Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) - Training

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Program Overview

The Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) program was created by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), in collaboration with The Linux Foundation, to help develop the Kubernetes ecosystem.

The Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) certification is a widely recognized credential for professionals who work with Kubernetes and want to specialize in security. It validates an individual's knowledge and skills in securing containerized applications, Kubernetes platforms, and the associated infrastructure.

Certification is a key step in the growth process, allowing certified security specialists to quickly establish their credibility and value in the job market, and also allowing companies to more quickly hire high-quality teams to support their growth.

The Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) training provided by Uptut is a comprehensive program designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to secure Kubernetes clusters and workloads.

The training is delivered through a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and real-world case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to work with Kubernetes clusters and apply the security concepts they learn in a practical setting. The training is designed to be accessible to both technical and non-technical professionals, with no prior experience in Kubernetes required.

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Training Objectives

  • Gain a solid understanding of Kubernetes Architecture and Security Principles
  • Learn how to implement security controls for Kubernetes
  • Learn how to secure containerized applications running on Kubernetes
  • Learn how to implement Kubernetes security policies
  • Learn how to implement auditing and monitoring for Kubernetes environments
  • Get familiarised with  the exam objectives, format, and structure

Core training modules

  • Cluster Setup 10%
  • Use Network security policies to restrict cluster-level access, Use CIS benchmark to review the security configuration of Kubernetes components (etcd, kubelet, kubedns, kubeapi), Properly set up Ingress objects with security control, Protect node metadata and endpoints, Minimize the use of, and access to, GUI elements, Verify platform binaries before deploying
  • Cluster Hardening      15%
  • Restrict access to Kubernetes API, Use Role Based Access Controls to minimize exposure, Exercise caution in using service accounts e.g. disable defaults, minimize permissions on newly created ones, Update Kubernetes frequently
  • System Hardening       15%
  • Minimize host OS footprint (reduce attack surface), Minimize IAM roles, Minimize external access to the network, Appropriately use kernel hardening tools such as AppArmor, seccomp
  • Minimize Microservice Vulnerabilities     20%
  • Setup appropriate OS-level security domains, Manage Kubernetes secrets, Use container runtime sandboxes in multi-tenant environments (e.g. gvisor, kata containers), Implement pod-to-pod encryption by use of mTLS
  • Supply Chain Security     20%
  • Minimize base image footprint, Secure your supply chain: whitelist allowed registries, sign and validate images, Use static analysis of user workloads (e.g.Kubernetes resources, Docker files), Scan images for known vulnerabilities
  • Monitoring, Logging and Runtime Security   20%
  • Perform behavioral analytics of syscall process and file activities at the host and container level to detect malicious activities, Detect threats within physical infrastructure, apps, networks, data, users and workloads, Detect all phases of attack regardless of where it occurs and how it spreads, Perform deep analytical investigation and identification of bad actors within the environment, Ensure immutability of containers at runtime, Use Audit Logs to monitor access

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Why Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) for your business?

  • Improved Security Posture: By hiring Certified Kubernetes Security Specialists, businesses can ensure that they have the expertise necessary to implement effective security measures that protect their applications, data, and infrastructure.
  • Risk Mitigation: Certified Kubernetes Security Specialists can help businesses mitigate risk by identifying vulnerabilities and implementing the necessary security measures to protect against potential threats.
  • Improved Efficiency: With a CKS-certified professional on board, businesses can streamline their security processes and reduce the time and effort required to manage their Kubernetes environments.

Who will Benefit from this Training?

  • Kubernetes Administrators
  • Security Specialists
  • Who Is Willing to Give Cks Exam
  • Those Who Want to Master Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (cks)

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the pre-requisites for this training?
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The training does not require you to have prior skills or experience. The curriculum covers basics and progresses towards advanced topics.

2. Will my team get any practical experience with this training?
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With our focus on experiential learning, we have made the training as hands-on as possible with assignments, quizzes and capstone projects, and a lab where trainees will learn by doing tasks live.

3. What is your mode of delivery - online or on-site?
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We conduct both online and on-site training sessions. You can choose any according to the convenience of your team.

4. Will trainees get certified?
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Yes, all trainees will get certificates issued by Uptut under the guidance of industry experts.

5. What do we do if we need further support after the training?
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We have an incredible team of mentors that are available for consultations in case your team needs further assistance. Our experienced team of mentors is ready to guide your team and resolve their queries to utilize the training in the best possible way. Just book a consultation to get support.

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