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MCSF - Cloud Services Fundamentals

The cloud has revolutionized the way that IT professionals architect, deploy, and manage ICT systems. By providing on-demand access to computing resources, the cloud enables businesses to scale their operations quickly and efficiently. Additionally, the cloud delivers a host of other benefits, including improved security, reduced costs, and increased flexibility.

The cloud is a secure platform, if used correctly. Many businesses, however, are not taking the proper precautions to ensure that their data is safe. Security vulnerabilities in the cloud can be exploited by malicious actors, and businesses need to be aware of these threats and take the necessary steps to protect their data.

The cloud radically changed the way cyber security is practiced, since IT security professionals no longer have full access to the underlying technology.

Cloud security is a relatively new field that is constantly evolving. It is important to have a basic understanding of cloud concepts and tools before you can start learning about the security aspects.

The MCSF certification validates your ability to design, build, implement, manage and administer a cloud infrastructure. Obtaining this certification proves that you have the skills necessary to be successful in a cloud-first world.

Upon achieving this certification, you will become a Cloud Practitioner. At which point, you will be ready to develop advanced cloud security skills.

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Intermediate Level MCSI Certification Beginner
ic-certificate Certification
ic-clock 600+ hours
cpe-points 183
ic-money US$450
No Expiry, No Renewals

Course Overview

The cloud is a term used to describe the global network of servers used to store and deliver digital content. It can also refer to the services used to create, manage, and deliver that content.

A common misunderstanding is that cloud services are inherently secure. However, the security of a cloud environment depends on the quality of the security controls implemented by the organization using it. That's why it's important for IT security professionals to understand how cloud services work and what security measures exist.

This certification validates your ability to design, build, implement, manage and administer a cloud infrastructure. Obtaining it proves that you have the skills necessary to be successful in a cloud-first world.

The MCSI Cloud Services Fundamentals (MCSF) certification will equip you with the skillset necessary to carry out the following tasks:

  • Understand all the core cloud concepts and key terminology
  • Deploy, configure and manage Windows and Linux machines in the cloud
  • Create virtual network zones, set boundaries and configure private networks
  • Configure and use cloud databases and cloud storage buckets
  • Secure data with server-side and client-side encryption
  • Deploy cloud Active Directory services for Windows networks
  • Configure logging, monitor key services and generate analytics
  • Deploy and configure Docker and Kubernetes

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities You Will Acquire

MCSI is one of the most respected and trusted names in cyber security education and training. Our certifications teach critical skills, knowledge and abilities needed to advance a career in cyber security. Our courses are comprehensive and up-to-date, and our instructors are experienced professionals who are dedicated to helping students learn. MCSI provides the real-world skills and knowledge you need to protect any organization from cyber threats.

  • Deploy and manage ICT services in the cloud
    • Software-as-a-Service
    • Platform-as-a-Service
    • Infrastructure-as-a-Service
    • Cloud storage
    • Containers
    • Kubernetes
    • Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
    • Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • Implement basic security in fundamental cloud services
    • Implement Identify and Access Management (IAM) security policies
    • Encrypt data in cloud buckets
    • Deploy Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • Deploy logging, monitoring and analytics
    • Capture VPC flow logs and detect malicious behaviors
    • Detect compromise AWS accounts
    • Monitor cloud resources and applications for vulnerabilities
  • Create and deploy applications in Docker and Kubernetes clusters
  • Develop cloud migration strategies
  • Transfer concepts, techniques and strategies learnt in AWS onto GCP and Azure

Career Outcomes

This certification thoroughly prepares you for the following roles:

  • Cloud Network Engineer
  • Network Management Technician
Certification Detail

MCSI certifications are highly respected and sought-after credentials in the industry. Earning an MCSI certification is a testament to your knowledge and skillset, and demonstrates your commitment to excellence. The content is cutting-edge, uniquely-designed, and hands-on. Our exercises teach in-demand skills that are immediately applicable in the field.

The certifications are valid indefinitely and do not require any renewal fees. The training is accessible without any time limits.

Syllabus

Training Modules

This course provides you with multiple training modules, each of which is designed to teach you practical skills that can help you solve important cyber problems. Each module offers exercises that will help you build your skills and capabilities.

  • MCSF-001: Cloud Lab Setup - 6 exercises
  • MCSF-101: Introduction to Cloud Computing - 20 exercises
  • MCSF-102: Networking - 16 exercises
  • MCSF-103: Storage and Databases - 18 exercises
  • MCSF-104: Security - 10 exercises
  • MCSF-105: Logging, Monitoring and Analytics - 5 exercises
  • MCSF-106: Migration - 3 exercises
  • MCSF-201: Introduction to Microsoft Azure - 3 exercises
  • MCSF-202: Introduction to Google Cloud Platform - 2 exercises
  • MCSF-301: Introduction to Containerization and Microservices - 5 exercises
  • MCSF-302: Introduction to Docker - 14 exercises
  • MCSF-303: Introduction to Kubernetes - 9 exercises

Scenarios

Cyber professionals must be ready for everything. The typical security training strategy, which focuses on individual skills and tools, is insufficient. You must be able to operate as part of a team, see the big picture, and respond swiftly and effectively to unforeseen circumstances. That's why, as part of our training, we use replays of whole cyber missions. Our scenarios help you prepare for the demands of the job and give you confidence in your ability to work professionally.

  • MCSF-SC-01: Web Hosting PaaS - 9 exercises
  • MCSF-SC-02: Serverless Computing - 4 exercises
  • MCSF-SC-03: Networking in the Cloud - 6 exercises
  • MCSF-SC-04: Docker - 7 exercises
  • MCSF-SC-05: Kubernetes - 10 exercises

Certifications

MCSI Industry Certifications are important for you to earn because they signify that you have the skills required to work in a cybersecurity. Certificates of Completion are also important to earn because they signify that you have completed an exercise. Earning Certificates of Completion and Industry Certifications demonstrates that you are willing to put in the extra work to be successful.

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MCSI's MCSF certification covers three (3) levels of the Australian Signals Directorate's Cyber Skills Framework. You will obtain a certificate upon reaching each level. Click here to learn more.

ASD Skills Proficiency Level Curriculum Completion Requirement Scenarios Completion Requirement
MCSI Cloud Services Learner Level 1 0% 0%
MCSI Novice Cloud Practitioner Level 2 50% 0%
MCSI Cloud Practitioner Level 3 80% 100%

Career Pathways

This certification aligns with the following career pathways:

Certifications are important tools to validate your skills and knowledge. They can provide you with the credentials you need to get ahead in your career.

There are many reasons why a person should select certifications that teach practical skills over an open-book theory exam. Hands-on experience is crucial in many industries, and theory exams cannot replace the real-world application of skills. Furthermore, practical skills are often more marketable than theoretical knowledge, and can help a person secure a job in their desired field. Finally, practical skills can provide a foundation for further learning, while theory exams may only teach limited information. In conclusion, selecting a certification that teaches practical skills is the best way to ensure success in today's competitive job market.

Sample Exercises

Below are three (3) exercises from the 100+ exercises available in MCSI's MCSF - Cloud Services Fundamentals:

Deploy And Configure A Content Delivery Network Using Amazon Cloudfront Within Your AWS Environment (Novice)

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Deploy And Configure CloudTrail Auditing And Demonstrate That You Can Detect Compromised AWS Service Accounts (Novice)

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Simulate A Real-World Server Migration By Converting A VMware Virtual Machine To An AWS EC2 Instance Using The Server Migration Service (Advanced Beginner)

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Our Instructors

Student exercises are reviewed and graded by multiple instructors. This one-of-a-kind approach allows you to get highly personalized input from a number of successful professionals.

MCSI's teachers bring real-world experience and knowledge to the classroom, ensuring that students have the skills they need to excel in the field of information security. Due to their extensive experience in penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, reverse engineering, incident response, digital forensics, and exploit development, students will understand the most up-to-date defensive and offensive cybersecurity strategies and procedures.

Our instructors are passionate about information security and are always looking to further their own knowledge. Students who attend an MCSI course can be confident that they are learning from some of the best in the business. They can adapt their teaching approaches to match the demands of any student, regardless of their degree of expertise.

The MCSI team strives to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date cybersecurity training available. Whether you are a seasoned security professional or new to the field, MCSI has a course that will meet your needs.

Received personalized feedback from cybersecurity experts:

  • Overcome challenges and hurdles preventing you from advancing your skills
  • Receive guidance on how to focus your training efforts and avoid wasting time
  • Learn how to meet the industry's quality standards and produce high-quality work
  • When you're stuck, go to a support forum or ask inquiries to the instructors right on the platform

Help and Support

Your submissions will be reviewed by MCSI instructors, who will provide you with personalized feedback. This input is critical since it can assist you in identifying the areas where you need to enhance your skills. The instructor's feedback will also tell you how well you did an exercise and what you can do to improve your performance even further.

Click here to see an example of personalized feedback.

To read a student's testimony about MCSI's feedback, click here.

Throughout the course, MCSI provides continuing support and assistance. Students have access to an online forum where they can communicate directly with the instructors. The exercises include a question form for students to ask for clarification, allowing them to get the most out of the course.

The exercises are written in a way that makes it clear what is expected of you. There is a description, specifications, guidelines, and quality expectations for each exercise. If you need more information, you can ask for it and expect a response within a few hours.

Whenever you encounter an exercise that could be improved, please contact us so that we can update it. Our catalog is kept very up-to-date, and students who propose enhancements typically receive a patch within one business day.

Actively Maintained Course

This course is actively maintained to ensure that it is current and error-free. We want to ensure that you have the best possible experience while taking this course, which includes having access to accurate and current information. This course is also tested for flaws on a regular basis, so you can be sure you're getting a high-quality product.

This course is constantly updated with the support of trustworthy industry peers to ensure that students are acquiring the most up-to-date information and skills. This dedication to staying ahead of the curve is what distinguishes this course as one of the greatest in the market.

Prerequisites

Training Laptop Requirement

This course can be completed on a standard training laptop. To ensure you have the necessary hardware to complete the course, your machine should meet the following specifications:

  • 64-bit Intel i5/i7 2.0+ GHz processor or equivalent
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Ability to run at least (1) virtual machine using Virtual Box, or an equivalent virtualization software
  • Windows 10 or later, macOS 10 or later, or Linux
  • Local administrator privileges
Do you support older operating systems?

Yes. Many of the exercises can be completed on older OS versions. A few of our students are successfully using older equipment to learn cyber security.

Proficiency in the English language

You must have the ability to comfortably read and understand IT documentation written in English. Ideally, they have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent).

Note: You can register for this course without having undertaken an English test.

Professional Experience

No formal professional experience in IT required.

Technical Skills

If you are new to IT then we strongly recommend that you complete our MSAF certification first.

With this certification, MCSF, we expect you to know how to deploy, configure and manage Windows and Linux machines.

Lab Environment

This course teaches you how to setup and configure your own cybersecurity lab.

There are numerous advantages to creating your own cybersecurity lab rather than paying for one. The cost savings are perhaps the most evident benefit. When compared to the expense of licensing a pre-built lab, creating your own lab can save you thousands of dollars. You also have the option of customizing the lab environment to meet your specific requirements. You can, for example, select the hardware and software that will be used in your lab.

Another advantage of setting up your own cybersecurity lab is that it allows you to learn new skills. Building a lab from the ground up necessitates knowledge of networking, system administration, and other technical subjects. This experience is invaluable in your career as a cybersecurity professional.

We frequently see students who can complete a task in a pre-built lab but cannot complete the same task at work. This is because these labs are meant to lessen work complexity, thereby creating an illusion of personal capabilities. It's also worth noting that you'll be expected to set up your own lab to test tools and techniques in the workplace. Employers may give you the resources to set up virtual computers and networks, but it will be up to you to manage the lab environment and maintain your tools.

Finally, you should know that pre-built labs are not commonly licensed by top cybersecurity professionals. They've realized that setting up a lab is simple, efficient, adaptable, cost-effective, and that it sparks creativity. It also nullifies risk of performing unauthorized actions against systems provisioned by a third-party.

Why MCSI’s MCSF Certification is World Class

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100% Hands-On

Holders of the MCSF Certification have completed 100 practical online exercises thus demonstrating that they have the skills and knowledge required to deploy and manage production ICT systems deployed in the cloud.

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Security Focused

Students who have obtained this Certification have demonstrated that they can deploy fundamental security controls to protect cloud services.

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Full Coverage

Covers technologies such as virtual machines, Active Directory, Availability Zones, Route 53, S3 Buckets, Elastic File Systems, DynamoDB, DocumentDB, Amazon Glacier, CodePipeline, CloudTrail, CloudWatch, Docker, and Kubernetes.

MCSI students have submitted over 14,000 practical online exercises since December 2018.

Enrolment and Fees

Fees

US$450 (+ GST if you're based in Australia).

Practical exercises must be completed online using MCSI's Online Learning Platform.

Cloud Services Fees

You must register free accounts with AWS, GCP and Azure to complete this training. MCSI does not provide pre-made cloud environments. The free accounts provide sufficient resources to complete all the exercises.

In the event that you do consume all the free resources, then, so long as you consistently turn-off resources after your tasks, you should incur less than $10 - $40 USD in cloud fees (per month, for the duration of the course). For more information, read the billing pages of AWS, GCP and Azure.

How to enrol

  • Step 1 - Login/Register for MCSI's Online Learning Platform
  • Step 2 - Click `Shop` from the left-side menu
  • Step 3 - Find the course, select `Buy` and proceed through the checkout process.

You can purchase the training using a Credit Card or PayPal. The training is immediately available.

Terms and Conditions

  • No discounts
  • No refunds
  • No transfers
  • No renewal fees
  • No hidden fees
  • No time limits

Cooling-Off Policy

Received a full refund if you changed your mind about a purchase within 24 hours. No questions asked. Read the full details here.

Don't Buy This Course

Don't buy this course if you think learning cyber security is simple, that it will only take a few hours, that remembering a few concepts from videos and books would be enough, or, that you should be provided with walkthroughs and solutions to practical problems instead of thinking critically for yourself.

Our competitors are misleading you by claiming that their video courses and open-book theoretical certificates will teach you everything you need to know about cyber security. We recommend that you stay away from our courses until you've realized that cybersecurity requires hundreds of hours of training against difficult challenges under the watchful eye of experts encouraging you to improve your weaknesses. Only then will you understand the value of this course and the benefits that the MCSI Method™ can bring to your career. We only want satisfied customers.

How does MCSI Compare?

If you are looking for a certification that will give you an edge in the job market, look no further than MCSI certifications. Thanks to our innovative approach, cybersecurity training is more affordable and effective than traditional methods.

MCSI Certifications Traditional Vendors Industry Conferences Conference Workshop Cybersecurity Bootcamps Cyber Ranges
Cost US$450 $5,000+ $900+ $4,000+ $10,000+ $3,000+
Hours of training 600+ hours 40-48 10+ 16-40 450 40-100
Certifications 2 1 0 0 1 0
Online Yes Some No No No Yes
practical 100% 50% 0% 50% 50% 100%
Maintenance Level High Low Low Low Low Low
free trial Yes No No No No No
Access to instructors Yes Some No Yes Yes Some

Our pricing is more affordable than our competitors because we have reinvented how cyber training is done online. Our innovative Online Learning Platform is highly effective at teaching cyber security. The platform provides a more engaging and interactive learning experience than traditional methods, which helps students learn and retain skills better. Try the free version and see for yourself.

Bloom's Taxonomy

Bloom's Taxonomy is a system for categorizing distinct stages of intellectual growth. It is used in education to assist students comprehend and learn material more effectively. MCSI teaches students how to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create at the highest levels of the taxonomy. The majority of our competitors are simply concerned with getting you to remember concepts.

The intellectual developments outlined in Bloom's Taxonomy are directly tied to your capacity to advance in your cyber security career. Employers look for people who can solve challenges that are worth paying for. With us, you'll learn practical skills that are in demand and applicable to a wide range of cyber occupations.

Industry Recognized Skills

MCSI credentials are well-respected around the world, and organisations searching for people with real cyber security abilities seek them out. Obtaining an MCSI certification verifies your understanding of critical cyber security topics as well as your ability to provide real-world results.

The ability of MCSI's training programme to give students with real-world, hands-on experience is unrivalled. Students must conduct their own research and develop their own answers in order to complete our practical exercises, which are meant to give them the skills they need to be successful in the field.

With MCSI, you will build a comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio of your skills as you complete exercises. This portfolio is a powerful tool for displaying your cybersecurity knowledge and abilities. A portfolio, as opposed to typical resumes and paper-based credentials, presents a more thorough summary of your skills and accomplishments.

Students Feedback

Here's what students say about the MCSI Method™ and our Online Learning Platform:

Student Testimonials

Information Security Professionals made a median salary of $103,590 in 2020. Cybersecurity roles are regularly ranked #1 jobs in the United States.

If you're interested in increasing your earning potential, investing in five-week in this course will give you the skills and confidence you need to apply for jobs that offer a salary of $75,000 to $150,000 per year. Why spend tens of thousands of dollars on degrees or theoretical certifications when you can develop in-demand practical skills in a shorter amount of time?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MCSI Method™?

Common Questions

  • Are solutions included in certifications and bundles?
    • No. Our method of teaching cyber security consists of challenging you with real-world problem statements that you're expected to research and solve by doing your own research. This is how you'll be expected to work in the field. When you fail an exercise, we provide you with constructive feedback to improve and try again.
  • Do the videos provides the answers to exercises?
    • No. The videos teach concepts, mindset, methodologies, procedures and professional skills such as report writing, interviewing and preparing proposals.
  • Do bundles, training content, or certificates ever expire? Am I expected to buy again in the future?
    • Upon purchase, bundles and certificates are permanently unlocked with no recurring or ongoing fees.
  • Do I need to buy the training and the certification separately?
    • No. The price provided covers both. You only pay once.
  • Do you offer any special offers and discounts?
    • We understand that many of our customers may be looking for discounts, and we would love to be able to offer them. However, we do not provide discounts because we believe that our prices are fair and reasonable. We work hard to keep our prices low, and we feel that discounts would be unfair to our other customers. We hope you understand.
  • If I can't solve the exercise where do I go for help?
  • Who reviews and marks exercises?
    • Trained cyber security instructors that work for Mossé Cyber Security Institute.
    • MCSI instructors are highly qualified and experienced professionals who are able to teach a variety of topics related to information security. They have the ability to tailor their teaching methods to meet the needs of each student, regardless of their experience level. In addition, they are always up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in information security, which enables them to provide students with the most relevant and current information.
  • We can't pay via credit card. Can you raise an invoice for international wire payment instead?
    • Yes. Send us the list of bundles and certifications you want to purchase at [email protected]
  • Can I access a trial/demo the certification programmes prior to enrolling?
    • We provide a free curriculum with 82 practical exercises you can try.
    • The Free Curriculum teaches Security Tools, Penetration Testing, Red Teaming, Threat Hunting, Cyber Defence, GRC and Windows Internals.
    • Try the Free Curriculum
  • What is an `Unofficial Curriculum`?
    • An `Unofficial Curriculum` contains MCSI's practical exercises aligned to a non-MCSI Industry Certification syllabus.
    • We offer unofficial curriculums for the OSCP, ISACA CISA, ISACA CISM, ISACA CRISC, CCT ICE, CCSAS, CCT ACE.
  • Do you provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits?
    • Yes. Every single exercise offers CPE credits. The number of credits earned depends on the difficulty of the exercise completed. Below are the CPE Credits achieve for an exercise in each difficulty:
    • Novice exercises = 1 CPE credits
    • Advanced Beginner exercises = 2 CPE credits
    • Competent exercises = 5 CPE credits
    • Proficient exercises= 8 CPE credits
    • Beyond Proficient exercises = 16 CPE credits
  • Do I need to complete an exam to receive MCSI Certification?
    • No. MCSI Certifications are completed by solving practical cybersecurity exercises.

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