Yes, the AWS Certified Security – Specialty is worth it but mainly for cybersecurity personnel who specifically work with AWS workloads. If you don’t work with AWS workloads or have no cybersecurity experience whatsoever, the AWS Certified Security – Specialty may not be worth it for you. But for cybersecurity professionals trying to prove their familiarity with designing and implementing security solutions specifically for AWS workloads, it’s a very worthwhile certification.
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AWS Certified Security – Specialty (SCS-C01) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
Preparing for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty certification exam requires a well-designed course that combines the right cybersecurity facts and AWS knowledge with the actual skills and abilities of securing AWS workloads. The best way to prepare for AWS Certified Security – Specialty is online courses with videos that explain one topic at a time as well as plenty of virtual labs where you can design and implement actual security solutions in an AWS environment.
The AWS Certified Security – Specialty certification exam costs $300. The total cost of the AWS Certified Security – Specialty is $300 because you won’t have to pay for any other AWS courses or exams before you attempt it. Obviously if you’re not sure you can pass the exam on your first attempt, you should add the cost of an online course to the $300.
Yes, the AWS Certified Security – Specialty certification exam is a difficult exam. The AWS Certified Security – Specialty is such a difficult exam because of how much cybersecurity knowledge Amazon assumes you already have before trying the exam. Amazon didn’t intend for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty to be an entry-level cybersecurity exam, so it builds on advanced cybersecurity knowledge and specific implementations for AWS workloads -- that’s why it’s a fairly difficult certifying exam.
Yes, the AWS Certified Security – Specialty expires -- it expires three years from the date you pass the exam and earn the certification. All AWS certifications are valid for three years, as for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty, you can recertify by re-taking the same exam before it expires. Your AWS Certification account comes with a 50% discount voucher which you can use to take the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam again before your cert expires.