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AWS Certified Security – Speciality

The AWS Security certification validates an individual’s ability to create and implement security solutions in the AWS Cloud. This certification also validates the understanding of specialized data classifications, AWS Data protection mechanisms, data encryption methods, secure internet protocols and AWS mechanisms to implement all of these

AWS Certified Security – Specialty is intended for experienced individuals who have around five years of IT security experience in designing and implementing security solutions along with two or more years of hands-on experience in securing AWS workloads. This certification complements the skills and expertise required for multiple job roles across cloud architecture, database, networking, and DevSecOps.

AWS Certified Security – Speciality

Who should take this exam?

The target candidate should have the equivalent of 3–5 years of experience in designing and implementing security solutions. Additionally, the target candidate should have a minimum of 2 years of hands-on experience in securing AWS workloads.

Recommended AWS knowledge
The target candidate should have the following knowledge:

  • The AWS shared responsibility model and its application
  • General knowledge of AWS services and deploying cloud solutions
  • Security controls for AWS environments and workloads
  • Logging and monitoring strategies
  • Vulnerability management and security automation
  • Ways to integrate AWS security services with third-party tools
  • Disaster recovery controls, including backup strategies
  • Cryptography and key management
  • Identity access management
  • Data retention and lifecycle management
  • How to troubleshoot security issues
  • Multi-account governance and organizational compliance
  • Threat detection and incident response strategies

Exam Overview

Level: Speciality

Length: 170 minutes to complete the exam

Cost: 300 USD

Format: 65 questions; either multiple choice or multiple response

Delivery Method: Pearson VUE and PSI; testing center or online proctored exam

Exam Content

Response types
There are two types of questions on the exam:

  • Multiple choice: Has one correct response and three incorrect responses (distractors)
  • Multiple response: Has two or more correct responses out of five or more
    response options

Select one or more responses that best complete the statement or answer the question. Distractors, or incorrect answers, are response options that a candidate with incomplete knowledge or skill might choose. Distractors are generally plausible responses that match the content area.
Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect; there is no penalty for guessing. The exam includes 50 questions that affect your score.

Content outline
This exam guide includes weightings, content domains, and task statements for the exam. This guide does not provide a comprehensive list of the content on the exam. However, additional context for each task statement is available to help you prepare for the exam.
The exam has the following content domains and weightings:

  • Domain 1: Threat Detection and Incident Response (14% of scored content)
  • Domain 2: Security Logging and Monitoring (18% of scored content)
  • Domain 3: Infrastructure Security (20% of scored content)
  • Domain 4: Identity and Access Management (16% of scored content)
  • Domain 5: Data Protection (18% of scored content)
  • Domain 6: Management and Security Governance (14% of scored content)
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FAQs

No, there are no prerequisites to prepare for and take this certification exam. The content outline for this exam is designed for candidates new to Cloud who may not have an information technology (IT) background. Candidates for this exam could have up to 6 months of exposure to AWS Cloud, but it is not required.  

Earning this certification validates high-level understanding of AWS Cloud, services, and terminology. This certification serves as an entry point to a cloud career for candidates from non-IT backgrounds switching to cloud. Job listings requiring AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner have increased 84% (Oct 2021 – Sept 2022) per Lightcast™ October 2022. This certification is also ideal for line-of-business employees (sales, product management, project management, etc.) who want to gain cloud literacy and communicate more effectively with technical teams and customers.

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, AWS Certified Developer – Associate, and/or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate are next certifications that other cloud professionals have earned to advance further in cloud architect, cloud engineer, developer, and systems administrator roles.

This certification is valid for 3 years.

Before your certification expires, you can recertify through one of the options below:

  • Complete the new AWS Cloud Quest: Recertify Cloud Practitioner game-based learning. This guided, self-paced option is free during the beta period November 21, 2023 – May 31, 2024. No exam prep or exam is needed for this game-based recertification option.
  • Pass the latest version of the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam
  • Pass an Associate-level or Professional-level exam

Yes. Once you earn one AWS Certification, you get 50% discount on other AWS Certification exams. You can sign in and access this discount in your AWS Certification Account.

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