HashiCorp Certified: Vault Associate (002) Training

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    HashiCorp Certified: Vault Associate (002)

    The Vault Associate (002) Training is tailored for Cloud Engineers with expertise in security, development, or operations, who possess a solid grasp of the fundamental concepts, skills, and use cases associated with HashiCorp Vault. Candidates will be optimally prepared for this exam if they have professional experience utilizing Vault in production. However, proficiency in executing the exam objectives within a personal demo environment may also suffice. This individual comprehensively understands the enterprise features available and the limitations inherent in the Community offering. To schedule and take the exam, please visit the HashiCorp Certification Exam Portal.

    Prerequisites of Vault Associate (002) Training

    1. Basic terminal skills
    2. Basic understanding of on premise or cloud architecture
    3. Basic level of security understanding
    4. Product version tested
    5. Vault 1.6.0 and higher

    Preparing for the exam

    The Vault Associate (002) Training Certification provides both a study guide and a review guide. While a significant portion of the information in these two guides overlaps, they are presented differently to cater to different needs. If you aim to cover all the exam objectives comprehensively, utilize the study guide. Conversely, if you possess prior Vault experience and/or training and prefer to select specific objectives for review before taking the exam, opt for the review guide. Additionally, sample questions are available to help you familiarize yourself with the exam format and content.

    Renewal Options:

    1. Option 1: Retake the Same Exam: After 18 months, retake the Vault Associate exam to extend your credentials’ expiration date.
    2. Option 2: Take the Professional Level Exam: After 18 months, take the Vault Associate (002) Training Professional level exam to get a new set of credentials and extend the expiration date.

    Recertification if Expired:

    1. Retake the Vault Associate exam at any time to receive new credentials and extend the expiration date.

    Exam Details of Vault Associate (002) Training Certification

    1. Assessment Type Multiple choice for Vault Associate (002) Training Certification exam
    2. Format Online proctored
    3. Duration 1 hour
    4. Price $70.50 USD
    5. plus locally applicable taxes and fees
    6. Free retake not included
    7. Language English
    8. Expiration 2 years

    Exam Objectives of Vault Associate (002) Training

    Authentication Methods Comparison:

    1. Describe Methods: Explore available methods and their implementation.
    2. Choose Method: Understand use cases and select based on security and scalability.
    3. Human vs. System Auth: Differentiate for robust authentication strategies.

    Vault Policies Management:

    1. Value of Policies: Control access and enforce least privilege.
    2. Policy Syntax: Define paths and capabilities for granular control.
    3. Craft Policies: Write clear policies for efficient management.

    Vault Tokens Assessment:

    1. Token Overview: Understand creation, management, and policies.
    2. Service vs. Batch Tokens: Compare for optimal use cases.
    3. Root Token Lifecycle: Manage root token securely.
    4. Token Accessors: Identify and manage tokens effectively.
    5. TTL and Orphaned Tokens: Control token lifespan and manage orphaned tokens.

    Vault Leases Management:

    1. Lease ID Purpose: Understand its role in managing leases.
    2. Renew and Revoke Leases: Extend or terminate leases as needed.

    Vault Secrets Engines Comparison:

    1. Choose Secret Methods: Compare dynamic vs. static secrets.
    2. Transit Engine: Explore encryption as a service.
    3. Secrets Engines Overview: Understand integration and management.

    Vault CLI Utilization:

    • Authentication: Securely authenticate using various methods.
    • Configure and Access: Manage policies, secrets, and environment variables.
    • Enable Secret Engines: Set up and manage secret engines.

    Vault UI Utilization:

    1. Authenticate and Configure: Securely access and configure Vault UI.
    2. Access and Manage: Retrieve and manage secrets via Vault UI.

    Vault API Awareness:

    1. Authenticate and Access: Securely authenticate and retrieve secrets via Curl.

    Vault Architecture Understanding:

    1. Data Encryption and Cluster Strategy: Understand encryption and deployment models.
    2. Storage Backends and Vault Agent: Explore storage and automation components.
    3. Caching and Identities: Manage cache and access control.
    4. Shamir Secret Sharing and Replication: Enhance security and ensure redundancy.
    5. Seal/Unseal and Response Wrapping: Securely manage Vault operations.
    6. Short-Lived Secrets: Utilize dynamically generated secrets for improved security.

    Encryption as a Service Explanation:

    1. Transit Secret Engine Configuration: Setup encryption and decryption.
    2. Encrypt, Decrypt, and Rotate: Secure data and rotate keys regularly.

    Table of contents

    Chapter 1 :

    1. Course Introduction
    2. HashiCorp Vault – Course Overview

    Chapter 2 :

    1. Introduction to Vault
    2. What Is Vault?
    3. How Vault Works
    4. Why Organizations Choose Vault
    5. Benefits and Use Cases of Vault
    6. Comparing Versions of Vault

    Chapter 3 :

    1. Learning the Vault Architecture
    2. Vault Components
    3. Vault Architecture and Pathing Structure
    4. Vault Data Protection
    5. Seal and Unseal
    6. Unsealing with Key Shards
    7. Lab—Unsealing with Key Shards
    8. Unsealing with Auto Unseal
    9. Lab—Unsealing with Auto Unseal
    10. Unsealing with Transit Auto Unseal
    11. Lab—Unsealing with Transit Auto Unseal
    12. Pros and Cons of Unseal Options
    13. Vault Initialization
    14. Vault Configuration File
    15. Storage Backends
    16. Audit Devices
    17. Vault Interface

    Chapter 4 : Installing Vault

    1. Installing and Running Vault Server
    2. Lab—Installing Vault Using Packer
    3. Lab—Manually Installing Vault
    4. Running Vault Dev Server
    5. Lab—Running Vault Dev Server
    6. Running Vault Server in Production
    7. Lab—Running Vault in Production
    8. Configuring the Consul Storage Backend
    9. Configuring the Integrated Storage Backend

    Chapter 5 :

    1. Compare Authentication Methods
    2. Auth Methods—Section Overview
    3. Introduction to Auth Methods
    4. Working with Auth Methods
    5. Configuring Auth Methods Using the CLI
    6. Lab—Configuring Auth Methods Using the CLI
    7. Configuring Auth Methods Using the API
    8. Lab—Configuring Auth Methods Using the UI
    9. Vault Authentication Using the CLI
    10. Lab—Vault Authentication Using the CLI
    11. Vault Authentication Using the API
    12. Using the API Explorer
    13. Lab—Vault Authentication Using the API
    14. Lab—Vault Authentication Using the UI
    15. Vault Entities
    16. Lab—Vault Entities
    17. Vault Identity Groups
    18. Choosing an Auth Method
    19. Differentiate Human Versus System Auth Methods
    20. Lab – AppRole Auth Method
    21. Lab – Okta Auth Method
    22. Lab – UserPass Auth Method
    23. Exam Tips for Objective 1
    24. Chapter 6 : Create Vault Policies
    25. Vault Policies—Section Overview
    26. Introduction to Vault Policies
    27. Managing Policies Using the CLI
    28. Managing Policies Using the UI
    29. Managing Policies Using the API
    30. Anatomy of a Vault Policy
    31. Vault Policies—Path
    32. Vault Policies—Capabilities
    33. Customizing the Path
    34. Working with Policies
    35. Exam Tips for Objective 2

    Chapter 7 :

    1. Assess Vault Tokens
    2. Assess Vault Tokens—Section Overview
    3. Announcement—Token Update for Vault 1.10
    4. Introduction to Vault Tokens
    5. Token Hierarchy
    6. Controlling the Token Lifecycle
    7. Periodic Tokens
    8. Service Tokens with Use Limits
    9. Orphan Tokens
    10. Setting the Token Type
    11. Managing Tokens Using the CLI
    12. Managing Tokens Using the UI
    13. Managing Tokens Using the API
    14. Root Tokens
    15. Token Accessors
    16. Explaining Time-to-Live (TTL)
    17. Create a Token Based on Use Cases
    18. Exam Tips for Objective 3


    1. Compare and Configure Secrets Engines
    2. Section Overview
    3. Static Versus Dynamic Secrets
    4. Introduction to Secrets Engines
    5. Working with a Secrets Engine
    6. Configuring a Secrets Engine for Dynamic Credentials
    7. Key/Value Secrets Engine
    8. Working with KV Secrets Engine
    9. Encrypting Data with the Transit Secrets Engine
    10. Using the Transit Secrets Engine
    11. Lab—Transit Secrets Engine
    12. Lab—AWS Secrets Engine—IAM
    13. Lab—AWS Secrets Engine—Assumed_Role
    14. Lab—Key/Value (KV) Version 1 Secrets Engine
    15. Lab—Key/Value (KV) Version 2 Secrets Engine
    16. Lab—Database Secrets Engine
    17. Lab—PKI Secrets Engine
    18. Lab—TOTP Secrets Engine

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