Security - Specialty Certification Preparation for AWS

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Designed specifically for students looking to gain a deep understanding of AWS security services, including the many different security mechanisms and techniques that AWS offers to secure your infrastructure and data from both internal and external threats and exposures. The AWS Certified Security - Specialty certification allows you to demonstrate and validate your AWS knowledge across security topics such as data protection and encryption, infrastructure security, incident response, identity and access management, monitoring and logging. With a blend of instructional courses, hands on labs, quizzes and a preparation exam, this Learning Path helps you prepare and master the AWS Certified Security - Specialty exam.

Benefits of achieving this certification

  • Cloud Security is crucial to ALL use cases
  • AWS certifications provide a reputable benchmark for AWS partners and practitioners
  • Ensures team members are following security best practices
  • Provides professional progression for team members
  • Contributes to AWS partner certification requirements

Intended Audience

This learning path is ideal for anyone interested in learning to recognize, explain, and implement solutions to enforce strict security controls across all levels of AWS infrastructure deployments.

Learning Objectives

This learning path will enable you to:

  • Understand the differences between each of the security services offered by AWS and how they can be used within your environment
  • Select the appropriate level of security based on your deployments and the sensitivity of your data using a variety of services
  • Implement the correct security services and mechanisms to meet business objectives and requirements
  • Understand how to select the most appropriate data protection techniques including encryption mechanisms
  • Implement logging and monitoring solutions to detect and analyze security vulnerabilities and weaknesses within your infrastructure


This learning path has been designed to take you through the numerous security services along with the different security features that are available within other AWS services. 

It begins with an introduction to the most common security service that is available, Identity & Access Management (IAM). During the first few courses and labs it looks at access management and identities, both internally and externally, covering different authentication and authorization methods. 

Next it introduces a number of AWS security services related to auditing and compliance some of which are based on Machine Learning, such as Amazon GuardDuty and Amazon Macie. 

Monitoring and logging is then covered, examining how you can use the different AWS services to monitor and track log data and use it to help you find vulnerabilities. 

Next there are a number of courses and labs that look into encryption and data protection using different services and techniques. Different encryption mechanisms are covered here across a range of common AWS services. 

Application and Network security is covered next, looking at different services and techniques that can be implemented to help protect your Web Apps along with your VPC infrastructure, again from both internal and external threats. 

Finally there are a number of courses and labs covering security best practices, governance, and risk.

What's Included

Over 31 hours of high definition video, 11 hands on labs, and a final preparation exam.


Prior to taking this Security Specialty certification you must have passed the AWS Practitioner certification or ANY of the AWS Associate level certifications


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07/06/18: Added Lab - Detecting EC2 Threats with Amazon GuardDuty


Added: How to implement & enable logging Across AWS Services (Part 1 of 2)

Added: How to implement & enable logging Across AWS Services (Part 2 of 2)


Added: Understanding S3 Encryption Mechanisms to secure your data


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Learning Path Steps

1 courses

This course explains AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM), what it is, and how to implement it.

2 labs

Learn how to create and manage IAM users, groups and policies to securely control access to AWS services and resources.

3 labs

Learn how to manage our organization using IAM Users and Groups and IAM Roles 

4 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Overview of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

5 courses

In this course, you'll learn about security mechanisms around AWS Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting, using a variety of services.

6 quizzes

Authentication, Authorization & Accounting

7 courses

This course introduces you to AWS Identity Federation and includes a demo on how to use it.

8 courses

This course provides an introduction to the AWS CloudTrail service, looking at all its features and components.

9 quizzes

AWS CloudTrail Intermediate

10 labs

Learn how to configure and use AWS CloudTrail and CloudWatch in cooperation with each other to monitor AWS infrastructure and services. Whenever an Instance is stopped or terminated and alarm will trigger (using AWS SNS) and deliver an email notification to...

11 courses

In this course, you'll learn how AWS Config allows you to have visibility of your entire AWS infrastructure from a configuration perspective.

12 quizzes

AWS Config Intermediate

13 labs

Compliance check using AWS Config Rules: See how AWS Config can enhance your security and compliance with AWS managed rules and custom rules with AWS Lambda

14 courses

In this course, you'll learn about Amazon Inspector and its components, as well as watch a demonstration on how to configure it.

15 courses

This course dives into the AWS Trusted Advisor service to explain how it works and how you can use it to benefit your AWS account.

16 labs

Follow best practices with AWS Trusted Advisor auditing your AWS environment and advising you on performance, and security improvements.

17 courses

This course explains how to protect your AWS accounts by using the intelligent threat detection service, Amazon GuardDuty.

18 labs

Learn how to use Amazon GuardDuty to automatically uncover malicious EC2 activity and configure threat lists to improve the security of your AWS environments.

19 courses

This course looks at Amazon Macie and how to customize it to gain the maximum benefit of its capabilities.

20 courses

With this course, you'll get a high-level overview of how to monitor EC2, and how to react to resource changes.

21 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to implement logging and monitoring across AWS Services including Amazon CloudWatch, CloudWatch Monitoring Agent, AWS CloudTrail Logs, and Amazon S3 Access Logs.

22 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to implement logging and monitoring across AWS Services including Amazon CloudWatch, CloudWatch Monitoring Agent, AWS CloudTrail Logs, and Amazon S3 Access Logs.

23 labs

Learn how to use CloudWatch to monitor EC2 instance logs for failed SSH attempts

24 courses

This course teaches advanced techniques for logging on AWS, going beyond the basic uses of CloudWatch Metrics, CloudWatch Logs, and health monitoring systems.

25 courses

In this course, you will learn the basics of KMS, what it will cost to implement, how to encrypt data, and more...

26 quizzes

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Intermediate

27 courses

In this course, you'll learn about the S3 encryption and decryption process for S3 Managed Keys, KMS Managed Keys, and Customer Provided Keys.

28 labs

In this lab, you'll learn about Amazon Key Management Service to encrypt S3 and EBS Data at an intermediate level. Get started today!

29 courses

This course explains how to share secrets between different AWS accounts through the use of resource-based policies and AWS Secrets Manager.

30 courses

This course gets you started with AWS CloudHSM by giving you an overview of the basics of the service, what it is, and its use cases.

31 courses

This course looks at how to secure your big data within AWS by implementing different data encryption options.

32 courses

This course takes an in-depth look at AWS Web Application Firewall Service (WAF), AWS Firewall Manager and AWS Shield.

33 courses

This course looks at how to design your AWS Virtual Private Cloud through the use of different VPC Subnet and Routing configurations.

34 labs

Learn how to increment the network security creating a public and private subnet on VPC and filter traffic using network ACL

35 courses

This course discusses the responsibility between AWS and the customer when architecting both abstract and container services

36 labs

You will learn the steps to create and apply AWS S3 Bucket Policies with embedded conditions to restrict a user's ability to perform specific functions within S3 Buckets.  

37 labs

Use Amazon Athena to query encrypted data on S3 and encrypt the query results as well.

38 courses

This course explains how to plan for the security of your application on a cloud provider.

39 quizzes

Cloud Governance, Risk and Compliance Intermediate

40 courses

This course covers the fundamentals of intrusion detection and prevention on Amazon Web Services.


In this lab, you will be assessing your ability to troubleshoot AWS networking and security issues in a production-like environment.

42 exam-filled

Preparation Exam: AWS Security Specialty Certification

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 centre and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 60++ courses relating to Cloud, most within the AWS category with a heavy focus on security and compliance

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.