AWS Security Specialty

AWS Security Specialty

Creating an AWS Security Specialty course involves providing participants with advanced knowledge and skills in securing AWS environments and preparing them for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam. Here’s an outline for such a course:

Course Overview:

The AWS Security Specialty course offers participants an in-depth understanding of AWS security best practices, compliance requirements, and advanced security techniques. Participants will learn how to design, implement, and manage secure AWS architectures to protect against security threats and vulnerabilities.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand advanced security concepts and principles in AWS
  • Gain proficiency in designing and implementing secure AWS architectures
  • Learn about AWS security services, tools, and features
  • Prepare for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to AWS Security
  • Overview of cloud security fundamentals
  • Understanding the shared responsibility model in AWS
  • Overview of AWS security services and features

Identity and Access Management (IAM)

  • Advanced IAM concepts: roles, policies, permissions boundaries
  • Implementing fine-grained access control with IAM
  • Best practices for securing IAM resources

Security Compliance and Governance

  • Overview of AWS compliance programs: GDPR, HIPAA, SOC, etc.
  • Configuring and monitoring compliance controls in AWS
  • Implementing governance best practices with AWS Config and AWS Organizations

Data Protection and Encryption

  • Implementing encryption at rest and in transit with AWS KMS, S3, and SSL/TLS
  • Managing encryption keys and key rotation
  • Best practices for protecting data in AWS

Network Security

  • Securing VPCs and subnets with security groups and network ACLs
  • Implementing network security best practices: bastion hosts, VPNs, etc.
  • Monitoring and detecting network security threats with VPC Flow Logs and AWS GuardDuty

Security Monitoring and Incident Response

  • Setting up centralized logging and monitoring with AWS CloudTrail and CloudWatch
  • Configuring alarms and notifications for security events
  • Implementing incident response procedures and best practices

Application Security

  • Securing application deployments with AWS WAF and AWS Shield
  • Implementing security best practices for serverless applications (AWS Lambda, API Gateway)
  • Protecting against common application security threats: XSS, SQL injection, etc.

Security Automation and Orchestration

  • Automating security tasks with AWS Lambda and AWS Systems Manager
  • Using AWS Config Rules for automated compliance checks
  • Orchestrating security workflows with AWS Step Functions

Threat Detection and Prevention

  • Implementing threat detection strategies with AWS services
  • Configuring AWS Security Hub and Amazon Inspector for vulnerability assessment
  • Implementing intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS) with AWS services

Security Testing and Assessment

  • Conducting security assessments and penetration testing in AWS
  • Using AWS tools and services for vulnerability scanning and assessment
  • Implementing best practices for security testing and assessment

Secure DevOps Practices

  • Integrating security into DevOps processes and workflows
  • Implementing infrastructure as code security with AWS CloudFormation
  • Using AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeBuild for secure CI/CD pipelines

Security Architecture and Design

  • Designing secure AWS architectures based on industry best practices
  • Applying security design patterns and principles to AWS environments
  • Reviewing and assessing security architectures for compliance and risk management

Exam Preparation and Practice

  • Tips and strategies for preparing for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam
  • Practice exams and quizzes to assess readiness
  • Guidance on exam registration and scheduling
  • Case Studies and Real-World Scenarios
  • Real-world case studies illustrating security challenges and solutions in AWS environments
  • Analyzing security incidents and breaches in AWS
  • Applying AWS security best practices to solve practical security problems


  • Prior experience with AWS services and security concepts
  • Familiarity with networking, encryption, and compliance requirements
  • Recommended: Completion of AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate or AWS Certified Developer – Associate certification

Target Audience:

  • Security professionals, solutions architects, and system administrators interested in AWS security
  • IT professionals responsible for designing, implementing, and managing secure AWS architectures
  • Candidates preparing for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam


The course can be conducted over a period of 10-12 weeks, with classes scheduled for a few hours each week.


The AWS Security Specialty course equips participants with advanced knowledge and skills in securing AWS environments. By covering advanced security concepts, best practices, and exam preparation strategies, participants will be well-prepared to design, implement, and manage secure AWS architectures and pass the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam.

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