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This course examines the differences and similarities between the AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store and AWS Secrets Manager so that it is clear which one you should use when storing secrets within your AWS accounts.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to determine under what circumstance you should use one of these services over the other when it comes to the management of your secrets.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to store secrets in the most appropriate way in AWS.


To get the most out of this course, you should have some familiarity with the fundamentals of AWS and a basic understanding of secrets. 


So in this course, we covered encryption, rotation, use cases, cross-account access, parameter and secret size, and then cost.  Let’s take a look at the key point from each within a comparison table to review what we have covered.

So feel free to pause the video here to allow you to review the differences between them.

That brings me to the end of this course which explained the similarities and differences between both the Parameter Store and AWS Secrets Manager which offer similar features, but distinct differences too.

If you have any feedback on this course, positive or negative, please send an e-mail to, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time and good luck with your continued learning of cloud computing. 

Thank you. 

About the Author
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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.