So like a few others, this is my second attempt and may have been a bit too keen before after clearing all three associates certs. This exam is definitely a step up from those in detailed knowledge.
As for area’s that were asked like others have reported IAM, VPC (more SG & NACL’s), KMS not as much as expected from other feedback and my last test, Federation again. The one that struck me from the exam and the ACG exam simulator was CloudFront more with protecting the edge as they say with certificates SSL/TLS. I got both the ACM PCA question and the one about the VaultLock API that others had mentioned in previous posts (thanks). For VaultLock have a look at the link below, as for ACM PCA didn’t really get time to look.
As to preparation. I did the ACG course, also did the Practical Event Driven course (recommended for members). Used the ACG Exam simulator more to find my weak area’s and then did a practice exam. This confirmed my weak points and went to work on those a lot. I would say have a look at the Security Pillar, read it and spend time on the docs/video’s they have as it maps surprisingly well to this cert !
I think a big one is as Faye & Ryan do mention, getting hands-on is a must. Do the labs, if you don’t understand look at the on-line guides most of these now seem to have Tutorials, Best Practices & Troubleshooting sections. If not then just having a look at the service in the AWS Console as they have introduction video’s and getting started sections.
Before the exam it was summary sections and the Security Pillar.
A big thanks to the ACG team and especially Faye & Ryan.
Congratulations, and well done on passing your exam for the AWS Certified Security – Speciality certification! That’s one hard challenge, and you’ve done a lot of work to get there. Great tips as well for anyone else looking to study this exam.
Best of luck on the next steps of your cloud journey!