My road to AWS Security Specialty Certification

Recently, I passed my 3rd AWS Certification i.e. AWS Certified Security Speciality Certification. It was one of the hardest AWS exams I completed till date.

Exam Preparation :

Listed below are the resources I used to prepare for SCS-C01 exam :

  • Exam Guide : Quite useful to familiarize yourself with the exam structure, sections and topics. AWS Certified Security–Specialty(SCS-C01) Exam Guide
  • Training : I used Linux Academy and Udemy courses. LA course is bit old but covers basic concept. Udemy courses are quite useful .
  • Study Guide : I used Packt Security Specialty Exam guide which covers lot of useful scenarios, practical examples and use-cases. Reference:
  • Practice Questions : Practising for all exam topics and areas is critical. AWS offers practice exam also . In addition, I used which is very thorough and provides explanation and details.
  • AWS Documentation : Very throrough documentation provided by any service provider. Don’t miss the FAQ regarding each service (especially for KMS, IAM, VPC). Reference :
  • AWS Re-Invent Videos : I highly recommend going through these videos, as they will give you enough in-depth knowledge about each service. Reference:
  • AWS Exam Sample Questions : I recommend going through AWS Exam Sample Questions to get yourself acquanited with exam structure and level of difficulty. Reference: AWS Sample Questions

Key Technology Areas :

Understanding some of the topics is extermely critical , so focus in depth on those:

  • KMS , CMK etc.
  • IAM roles
  • All kind policies (key policies, IAM policies, bucket policies etc.)
  • VPC Security esp VPC flow logs,
  • Container / EKS Security
  • CloudTrail , CloudWatch logs
  • AWS Config, AWS Inspector and related services
  • Cloud Front, AWS WAF, Systems Manager etc.

Know the Domains/Services :

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM):

Needless to say, Identity and Access Management is at the heart of Security. Its AAA in Cisco/Traditional sense and is most vital for securing access to your cloud resources. You should know IAM inside/out.

PreSigned URLs:

Amazon Cognito:

Final Note:

Security Speciality exam is quite hard exam as it requires you to know in-depth about different AWS services and their use-cases.

Good Luck !

Certification Verification Link :

Tariq Sheikh Administrator

Tariq Sheikh has been working in IT industry for 15 plus years He is a dual CCIEx26141 with Security,Collaboration and Data Center as his specialities as well as 4xAWS Certified . He is based in Dubai,UAE and his areas of expertise include Data Center technologies, Networking, Security and AWS solution architect

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