lab challenge

Amazon S3 and Amazon Athena Challenge

Up to 1h
Get challenged in a real environmentProve your skills in a real-world, provisioned environment.
Push your limitsComplete an unguided mission within the time limit.
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Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is storage for the cloud. It's fast, flexible, reliable, and is used widely in systems built on AWS.

Amazon Athena is a query service that allows you to interrogate your data in a number of different locations, including Amazon S3.

Please note, this challenge lab assumes knowledge of Amazon S3 bucket policies. If you are unfamiliar with Amazon S3, Cloud Academy strongly recommends completing the prerequisites before attempting this challenge.

This hands-on lab challenge will test your practical ability to configure a solution in a production-like AWS environment. You will be presented with a task and set of requirements that you must fulfill to pass the challenge.

This is a real environment, which means you can prove your knowledge in an applied way, substituting multiple-choice questions for a dynamic performance-based exam situation.


March 20th, 2023 - Resolved workgroup update error


  • Query Encrypted Amazon S3 Data with Amazon Athena (Lab)
  • Using S3 Bucket Policies and Conditions to Restrict Specific Permissions (Lab)
  • Increasing Your Security Posture when Using Amazon S3 (Course)

Intended audience

  • Candidates for the AWS Certified Security Specialty certification
  • Cloud Architects
  • Data Engineers

What will be assessed

  • Amazon S3 Buckets
  • Amazon Athena

About the author

Learning paths

Andrew is a Labs Developer with previous experience in the Internet Service Provider, Audio Streaming, and CryptoCurrency industries. He has also been a DevOps Engineer and enjoys working with CI/CD and Kubernetes.

He holds multiple AWS certifications including Solutions Architect Associate and Professional.

Covered topics


Amazon S3 and Amazon Athena Challenge