Team Nuggets
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Published on February 19, 2021

In this 4-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer Bart Castle teaches you what to look for when designing or planning for advanced authentication options at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Gain an understanding of multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on, and integrated solutions and learn how they help extend security controls for cloud workloads. Watch this new AWS training.

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This training includes:

  • 4 videos

  • 23 minutes of training

You’ll learn these topics in this skill:

  • Demonstrating Multi-Factor Authentication

  • Identity Federation: Basics

  • Identity Federation: SSO

  • Identity Federation: Active Directory

What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a common computer authentication method, in which an application grants access to a user only after the user presents multiple forms of evidence that confirm their identity. It was created to thwart unauthorized access to systems due to compromised user credentials.

Typically, MFA evidence is in the form of something that only the user knows, such as their mother's maiden name, something that only the user possesses, such as a token, or something that uniquely defines the user, such as their fingerprint.

More advanced forms of MFA are being developed that incorporate AI and machine learning. This includes location-based authentication, which takes into account the user's geolocation or IP address, and adaptive authentication, which considers behavior. Using the latter approach, an application might deny access to someone who is doing something that they normally don't do.

MFA is not infallible. It is particularly vulnerable to phishing attacks and susceptible to both man-in-the-middle and man-in-the-browser attacks.

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