As organizations move workloads to the public cloud, develop cloud-native applications, and embrace multi-cloud environments – security and the ability to mitigate cloud vulnerabilities becomes a primary concern to a fully realized cloud adoption scenario. At the same time, not all organizations have real-world experience in securely adopting or using cloud services. According to the (ISC)2 2021 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, the global cybersecurity workforce shortage is estimated to be 2.72 million worldwide. An increased focus and investment in security trainings can help close this gap significantly.
Security is core to everything we do in the cloud. OCI Security Professional certification (1z0-1104-21) aligns with real-world responsibilities and skillsets required for cloud architects and security professionals. If you use, or are planning to use OCI –even if security is not your primary focus– this certification will help you acquire a broad range of security knowledge that will be useful in your daily work.
Here are a few strategies to help prepare for the certification exam.
In this advanced-level course, you’ll gain an overview of key OCI security innovations and a deep dive into OCI-specific security services and features. Familiarizing yourself with these services and the associated skillset will be critical as you secure your cloud environments. The graphic below shows some of the OCI security services this course covers:
Start by reviewing the topics that will be covered in the exam. This exam is designed to validate:
You can safely assume that any topics not listed here are not required on the exam. For example, Oracle Identity Cloud Service (IDCS) is not a required topic for the exam and you can skip it all together. After you review the exam topics, you can dive into the free OCI Security Professional Learning Path. Here are a few things to know about the course
The learning path is your one-stop shop for getting ready to take the exam, and it includes:
The course itself is designed as separate chapters (modules). Each module consists of micro-lessons that are less than 10 minutes long and cover a specific feature/service. The ultimate goal here is to help you retain information well, and one of the most effective ways of learning and retaining new information is by recall and by asking questions. That is why the course modules include skill checks, where you can answer a question and assess your knowledge retention by getting a score. If your score is not satisfactory, you can watch a specific topic again.
The modules include:
Understanding how to implement common scenarios practically using OCI security services is a very important aspect of preparing for the exam. The OCI Security Professional course includes a free lab environment that you can use to practice and get the requisite hands-on experience with OCI services. In this blog post, I detailed in full how to gain access to our free hands-on OCI exercise environment.
What you need to know about the labs:
Focus on the OCI Security Professional course, as it covers all the exam topics and was carefully developed by Oracle’s product experts.
In addition to the training course, you should also make a practice to read our OCI documentation. OCI documentation is very comprehensive and detailed, so don’t be intimidated by its size.
My suggestion: first watch a specific topic in the training course and then read some of the details on the OCI docs site.
In addition, many learners find study groups very effective. You can find colleagues who are interested and set up time with them to comment on the course videos, skill checks, practice test, etc. Most importantly, I recommend you do the labs and duplicate the demos together. This is an effective way to learn by doing things (which brings me to the next point).
Let’s say you have gone through the course videos and completed the lab exercises. But how do you know you are ready to take the exam?
This is where practice tests and exam prep sessions come in handy. The exam prep session goes over a few sample questions that mimic the actual exam questions and include test-taking strategies. After going over the exam prep session, you should take the included practice exam –doing so will give you a good representation of the type of questions (wording, format, coverage, etc.) that might appear on the actual certification exam.
Once you are satisfied with your score on the practice test (typically, anything above 80% is a good score), you are ready to take the actual exam. Remember, the passing score for the certification exam is 66%.
That’s it! I hope you found this post useful. If there is anything else we can help with, do let us know. Good luck on the exam and on your learning journey.
Rohit Rahi, Vice President, Oracle University, leads Oracle Cloud Infrastructure global delivery, training, and certifications. He has been part of the core team that launched Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in 2016. Previously, he worked at AWS and Microsoft Azure in various roles.