Amazon GuardDuty is a managed threat detection service that continuously monitors for malicious or unauthorized behavior to help you protect your AWS accounts and workloads. Given the many log types that Amazon GuardDuty analyzes (Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Flow Logs, AWS CloudTrail, and DNS logs), you never know what it might discover in your AWS account. After enabling GuardDuty, you might quickly find serious threats lurking in your account or, preferably, just end up staring at a blank dashboard for weeks…or even longer.
A while back at an AWS Loft event, one of the customers enabled GuardDuty in their AWS account for a lab we were running. Soon after, GuardDuty alerts (findings) popped up that indicated multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances were communicating with known command and control servers. This means that GuardDuty detected activity commonly seen in the situation where an EC2 instance has been taken over as part of a botnet. The customer asked if this was part of the lab, and we explained it wasn’t and that the findings should be immediately investigated. This led to an investigation by that customer’s security team and luckily the issue was resolved quickly.
Then there was the time we spoke to a customer that had been running GuardDuty for a few days but had yet to see any findings in the dashboard. They were concerned that the service wasn’t working. We explained that the lack of findings was actually a good thing, and we discussed how to generate sample findings to test GuardDuty and their remediation pipeline.
This post, and the corresponding GitHub repository, will help prepare you for either type of experience by walking you through a threat detection and remediation scenario. The scenario will show you how to quickly enable GuardDuty, generate and examine test findings, and then review automated remediation examples using AWS Lambda.
The instructions and AWS CloudFormation template for setting everything up are provided in a GitHub repository. The CloudFormation template sets up a test environment in your AWS Account, configures everything needed to run through the scenario, generates GuardDuty findings and provides automatic remediation for the simulated threats in the scenario. All you need to do is run the CloudFormation template in the GitHub repository and then follow the instructions to investigate what occurred.
The scenario presented is that you manage an IT organization and Alice, your security engineer, has enabled GuardDuty in a production AWS Account and configured a few automated remediations. In threat detection and remediation, the standard pattern starts with a threat which is then investigated and finally remediated. These remediations can be manual or automated. Alice focused on a few specific attack vectors, which represent a small sample of what GuardDuty is capable of detecting. Alice has set all this up on Thursday but isn’t in the office on Monday. Unfortunately, as soon as you arrive at the office, GuardDuty notifies you that multiple threats have been detected (and given the automated remediation setup, these threats have been addressed but you still need to investigate.) The documentation in GitHub will guide you through the analysis of the findings and discuss how the automatic remediation works. You will also have the opportunity to manually trigger a GuardDuty finding and view that automated remediation.
The GuardDuty findings generated in the scenario are listed here:
You can get started immediately by browsing to the GitHub repository for this scenario where you will find the instructions and AWS CloudFormation template. This scenario will show you how easy it is to enable GuardDuty in addition to demonstrating some of the threats GuardDuty can discover. To learn more about Amazon GuardDuty please see the GuardDuty site and GuardDuty documentation.
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You can always view and manage your Amazon GuardDuty findings on the Findings page in the GuardDuty console or by using GuardDuty APIs with the AWS CLI or SDK. But there’s a quicker and easier way, you can use Amazon Alexa as a conversational interface to review your GuardDuty findings. With Alexa, you can build natural voice experiences and create a more intuitive way of interacting GuardDuty.
In this post, I show you how to deploy a sample custom Alexa skill and use an Alexa-enabled device, such as Amazon Echo, to get information about GuardDuty findings across your AWS accounts and regions. The information provided by this sample skill gives you a broad overview of GuardDuty finding statistics, severities, and descriptions. When you hear something interesting, you can log in to the GuardDuty console or another analysis tool to investigate the findings data.
Note: Although not covered here, you can also deploy this sample skill using Alexa for Business, which you can use to make skills available to your shared devices and enrolled users without having to publish them to the Alexa skills store.
To complete the steps in this post, make sure you have:
A basic understanding of Alexa Custom Skills, which is helpful for deploying the sample skill described here. If you’re not already familiar with Alexa custom skill concepts and terminology, you might want to review the following documentation resources.
An AWS account with GuardDuty enabled in one or more AWS regions.
Deploy the Lambda function by using the CloudFormation Template.
Create the custom skill in the Alexa developer console.
Test the skill using an Alexa-enabled device.
Deploy the Lambda function with the CloudFormation Template
For this next step, make sure you deploy the template within the AWS account you want to monitor.
To deploy the Lambda function in the N. Virginia region (see the note below), you can use the CloudFormation template provided by clicking the following link: load the supplied template. In the CloudFormation console, on the Select Template page, select Next.
Note: The following AWS regions support hosting custom Alexa skills: US East (N. Virginia), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), EU (Ireland), West (Oregon). If you want to deploy in a region other than N. Virginia, you will first need to upload the custom skill’s Lambda deployment package (zip file with code) to an S3 bucket in the selected region.
After you load the template, provide the following input parameters:
Input parameter description
Comma separated list of region Ids with NO spaces to include in flash briefing stats. At least one region is required. Make sure GuardDuty is enabled in regions declared.
Max number of findings to return in a response.
S3 Bucket where Lambda deployment package resides. Leave the default for N. Virginia.
Path in S3 bucket where Lambda deployment package resides. Leave the default for N. Virginia.
On the Specify Details page, enter the input parameters (see above), and then select Next.
On the Options page, accept the default values, and then select Next.
On the Review page, confirm the details, and then select Create. The stack will be created in approximately 2 minutes.
Create the custom skill in the Alexa developer console
In the second part of this solution implementation, you will create the skill in the Amazon Developer Console.
Sign in to the Alexa area of the Amazon Developer Console, select Your Alexa Consoles in the top right, and then select Skills.
Select Create Skill.
For the name, enter Ask Amazon GuardDuty, and then select Next.
In the Choose a model to add to your skill page, select Custom, and then select Create skill.
Select the JSON Editor and paste the contents of the alexa_ask_guardduty_skill.json file into the code editor, and overwrite the existing content. This file contains the intent schema which defines the set of intents the service can accept and process.
Select Save Model, select Build Model, and then wait for the build to complete.
When the model build is complete, on the left side, select Endpoint.
In the Endpoint page, in the Service Endpoint Type section, select AWS Lambda ARN (Amazon Resource Name).
In the Default Region field, copy and paste the value from the CloudFormation Stack Outputs key named AlexaAskGDSkillArn. Leave the default values for other options, and then select Save Endpoints.
Because you’re not publishing this skill, you don’t need to complete the Launch section of the configuration. The skill will remain in the “Development” status and will only be available for Alexa devices linked to the Amazon developer account used to create the skill. Anyone with physical access to the linked Alexa-enabled device can use the custom skill. As a best practice, I recommend that you delete the Lambda trigger created by the CloudFormation template and add a new one with Skill ID verification enabled.
Test the skill using an Alexa-enabled device
Now that you’ve deployed the sample solution, the next step is to test the skill. Make sure you’re using an Alexa-enabled device linked to the Amazon developer account used to create the skill. Before testing, if there are no current GuardDuty findings available, you can generate sample findings in the console. When you generate sample findings, GuardDuty populates your current findings list with one sample finding for each supported finding type.
You can test using the following voice commands:
“Alexa, Open GuardDuty” — Opens the skill and provides a welcome response. You can also use “Alexa, Ask GuardDuty”.
“Get flash briefing” — Provides global and regional counts for low, medium, and high severity findings. The regions declared in the FLASHREGIONS parameter are included. You can also use “Ask GuardDuty to get flash briefing” to bypass the welcome message. You can learn more about GuardDuty severity levels in the documentation.
For the next set of commands, you can specify the region, use region names such as <Virginia>, <Oregon>, <Ireland>, and so on:
“Get statistics for region” — Provides regional counts for low, medium, and high severity findings.
“Get findings for region” — Returns finding information for the requested region. The number of findings returned is configured in the MAXRESP parameter.
“Get <high/medium/low> severity findings for region” – Returns finding information with the minimum severity requested as high, medium, or low. The number of findings returned is configured in the MAXRESP parameter.
“Help” — Provides information about the skill and supported utterances. Also provides current configuration for FLASHREGIONS and MAXRESP.
You can use this sample solution to get GuardDuty statistics and findings through the Alexa conversational interface. You’ll be able to identify findings that require further investigation quickly. This solution’s code is available on GitHub.
Today, I’m very pleased to announce that AWS services comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This means that, in addition to benefiting from all of the measures that AWS already takes to maintain services security, customers can deploy AWS services as a key part of their GDPR compliance plans.
This announcement confirms we have completed the entirety of our GDPR service readiness audit, validating that all generally available services and features adhere to the high privacy bar and data protection standards required of data processors by the GDPR. We completed this work two months ahead of the May 25, 2018 enforcement deadline in order to give customers and APN partners an environment in which they can confidently build their own GDPR-compliant products, services, and solutions.
AWS’s GDPR service readiness is only part of the story; we are continuing to work alongside our customers and the AWS Partner Network (APN) to help on their journey toward GDPR compliance. Along with this announcement, I’d like to highlight the following examples of ways AWS can help you accelerate your own GDPR compliance efforts.
Security of Personal Data During our GDPR service readiness audit, our security and compliance experts confirmed that AWS has in place effective technical and organizational measures for data processors to secure personal data in accordance with the GDPR. Security remains our highest priority, and we continue to innovate and invest in a high bar for security and compliance across all global operations. Our industry-leading functionality provides the foundation for our long list of internationally-recognized certifications and accreditations, demonstrating compliance with rigorous international standards, such as ISO 27001 for technical measures, ISO 27017 for cloud security, ISO 27018 for cloud privacy, SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3, PCI DSS Level 1, and EU-specific certifications such as BSI’s Common Cloud Computing Controls Catalogue (C5). AWS continues to pursue the certifications that assist our customers.
Compliance-enabling Services Many requirements under the GDPR focus on ensuring effective control and protection of personal data. AWS services give you the capability to implement your own security measures in the ways you need in order to enable your compliance with the GDPR, including specific measures such as:
Encryption of personal data
Ability to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability, and resilience of processing systems and services
Ability to restore the availability and access to personal data in a timely manner in the event of a physical or technical incident
Processes for regularly testing, assessing, and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organizational measures for ensuring the security of processing
This is an advanced set of security and compliance services that are designed specifically to handle the requirements of the GDPR. There are numerous AWS services that have particular significance for customers focusing on GDPR compliance, including:
Amazon GuardDuty – a security service featuring intelligent threat detection and continuous monitoring
Amazon Macie – a machine learning tool to assist discovery and securing of personal data stored in Amazon S3
Amazon Inspector – an automated security assessment service to help keep applications in conformity with best security practices
AWS Config Rules – a monitoring service that dynamically checks cloud resources for compliance with security rules
Additionally, we have published a whitepaper, “Navigating GDPR Compliance on AWS,” dedicated to this topic. This paper details how to tie GDPR concepts to specific AWS services, including those relating to monitoring, data access, and key management. Furthermore, our GDPR Center will give you access to the up-to-date resources you need to tackle requirements that directly support your GDPR efforts.
Compliant DPA We offer a GDPR-compliant Data Processing Addendum (DPA), enabling you to comply with GDPR contractual obligations.
Conformity with a Code of Conduct GDPR introduces adherence to a “code of conduct” as a mechanism for demonstrating sufficient guarantees of requirements that the GDPR places on data processors. In this context, we previously announced compliance with the CISPE Code of Conduct. The CISPE Code of Conduct provides customers with additional assurances regarding their ability to fully control their data in a safe, secure, and compliant environment when they use services from providers like AWS. More detail about the CISPE Code of Conduct can be found at: https://aws.amazon.com/compliance/cispe/
Training and Summits We can provide you with training on navigating GDPR compliance using AWS services via our Professional Services team. This team has a GDPR workshop offering, which is a two-day facilitated session customized to your specific needs and challenges. We are also providing GDPR presentations during our AWS Summits in European countries, as well as San Francisco and Tokyo.
Additional Resources Finally, we have teams of compliance, data protection, and security experts, as well as the APN, helping customers across Europe prepare for running regulated workloads in the cloud as the GDPR becomes enforceable. For additional information on this, please contact your AWS Account Manager.
As we move towards May 25 and beyond, we’ll be posting a series of blogs to dive deeper into GDPR-related concepts along with how AWS can help. Please visit our GDPR Center for more information. We’re excited about being your partner in fully addressing this important regulation.
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We’re relentlessly innovating on your behalf at AWS, especially when it comes to security. Last November, we launched Amazon GuardDuty, a continuous security monitoring and threat detection service that incorporates threat intelligence, anomaly detection, and machine learning to help protect your AWS resources, including your AWS accounts. Many large customers, including General Electric, Autodesk, and MapBox, discovered these benefits and have quickly adopted the service for its ease of use and improved threat detection. In this post, I want to show you how easy it is for everyone to get started—large and small—and discuss our rapid iteration on the service.
After more than seven years at AWS, I still find myself staying up at night obsessing about unnecessary complexity. Sounds fun, right? Well, I don’t have to tell you that there’s a lot of unnecessary complexity and undifferentiated heavy lifting in security. Most security tooling requires significant care and feeding by humans. It’s often difficult to configure and manage, it’s hard to know if it’s working properly, and it’s costly to procure and run. As a result, it’s not accessible to all customers, and for those that do get their hands on it, they spend a lot of highly-skilled resources trying to keep it operating at its potential.
Even for the most skilled security teams, it can be a struggle to ensure that all resources are covered, especially in the age of virtualization, where new accounts, new resources, and new users can come and go across your organization at a rapid pace. Furthermore, attackers have come up with ingenious ways of giving you the impression your security solution is working when, in fact, it has been completely disabled.
I’ve spent a lot of time obsessing about these problems. How can we use the Cloud to not just innovate in security, but also make it easier, more affordable, and more accessible to all? Our ultimate goal is to help you better protect your AWS resources, while also freeing you up to focus on the next big project.
With GuardDuty, we really turned the screws on unnecessary complexity, distilling continuous security monitoring and threat detection down to a binary decision—it’s either on or off. That’s it. There’s no software, virtual appliances, or agents to deploy, no data sources to enable, and no complex permissions to create. You don’t have to write custom rules or become an expert at machine learning. All we ask of you is to simply turn the service on with a single-click or API call.
GuardDuty operates completely on our infrastructure, so there’s no risk of disrupting your workloads. By providing a hard hypervisor boundary between the code running in your AWS accounts and the code running in GuardDuty, we can help ensure full coverage while making it harder for a misconfiguration or an ingenious attacker to change that. When we detect something interesting, we generate a security finding and deliver it to you through the GuardDuty console and AWS CloudWatch Events. This makes it possible to simply view findings in GuardDuty or push them to an existing SIEM or workflow system. We’ve already seen customers take it a step further using AWS Lambda to automate actions such as changing security groups, isolating instances, or rotating credentials.
Now… are you ready to get started? It’s this simple:
So, you’ve got it enabled, now what can GuardDuty detect?
As soon as you enable the service, it immediately starts consuming multiple metadata streams at scale, including AWS CloudTrail, VPC Flow Logs, and DNS logs. It compares what it finds to fully managed threat intelligence feeds containing the latest malicious IPs and domains. In parallel, GuardDuty profiles all activity in your account, which allows it to learn the behavior of your resources so it can identify highly suspicious activity that suggests a threat.
The threat-intelligence-based detections can identify activity such as an EC2 instance being probed or brute-forced by an attacker. If an instance is compromised, it can detect attempts at lateral movement, communication with a known malware or command-and-control server, crypto-currency mining, or an attempt to exfiltrate data through DNS.
Where it gets more interesting is the ability to detect AWS account-focused threats. For example, if an attacker gets a hold of your AWS account credentials—say, one of your developers exposes credentials on GitHub—GuardDuty will identify unusual account behavior. For example, an unusual instance type being deployed in a region that has never been used, suspicious attempts to inventory your resources by calling unusual patterns of list APIs or describe APIs, or an effort to obscure user activity by disabling CloudTrail logging.
Our obsession with removing complexity meant making these detections fully-managed. We take on all the heavy lifting of building, maintaining, measuring, and improving the detections so that you can focus on what to do when an event does occur.
When we launched at the end of November, we had thirty-four distinct detections in GuardDuty, but we weren’t stopping there. Many of these detections are already on their second or third continuous improvement iteration. In less than three months, we’ve also added twelve more, including nine CloudTrail-based anomaly detections that identify highly suspicious activity in your accounts. These new detections intelligently catch changes to, or reconnaissance of, network, resource, user permissions, and anomalous activity in EC2, CloudTrail, and AWS console log-ins. These are detections we’ve built based on what we’ve learned from observed attack patterns across the scale of AWS.
The intelligence in these detections is built around the identification of highly sensitive AWS API calls that are invoked under one or more highly suspicious circumstances. The combination of “highly sensitive” and “highly suspicious” is important. Highly sensitive APIs are those that either change the security posture of an account by adding or elevating users, user policies, roles, or account-key IDs (AKIDs). Highly suspicious circumstances are determined from underlying models profiled at the API level by GuardDuty. The result is the ability to catch real threats, while decreasing false positives, limiting false negatives, and reducing alert-noise.
It’s still day one
As we like to say in Amazon, it’s still day one. I’m excited about what we’ve built with GuardDuty, but we’re not going to stop improving, even if you’re already happy with what we’ve built. Check out the list of new detections below and all of the GuardDuty detections in our online documentation. Keep the feedback coming as it’s what powers us at AWS.
Now, I have to stop writing because my wife tells me I have some unnecessary complexity to remove from our closet.
New GuardDuty CloudTrail-based anomaly detections
Recon:IAMUser/NetworkPermissions Situation: An IAM user invoked an API commonly used to discover the network access permissions of existing security groups, ACLs, and routes in your AWS account. Description: This finding is triggered when network configuration settings in your AWS environment are probed under suspicious circumstances. For example, if an IAM user in your AWS environment invoked the DescribeSecurityGroups API with no prior history of doing so. An attacker might use stolen credentials to perform this reconnaissance of network configuration settings before executing the next stage of their attack, which might include changing network permissions or making use of existing openings in the network configuration.
Recon:IAMUser/ResourcePermissions Situation: An IAM user invoked an API commonly used to discover the permissions associated with various resources in your AWS account. Description: This finding is triggered when resource access permissions in your AWS account are probed under suspicious circumstances. For example, if an IAM user with no prior history of doing so, invoked the DescribeInstances API. An attacker might use stolen credentials to perform this reconnaissance of your AWS resources in order to find valuable information or determine the capabilities of the credentials they already have.
Recon:IAMUser/UserPermissions Situation: An IAM user invoked an API commonly used to discover the users, groups, policies, and permissions in your AWS account. Description: This finding is triggered when user permissions in your AWS environment are probed under suspicious circumstances. For example, if an IAM user invoked the ListInstanceProfilesForRole API with no prior history of doing so. An attacker might use stolen credentials to perform this reconnaissance of your IAM users and roles to determine the capabilities of the credentials they already have or to find more permissive credentials that are vulnerable to lateral movement.
Persistence:IAMUser/NetworkPermissions Situation: An IAM user invoked an API commonly used to change the network access permissions for security groups, routes, and ACLs in your AWS account. Description: This finding is triggered when network configuration settings are changed under suspicious circumstances. For example, if an IAM user in your AWS environment invoked the CreateSecurityGroup API with no prior history of doing so. Attackers often attempt to change security groups, allowing certain inbound traffic on various ports to improve their ability to access the bot they might have planted on your EC2 instance.
Persistence:IAMUser/ResourcePermissions Situation: An IAM user invoked an API commonly used to change the security access policies of various resources in your AWS account. Description: This finding is triggered when a change is detected to policies or permissions attached to AWS resources. For example, if an IAM user in your AWS environment invoked the PutBucketPolicy API with no prior history of doing so. Some services, such as Amazon S3, support resource-attached permissions that grant one or more IAM principals access to the resource. With stolen credentials, attackers can change the policies attached to a resource, granting themselves future access to that resource.
Persistence:IAMUser/UserPermissions Situation: An IAM user invoked an API commonly used to add, modify, or delete IAM users, groups, or policies in your AWS account. Description: This finding is triggered by suspicious changes to the user-related permissions in your AWS environment. For example, if an IAM user in your AWS environment invoked the AttachUserPolicy API with no prior history of doing so. In an effort to maximize their ability to access the account even after they’ve been discovered, attackers can use stolen credentials to create new users, add access policies to existing users, create access keys, and so on. The owner of the account might notice that a particular IAM user or password was stolen and delete it from the account, but might not delete other users that were created by the fraudulently created admin IAM user, leaving their AWS account still accessible to the attacker.
ResourceConsumption:IAMUser/ComputeResources Situation: An IAM user invoked an API commonly used to launch compute resources like EC2 Instances. Description: This finding is triggered when EC2 instances in your AWS environment are launched under suspicious circumstances. For example, if an IAM user invoked the RunInstances API with no prior history of doing so. This might be an indication of an attacker using stolen credentials to access compute time (possibly for cryptocurrency mining or password cracking). It can also be an indication of an attacker using an EC2 instance in your AWS environment and its credentials to maintain access to your account.
Stealth:IAMUser/LoggingConfigurationModified Situation: An IAM user invoked an API commonly used to stop CloudTrail logging, delete existing logs, and otherwise eliminate traces of activity in your AWS account. Description: This finding is triggered when the logging configuration in your AWS account is modified under suspicious circumstances. For example, if an IAM user invoked the StopLogging API with no prior history of doing so. This can be an indication of an attacker trying to cover their tracks by eliminating any trace of their activity.
UnauthorizedAccess:IAMUser/ConsoleLogin Situation: An unusual console login by an IAM user in your AWS account was observed. Description: This finding is triggered when a console login is detected under suspicious circumstances. For example, if an IAM user invoked the ConsoleLogin API from a never-before- used client or an unusual location. This could be an indication of stolen credentials being used to gain access to your AWS account, or a valid user accessing the account in an invalid or less secure manner (for example, not over an approved VPN).
New GuardDuty threat intelligence based detections
Trojan:EC2/PhishingDomainRequest!DNS This detection occurs when an EC2 instance queries domains involved in phishing attacks.
Trojan:EC2/BlackholeTraffic!DNS This detection occurs when an EC2 instance connects to a black hole domain. Black holes refer to places in the network where incoming or outgoing traffic is silently discarded without informing the source that the data didn’t reach its intended recipient.
Trojan:EC2/DGADomainRequest.C!DNS This detection occurs when an EC2 instance queries algorithmically generated domains. Such domains are commonly used by malware and could be an indication of a compromised EC2 instance.
If you have feedback about this blog post, submit comments in the “Comments” section below. If you have questions about this blog post, start a new thread on the Amazon GuardDuty forum or contact AWS Support.
Join us for AWS Security Week, February 20–23 at the AWS Pop-up Loft in San Francisco, where you can participate in four days of themed content that will help you secure your workloads on AWS. Each day will highlight a different security and compliance topic, and will include an overview session, a customer or partner speaker, a deep dive into the day’s topic, and a hands-on lab or demos of relevant AWS or partner services.
Tuesday (February 20) will kick off the week with a day devoted to identity and governance. On Wednesday, we will dig into secure configuration and automation, including a discussion about upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements. On Thursday, we will cover threat detection and remediation, which will include an Amazon GuardDuty lab. And on Friday, we will discuss incident response on AWS.
Sessions, demos, and labs about each of these topics will be led by seasoned security professionals from AWS, who will help you understand not just the basics, but also the nuances of building applications in the AWS Cloud in a robust and secure manner. AWS subject-matter experts will be available for “Ask the Experts” sessions during breaks.
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The courses were built by AWS experts and allow you to learn AWS at your own pace, helping you to build foundational knowledge for dozens of AWS services and solutions. You can also access some more advanced training on Machine Learning and Storage.
You can browse through the available topics, enroll in one that interests you, watch it, and track your progress by looking at your transcript:
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Our newest certification exam, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, lets you validate your overall understanding of the AWS Cloud with an industry-recognized credential. It covers four domains: cloud concepts, security, technology, and billing and pricing. We recommend that you have at least six months of experience (or equivalent training) with the AWS Cloud in any role, including technical, managerial, sales, purchasing, or financial.
To help you prepare for this exam, take our new AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials course , one of the new AWS digital training courses. This course will give you an overview of cloud concepts, AWS services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. In addition to helping you validate your overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner also serves as a new prerequisite option for the Big Data Specialty and Advanced Networking Specialty certification exams.
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Go deeper with AWS security courses
To supplement your foundational training, take these security-focused courses:
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AWS Training and Certification continually evaluates and expands the training courses available to you, so be sure to visit the website regularly to explore the latest offerings.
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