AWS Certified Security - Specialty

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This credential helps organizations identify and develop talent with critical skills for implementing cloud initiatives. Earning AWS Certified Security – Specialty validates expertise in securing data and workloads in the AWS Cloud.

Who should take this exam?

AWS Certified Security – Specialty is intended for individuals who perform a security role and have at least two years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads. Before you take this exam, we recommend you have:

  • Five years of IT security experience in designing and implementing security solutions and at least two years of hands-on experience in securing AWS workloads
  • Working knowledge of AWS security services and features of services to provide a secure production environment and an understanding of security operations and risks
  • Knowledge of the AWS shared responsibility model and its application; security controls for workloads on AWS; logging and monitoring strategies; cloud security threat models; patch management and security automation; ways to enhance AWS security services with third-party tools and services; and disaster recovery controls, including BCP and backups, encryption, access control, and data retention
  • Understanding of specialized data classifications and AWS data protection mechanisms, data-encryption methods and AWS mechanisms to implement them, and secure internet protocols and AWS mechanisms to implement them
  • Ability to make tradeoff decisions with regard to cost, security, and deployment complexity to meet a set of application requirements

What does it take to earn this certification?

To earn this certification, you’ll need to take and pass the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam (SCS-C01). The exam features a combination of two question formats: multiple choice and multiple response. Additional information, such as the exam content outline and passing score, is in the exam guide.

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Exam overview

Level: Specialty
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

Languages offered

This exam is offered in the following languages: English, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese.

This exam will soon be available in French (France), German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish (Latin America). Learn more.

Prepare for your exam

You’ve set your goal. Now it’s time to build knowledge and skills to propel your career. Check out these resources from AWS Training and Certification that are relevant to AWS Certified Security – Specialty. We don’t require that you take any specific training before you take an exam. These recommended resources are opportunities to learn from the experts at AWS.

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