AWS Certified Security Specialty

AWS Certified Security Specialty

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About the AWS Security Specialty

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There are no prerequisites to sit any AWS exam. However, the AWS Certified Security Specialty exam is a difficult exam that requires a solid foundation of knowledge of AWS services.

For those who do not have significant experience working with AWS technologies, it is recommended that you first pass at least one associate-level certification, such as the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate, before attempting the AWS Security Specialty exam.

Even better would be to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional exam before attempting the AWS Certified Security Specialty exam. The Security Specialty certification will be much easier if you follow this path.

How should you prepare for the AWS Certified Security Specialty exam? This is not an easy task and requires careful planning to ensure you’re fully prepared before you attempt this difficult exam.

The best way is to enroll in our Ultimate Training Package for the AWS Certified Security Specialty Certification. This will provide you with on-demand video training and practice tests (in both exam simulation and training mode). Cheat sheets are also available which summarize the key facts you need to remember for the exam.

Specialty certifications vary in difficulty with the more difficult exams being on par with the professional level AWS certifications. The AWS Certified Security Specialty exam is a bit easier than the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional exam but more difficult than any of the associate level exams.

Questions in the Security Specialty exam can be quite lengthy and complex. You MUST have a strong understanding of a broad range of AWS services before taking this course or the exam. You then need to understand how to secure these services, apply security controls, and adhere to security best practices – and this is the scope of this course.

If you follow our recommendations for passing at least one associate level exam and preferably a professional exam, you should then allocate around a month for the additional study to successfully prepare for the Security Specialty exam.

The passing score is 750 points out of 1000 points (75%). There are 65 questions in the exam and the entire time allocation is 170 minutes.

The exam cost is $300 USD. Please remember that if you’ve passed another AWS certification exam previously (which you should have!) then you will have a 50% discount coupon available in your account over at aws.training.

The learning objectives for the SCS-C01 exam are as follows:

  • Incident Response
  • Logging and Monitoring
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Data Protection

Ultimate Training Package

This popular training bundle covers everything you need to know to ace your AWS Security exam

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The AWS Certified Security Specialty (SCS-C01) is a highly sought after certification as robust security is an imperative of every organization. Many companies won’t even allow you to touch their AWS infrastructure without having completed this certification.

The AWS Certified Security Specialty certification demonstrates a strong understanding of security services, features, and best practices for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and applications running on AWS. 

To pass this challenging certification exam, you’ll need a strong understanding of identity and access management on AWS, infrastructure security best practices, data protection techniques, how to audit and monitor AWS resources, and respond to security incidents.

All of this and much more is covered in great detail in our AWS Certified Security Specialty online training so you have everything you need at your fingertips to fully prepare for this exam. We teach you through a unique combination of video lectures, guided hands-on exercises, practice questions and cheat sheets.

This is the best online training for the AWS Security Specialty certification available today and is completely up to date with the latest concepts featured on the exam.

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Our instructor-led video course combines essential theory with guided practical exercises that are backed by high-quality diagrams and references.

  • 10 hours of on-demand video training with guided hands-on exercises
  • Coverage of the latest exam topics for the SCS-C01
  • Hands-on lessons using the AWS Management Console
  • Separate theory lessons with amazing architectural diagrams
  • All diagrams, code, links, files and slides are available for download
  • Course Certificate is issued upon successful completion of the course

The video course is taught in a style that includes theory lessons with lots of visualization such as architectural diagrams and animated graphics (this is not death by bullet point).

After the theory lessons, you’ll get to put your knowledge into practical use with hands-on lessons that teach you how to use AWS and complete exercises that reflect real-world situations. Learning by doing increases knowledge retention and is the best way to ensure you build practical skills.

Test your knowledge and assess your exam readiness with practice questions that match the difficulty of the real AWS exam. 

Practice exams are delivered in 4 different formats:

  • Exam Mode – 6 sets of practice exams with 20 questions each, time limit of 55 mins, and pass mark of 75%. These are shorter than the real exam to make it more manageable when studying.
  • Training Mode – Check answers and explanations after every question (no time limit).
  • Knowledge reviews: Collection of practice questions for a specific knowledge area that allows you to focus your efforts where they’re needed most.
  • Final exam simulator – Full-length exam with 65 questions pulled randomly from our pool of questions. Same time limit (170 mins) and pass mark (75%) as the real AWS exam.

At the end of the exam, you will get a breakdown of results for each knowledge area category so you can evaluate your performance and understand your strengths and weaknesses.

For exam mode and training mode you will be presented with an overall score at the end of the exam with a pass/fail message.

For all practice exams, you get a breakdown of results for each knowledge area category so you can evaluate your performance and understand your strengths and weaknesses.

A Certificate of Achievement is issued when you score 75% and above in your online exam simulator. 

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What you'll learn [Scope & Content]

We teach you all of the skills required to successfully pass your AWS Security Specialty exam

Our AWS Certified Security Specialty training covers all knowledge areas in the exam. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the services featured on the exam today as well as a strong practical knowledge through completion of the guided hands-on lessons. 

You can then test yourself by attempting our online practice tests that reflect the style and difficulty of the real exam. We also provide cheat sheets that you can use for last-minute exam cramming.

The AWS Certified Security Specialty exam guide groups the required skills into five domains.

You’ll learn the following skills (grouped by domain):

AWS Services covered in the AWS Security Specialty exam

The following is a non-exhaustive list of key AWS services that may feature on the exam. The exam also covers additional services where security features of the services are in scope. All of these services and more are covered in our training courses for the Security Specialty certification.

  • AWS Audit Manager
  • AWS CloudTrail
  • Amazon CloudWatch
  • AWS Config
  • AWS Organizations
  • AWS Systems Manager
  • AWS Trusted Advisor
  • Amazon Detective
  • AWS Firewall Manager
  • AWS Network Firewall
  • AWS Security Hub
  • AWS Shield
  • AWS Web Application Firewall (AWS WAF)
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (AWS VPC)
    • VPC endpoints
    • Network ACLs
    • Security groups
  • AWS Certificate Manager (ACM)
  • AWS CloudHSM
  • AWS Directory Service
  • Amazon GuardDuty
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (AWS IAM)
  • Amazon Inspector
  • AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS)
  • Amazon Macie
  • AWS Single Sign-On

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We offer various purchase options to suit your budget and learning needs

If you’re looking for high-quality certification training that will fully prepare you for your AWS Certified Security Specialty exam – our Ultimate Training Package is for you.

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AWS Certified Security Specialty
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  • 10 hours of on-demand video training
  • 6 practice exams​ with 20 Questions each
  • Assess your Exam Readiness with Final Exam Simulator
  • Downloadable Training Notes (PDF) for Offline Study
  • Covering latest SCS-C01 Exam​
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Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t have any experience with cloud computing, we recommend that you first complete at least one associate-level AWS certification as those will set you up with a strong base of knowledge to build upon. 

You may also consider passing the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional exam before attempting the AWS Certified Security Specialty exam.

All of our video lessons, practice exams and training notes are regularly updated to reflect the latest AWS changes.

All diagrams, code, links and files are available for download (in PDF format). 

You also get access to all slides (PDF).

All of our self-paced AWS training courses come with 12 months access. The 12 month time frame starts from the time of purchase. During your 12 month period, you can take your training courses as many times as you like and get access to all updates at no additional costs.

Our Practice Exams are included in the ultimate training package (along with the video course and training notes) and are not offered for individual purchase. 

Exam Mode: In exam mode, you complete one full-length practice exam and answer all questions within the allotted time. You are then presented with a pass / fail score report showing your overall score and performance in each knowledge area to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

Training Mode: When taking the practice exam in training mode, you will be shown the answers and explanations for every question after clicking “check”. Upon completion of the practice exam (no time limit), the score report shows your overall score and performance in each knowledge area.

Knowledge Reviews: Now that you have identified your strengths and weaknesses, you get to dive deep into specific areas with our knowledge reviews. You are presented with a series of questions focussed on a specific topic. There is no time limit and you can view the answer to each question as you go through them.

Final Exam Simulator: The exam simulator randomly selects questions from our pool of practice questions – mimicking the real AWS exam environment. The practice exam has the same format, style, time limit and passing score as the real AWS exam.

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With practice exams, a Certificate of Achievement is issued when you score 75% and above in your online exam simulator.

A certificate of completion is issued upon successful completion of the video course.

All of our AWS training courses include guided hands-on training where you can follow along in an AWS Free Tier account. Additionally, we offer Challenge Labs for those who are looking for extensive hands-on practice opportunities to develop real-world cloud skills. Challenge Labs are scenario-based hands-on exercises that run in a secure sandbox environment. 

When you sign up for our Membership Program, you get 12 months of unlimited access to our entire library of AWS training courses (current and future).

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