AWS Security Essentials (SEC-ESS)

AWS Security Essentials (SEC-ESS)

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Course Overview

The AWS Security Essentials (SEC-ESS) course is designed to provide participants with a foundational understanding of AWS security concepts, services, and best practices. This course is suitable for individuals who are new to AWS and want to learn about securing their AWS cloud environments. Participants will gain insights into various security topics, including data protection, identity and access management, network security, and monitoring in AWS.


There are no specific prerequisites for the AWS Security Essentials course. However, participants should have a basic understanding of cloud computing concepts and familiarity with the AWS platform.


The course combines instructor-led training, interactive discussions, and hands-on labs to deliver a comprehensive learning experience. Participants will engage in lectures, group activities, and real-world scenarios to understand the fundamental security principles and practices in an AWS environment. Hands-on labs will enable participants to apply their knowledge and gain practical experience with AWS security services.

Course Outline

Introduction to AWS Security

Overview of AWS shared responsibility model

Understanding the AWS global infrastructure and compliance programs

Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Data Protection in AWS

Implementing encryption for data at rest and in transit

Managing access to S3 buckets and objects

Configuring Amazon Macie for data discovery and classification

Securing AWS Infrastructure

Configuring network security using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Implementing security groups and network access control lists (ACLs)

Understanding AWS WAF and AWS Shield for protecting against web application attacks

Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Managing IAM users, groups, roles, and policies

Implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA)

Integrating IAM with other AWS services

Monitoring and Incident Response

Configuring logging and monitoring using AWS CloudTrail, AWS Config, and Amazon GuardDuty

Understanding incident response best practices

Using AWS CloudWatch for real-time monitoring and alerts

Security Best Practices and Services

Implementing security best practices for AWS resources

Exploring additional AWS security services such as AWS Secrets Manager, AWS Certificate Manager, etc.

Understanding the Well-Architected Framework for security

Course Outcome

Upon completion of the AWS Security Essentials course, participants will:

  • Understand the core security concepts and best practices in AWS
  • Have knowledge of various AWS security services and their functionalities
  • Be able to apply security measures to protect AWS resources and data
  • Gain insights into compliance programs and security controls in AWS
  • Have a foundational understanding of identity and access management in AWS
  • Be prepared to take the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam (optional)
  • Possess the skills to secure and monitor AWS environments effectively
  • Have practical experience through hands-on labs and exercises


The course includes hands-on labs and exercises to provide participants with practical experience in securing AWS environments. Participants will have access to the AWS Management Console and various AWS services to perform tasks such as configuring security groups, managing IAM policies, setting up logging and monitoring, and implementing data protection measures. The labs are designed to reinforce the security concepts covered in the course and allow participants to apply their knowledge in a simulated AWS environment.

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