Passed AWS Certified Security - Specialty

cyberguyprcyberguypr Mod Posts: 6,928 Mod
edited September 2020 in Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Passed this a week ago. 


  • Adam Cantrill’s AWS security course on Linux Academy – it’s pretty old, but a lot of the content still applies. Adam focuses on giving both exam and practical knowledge without going overboard. Highly recommended. 
  • A Cloud Guru – very good, but I feel is too fast paced and doesn’t go as deep as Adam’s course. The benefit here is that it’s been updated with never services and incorporates feedback from students that have recently passed the exam.
  • Reddit /r/AWSCertifications – great resource to see what other are doing to pass
  • Jon Bonso/Tutorial Dojo practice tests - these are GREAT. Small set, but make you think and understand the rationale
  • Whizlabs – Honestly I would skip these practice tests. I have a serious issue with the way they phrase their questions. Language is ambiguous and the sentence structure is strange. Make my brain hurt
  • Pramod Rana’s study notes: https://medium.com/@rana.miet/my-notes-for-aws-certified-security-specialty-e3fcafbfd924
  • Tutorial Dojo free study guide - https://tutorialsdojo.com/aws-certified-security-specialty-exam-study-path/


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    Neil86Neil86 Member Posts: 182 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Nice job, congrats!
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    scascscasc Member Posts: 462 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Well done, great job. I’m in two minds myself regarding this. 
    AWS, Azure, GCP, ISC2, GIAC, ISACA, TOGAF, SABSA, EC-Council, Comptia...
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    TimBakerTimBaker Registered Users Posts: 14 ■■■□□□□□□□
    @cyberguypr Congrats! How long did it take to prepare?
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    cyberguyprcyberguypr Mod Posts: 6,928 Mod
    Well, it's hard to say because I started right after I passed Solutions Architect at the end of December 2019. Some months I put zero hours, others I put a ton. I labbed every single thing multiple times, both through AWS console and CLI, as well as using Terraform so it took way longer. Can't really say how long because I didn't log hours. I may be taking a detour now to Azure due to some gigs that I have coming up. We'll see.
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    chrisonechrisone Member Posts: 2,278 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Congrats on the pass! Good luck on the Azure journey :smile:

    Certs: CISSP, EnCE, OSCP, CRTP, eCTHPv2, eCPPT, eCIR, LFCS, CEH, SPLK-1002, SC-200, SC-300, AZ-900, AZ-500, VHL:Advanced+
    2023 Cert Goals: SC-100, eCPTX
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    JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 Mod Posts: 2,835 Mod
    Congrats on the pass! That one is a tough one. 
    Have: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, eJPT, GCIA, GSEC, CCSP, CCSK, AWS CSAA, AWS CCP, OCI Foundations Associate, ITIL-F, MS Cyber Security - USF, BSBA - UF, MSISA - WGU
    Currently Working On: Python, OSCP Prep
    Next Up:​ OSCP
    Studying:​ Code Academy (Python), Bash Scripting, Virtual Hacking Lab Coursework
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