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How to Study for Alibaba Cloud Associate – Cloud Security Exam

In my last post I shared some tips on Alibaba Cloud Associate – Cloud Computing exam. Today will discuss about Alibaba Cloud Associate – Cloud Security Exam.

  • What is cloud Security and why it is important?

According to Wikipedia, Cloud computing security or, more simply, cloud security refers to a broad set of policies, technologies, applications, and controls utilized to protect virtualized IP, data, applications, services, and the associated infrastructure of cloud computing.

It is a sub-domain of computer security, network security, and, more broadly, information security.

As per current cloud providers they provider they offer various cloud security offering based of the services you used, primarily are:

  1. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) — Customers are responsible for securing their data and user access.
  2. Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) — Customers are responsible for securing their data, user access, and applications.
  3. Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) — Customers are responsible for securing their data, user access, applications, operating systems, and virtual network traffic.
For businesses making the transition to the cloud, robust cloud security is imperative. Security threats are constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated, and cloud computing is no less at risk than an on-premise environment. For this reason, it is essential to work with a cloud provider that offers best-in-class security that has been customized for your infrastructure.
Similarly Alibaba Cloud Security Services provides simple, secure and intelligent security services divided into Infrastructure Security, Identity Security, Business Security, Data Security and Service Security. They have various products in all of these category which are listed here.
  • About ACA Cloud Security
Alibaba Cloud Associate (ACA) – Cloud Security is a certification designed for personnel who can use Alibaba Cloud Security products. It covers Alibaba Cloud’s several security products like Server Guard, WAF, Anit-DDoS basic and Pro.
This certification assesses the certificate holders’ possession of the following capabilities: 
  1. Has general knowledge in Operating System, Cloud Computing and TCP/IP protocols. 
  2. Able to develop simple solutions and enterprise best practices based on Alibaba Cloud’s security products and business needs. 
  3. Knowledge in the use and operation of Alibaba Cloud’s ECS, VPC, Cloud Monitor, and Alibaba Cloud Security products like WAF, Security Center, Anti-DDoS basic and Premium, etc.
  • How to register for the exam
All you need to go to ACA cloud security page, and purchase the exam. Once done you will receive a test code. You need to login on PearsonVue’s Alibaba page and login with your credential and use the test code you purchased to book a slot of your choice.
  • How to prepare for exam
Alibaba Academy designed a perfect course for ACA/ACP Cloud Security exam, which is available here. Its a 480 Minutes self paced video training covering topics including Linux and Windows OS basics and operations, network fundamentals, host security, application security, network security, and data security that is sufficient to pass the exam. Alibaba currently giving a huge discount on this and available only at USD 0.99 (72.74 INR).
You need to have below knowledge to pass the exam
Alibaba Cloud-related knowledge:
  1. Understanding of the concepts of Alibaba Cloud Security related products, including WAF, Anti-DDOS basics and Premium, SSL, KMS, RAM, etc. (the same below).
  2. Aware of main application scenarios of Alibaba Cloud Security related products and know each of these products’ special usage scenario. 
  3. Familiar with operations of Alibaba Cloud Security related products, including activating, creating, configuring, starting and stopping and disabling a service.
  4. Familiar with features of Alibaba Cloud Security related products and key product implementation principles.
  5. Able to discover and resolve common issues emerged during the use of Alibaba Cloud Security related products.
General IT knowledge:
  1. Familiar with the concepts and related knowledge of Cloud Computing, such as virtualization, storage and networking.
  2. Familiar with common network protocols such as HTTP, FTP, TCP, UDP and ICMP. 
  3. Familiar with operation on Linux and Windows operating system and be able to configure network and storage related system commands 
  4. Has knowledge of network security, such as firewall policy, key encryption, access control, network security, and network attack and protection methodologies.

Its always recommended to test out everything you learn with Alibaba cloud free trial offering 40 products for Free that worth $450-$1300 USD.

Below is the pattern of ACA cloud security exam
Feel free to ping me on LinkedIn for any query regarding ACA – Cloud Security Exam.
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