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The AWS Certified Security Specialty allows experienced cloud security professionals to demonstrate and validate their knowledge of how to secure the AWS platform.

It validates an examinee’s ability to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of specialized data classifications and AWS data protection mechanisms.
  • An understanding of data encryption methods and AWS mechanisms to implement them.
  • An understanding of secure Internet protocols and AWS mechanisms to implement them.
  • A working knowledge of AWS security services and features of services to provide a secure production environment.
  • Competency gained from two or more years of production deployment experience using AWS security services and features.
  • Ability to make tradeoff decisions with regard to cost, security, and deployment complexity given a set of application requirements.
  • An understanding of security operations and risk.

You must hold either an Associate or Cloud Practitioner certification to take this exam.

  • A minimum of five years of IT security experience designing and implementing security solutions.
  • At least two years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads.
  • Security controls for workloads on AWS.
  • Format: Multiple choice, multiple answer
  • Length: 170 minutes, 65 questions
  • Languages: English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese
  • Registration Fee: 300 USD

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