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Amazon Opens Its Machine Learning University to all Developers

Offering free training, which all the big tech companies do for their own products and services, is a great way to expose potential customers to the process of using those tools. The latest move in this area is Amazon's Machine Learning University. Also: securing critical administrative accounts, a new security conference from Amazon, and tools to assist with migrations to the re-released Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

It seems one way to entice potential customers to use your services is to offer free training around them.

This week at AWS re:Invent, Amazon announced free access to the Amazon Machine Learning University for all developers. You can check out all of our AWS re:Invent coverage here.

Amazon says this is the same training its own engineers use to get up to speed on machine learning (ML) across Amazon products and services in order to understand and further development those ML tools.

More than 30 self-paced courses make up the curriculum of its Machine Learning University and include 45 hours of courses, labs, and videos. Amazon said that in addition to developers, data scientists, data platform engineers, and business professionals will all benefit from the courses.

Once you get started, each course is laid out to provide the fundamentals of machine learning and then use scenarios from real-world examples and subsequent labs to fully understand the concepts and principles behind Amazon's use of ML for solving issues such as optimizing delivery routes, whether an item is eligible for gift wrapping, or projecting potential winners in various entertainment awards based on IMDb data.

Of course, there will be access to the tools and resources on AWS to provide practice at these ML techniques.


With the recent outages to Microsoft's multi-factor authentication service creating dilemmas for organizations who lost the ability to use a second factor of authentication to log into their tenant accounts, a blog post from Microsoft's lead cybersecurity architect from the Enterprise Cybersecurity Group about securing those privileged admin accounts is very timely. This article will give you a three-stage, 90-day roadmap for implementing maximum security for those very critical accounts.

This week during AWS re:Invent 2018, Amazon announced that beginning in 2019 it will host a new conference called AWS re:Inforce which will focus on security including best practices, risk management, and other aspects of security for AWS customers. The two-day conference will be held June 25 - 26, 2018, in Boston, Mass.

Now that Windows 10 Version 1809, aka the October 2018 Update, has been re-released by Microsoft, all of the supporting documents and tools are also being updated for this sixth feature update to the operating system. One that all admins should be looking at as they consider migrating to this update is the recommended Security Baseline which covers Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019. This document provides suggested group policy objects, PowerShell scripts, and ADMX files for establishing your own baseline security profiles for your installs of the OSes.

Microsoft has also updated its Modern Desktop Deployment and Management Lab Kit which provides the software and other tools to learn about and perform a Windows 10 and Office 365 deployment. This free download uses trial versions of the software and when you download it to get started it is automatically provisioned. It makes for a safe and secure way to experiment and learn about Modern Desktop Deployment.

Google is asking prospective customers how modern their data warehouse is with a 15-minute survey and the resulting report card. The survey covers areas such as platforms, systems, and hardware you currently use to manage your business data and the results are presented immediately for your consideration.

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