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23 Jan 2019 – Failed Exam – Review

Just sat for the Certified Security Specialty exam and failed. Below is a general breakdown of the questions:

*Active Directory: 8-9 questions (lots concerning mapping AD attributes to AWS permissions)

*AWS Organizations: 5-6 questions

*DynamoDB: 3-4 questions (mostly concerning storing encrypted data; what keys to use; how to encrypt/decrypt)

*Kinesis: 2-3 questions (mostly around where to dump to after being analyzed)

*Cognito: 2-3 questions

*GuardDuty: Only got 1 question

I had some references to Athena in 5-6 questions but nothing too pointed. No mention of Macie, QuickSight, or Shield (which I thought was weird). Very little CloudFront, maybe 2-3 questions mentioned it at all. Very little AWS WAF, maybe 2-3. The rest were CloudTrail/CloudWatch/AWS Config and how they work together and with Lambda/API gateway. There was an interesting bit where sometimes the "L" in CloudWatch Logs was capitalized and sometimes it wasn’t. It was hard to decipher if that was a significant detail or not (threw me off pretty good).

Will likely sit for it again in a month or so. Any tips other folks have would be greatly appreciated. I definitely look forward to seeing some updated materials for the course, as there is a ton missing. (But still lots of love, Ryan!)

1 Answers

Hi All,

And sorry to hear that you didn’t pass this time, Joshua, it is a really challenging exam but hopefully with a bit of targeted study you will nail it next time!

Just to let you know that we have begun updating the course for 2019, based on student feedback. I have added a section today (Chapter 9 – Updates For 2019) which I will continue to build out over the next few weeks to include any gaps in the course.

I have also added a lecture covering additional resources and grouping together all the best White Papers and re:Invent videos to watch.

If you have anything to contribute, please do let me know!



Guilherme Teles

When we should see the new updates for the Security Course ?

Faye Ellis

They are almost complete now, just a few to finish this week and then I’ll move on to quizzes and finally the exam simulator!

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