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GIAC Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD)

Secure cloud environments confidently and lean how to master essential cloud security principles and practices to protect data and assets in cloud-based infrastructures.

course: GIAC Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD)

Duration: 5 days

Format: Virtual or Classroom

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Elevate your expertise in cloud security with the Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD) certified course. Led by industry experts, this program delivers comprehensive training to fortify cloud environments. Acquire practical skills to safeguard data and applications in the cloud. Stay ahead in the evolving field of cybersecurity with hands-on learning, and earn the sought-after GCLD certification to validate your cloud security proficiency.

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Who is this course for?

Who is the GIAC Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD) training course for?

The GIAC Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD) training course is aimed at IT professionals, security administrators, and auditors who work with cloud computing environments. The course covers fundamental concepts of cloud computing, security principles and best practices, infrastructure security, application security, data security and privacy, incident response, and cloud governance. Participants learn about cloud service models, deployment models, security controls, data protection, identity and access management, encryption, incident response procedures, and compliance considerations. By completing the training and obtaining the GCLD certification, individuals demonstrate their understanding of cloud security essentials and their ability to implement effective security measures in cloud environments, ensuring the protection of cloud-based systems and data.


What you will learn during our GIAC Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD) course.

  • Overview of cloud security concepts and challenges
  • Overview of cloud automation tools and techniques
  • Cloud security standards and frameworks (CSA, NIST, etc.)
  • Cloud security assessment methods and tools (ScoutSuite, Prowler, etc.)
  • Overview of AWS services and features
  • AWS security best practices and recommendations
  • AWS automation tools and frameworks (Terraform, CloudFormation, etc.)
  • AWS security controls and services (IAM, KMS, CloudTrail, etc.)
  • Overview of Azure services and features
  • Azure security best practices and recommendations
  • Azure automation tools and frameworks (Terraform, ARM templates, etc.)
  • Azure security controls and services (RBAC, Key Vault, Azure Monitor, etc.)
  • Overview of GCP services and features
  • GCP security best practices and recommendations
  • GCP automation tools and frameworks (Terraform, Deployment Manager, etc.)
  • GCP security controls and services (Cloud IAM, Cloud KMS, Stackdriver, etc.)
  • Overview of Kubernetes concepts and architecture
  • Kubernetes security best practices and recommendations
  • Kubernetes automation tools and frameworks (Helm, Kustomize)
  • Kubernetes security controls and services (Pod Security Policies, Network Policies, Falco)
  • Overview of cloud compliance concepts and challenges
  • Cloud compliance standards and regulations (PCI DSS, HIPAA, GDPR)
  • Cloud compliance methods and tools (InSpec, Open Policy Agent)
  • DevSecOps principles and practices (CI/CD pipelines, security testing)


How to best be prepared for our GIAC Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD) course.

  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Basic understanding of cloud computing concepts and models
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Basic familiarity with Linux and Windows operating systems and command line tools
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Basic knowledge of scripting languages such as Python, PowerShell, or Bash
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Basic knowledge of networking concepts and protocols

Meet our instructors

Meet some of the Readynez Instructors you can meet on your course. They are experts, passionate about what they do, and dedicated to give back to their industry, their field, and those who want to learn, explore, and advance in their careers.

Kevin Henry

Kevin has served for years as an authorised instructor for (ISC)2 and is renowned for his 20-year contribution to learners training for IT security skills

Kevin Henry is a well-known and highly respected expert instructor with Readynez.

Kevin has served for many years as an authorised instructor for (ISC)2 and he is renowned for his 20-year contribution to learners training for IT security skills- and certifications such as the CISSP, CSSLP, CISM, CISA and CCSP everywhere in the world.

Kevin is a force to be reckoned with, being an authorised instructor and training no less than 9.000 online learners monthly in the fields of information security and audit, in addition to the many students that attend his instructor-led courses with Readynez

He is also one of the most highly-rated instructors and most often he is given scores of 10/10 by his delegates. 


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James Rowney

James is recognised for his more than 20 years of contribution to learning and certification within IT Security.

James has worked on many large mission critical environments in some of the largest companies in their industries.

Understanding business requirements and drivers are essential to any strategy and design. Understanding environments are key to any application or infrastructure changes, both the immediate services they interface with and those beyond. A failure to satisfy Non Functional Requirements can not be fixed by a process.

Specialties: CISSP, CCSP, AWS Solution Architect Associate, TOGAF 9 certified 86080 member of The Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA) - 27519830. BCS Solution & Enterprise Architect Certified - AMBCS - 990529878, Linux RHCE V5 expired, RHCVA Unix, Storage, SAN, Netbackup, Clusters, Design and Delivery of Infrastructure.


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Friedhelm Düsterhöft

Friedhelm Düsterhöft has 30+ years of work experience in IT, Information Security and Data Privacy.

Friedhelm Düsterhöft is a Senior Information Security Consultant, Auditor, Trainer and Managing Director, and has 30+ years of work experience in IT, Information Security and Data Privacy.

He has contributed to various PECB whitepapers and articles, such as ’Information Security in Banks and Financial Institutions’, ‘What Does SIEM Stand For?’, ‘Why Organizations Fail to Pass an Audit’ and “How to Integrate ISO/IEC 27032 Cybersecurity with ISMS?’.

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FAQs for the GCLD course.

The GIAC Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD) certification validates a practitioner's ability to implement preventive, detective, and reactionary techniques to defend valuable cloud-based workloads.

Enroll in Readynez's course to ace the GCLD exam and earn certification. Tailored for individuals and teams, our training ensures success in certification exams. Let us guide you to become a certified Cloud Security Essentials professional, adept at securing cloud environments. Elevate your skills and career confidently with Readynez!

The eligibility for the cloud security training course only requires basic understanding of TCP/IP, network security, and information security principles are helpful but not required for this course. Familiarity with the Linux command line or common cloud technology concepts is a bonus.

The cost to attempt the GCLD exam is €880 according to GIAC. GIAC certifications must be renewed every four years, with registration available two years before the expiration date.

The GCLD exam syllabus includes:

Evaluation of cloud service provider similarities, differences, challenges, and opportunities Planning, deploying, hardening, and securing single and multi-cloud environments Basic cloud resource auditing, security assessment, and incident response

The GIAC Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD) certification can significantly impact your career by demonstrating expertise in cloud security. Recognized in the industry, it adds credibility and enhances your standing in roles related to cloud security. Check job requirements and industry trends to assess its relevance. GCLD can contribute to salary enhancement and provide networking opportunities, making it a valuable investment for professionals looking to advance their careers in cloud security.

The time required to become GCLD certified varies based on individual factors such as prior knowledge and study habits. On average, candidates may spend a few weeks to a few months preparing for the GCLD exam. This includes studying the exam objectives, enrolling in training programs, gaining practical experience, and taking practice tests.

All GIAC Certification exams are web-based and are required to be proctored. There are two proctoring options: remote proctoring through ProctorU, and onsite proctoring through PearsonVUE.

The difficulty of passing the Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD) exam can vary depending on your experience, knowledge, and preparation. The certification validates a practitioner's ability to implement preventive, detective, and reactionary techniques to defend valuable cloud-based workloads.

The certification exam is a proctored test with 75 questions to be completed in 2 hours. A minimum passing score of 61% is required.

GIAC certifications must be renewed every four years, with registration available two years before the expiration date.

Salaries can vary based on factors such as your location, level of experience, industry demand, and the specific job role.


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