Google Cloud Professional Cloud Security Engineer Exam

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Google Cloud Professional Cloud Security Engineer Certification (June 2021)

Disclaimer: Non official content, errors and omissions excepted

Pre Exam Notes

  • Kryterion Sentinel software (Windows/Mac) installation requires administrator rights
  • Kyterion system check - do this at least a day before to be on the safe side
  • No breaks during two hour exam
  • Do the practice exam to build some confidence
  • (Try and) get a good nights sleep before the exam
  • The exam is multiple choice, so work out the wrong answers first!!

Post Exam Notes

  • Online Kryterion exams still suck - Admin permissions for the entire machine, seriously?
  • Waiting for confirmation of the exam result is now 10 days!!
  • Swag continues to be "Out of stock"
  • Still no feedback beyond pass/fail (Grrr!)
  • 50 Questions

Google Cloud do not indicate the pass mark for the exam, but I would assume its somewhere greater than 70%.

I typically aim to be confident on 80% (i.e. 40/50) of the questions. The table below shows the spectrum of scores, but in simple terms you just need to be on the right side of 80% to be comfortable.

Percent 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
Correct 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50
Incorrect 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0

Depending on what type of person you are the above calculation may be of some use. I think about the exam result in terms of how many answers I can afford to NOT know.

Once you have read the exam overview, it should be clear this exam is meant to cover the majority of security product areas in GCP.

  • IAM
  • Encryption
  • Storage
  • Databases
  • Operations
  • Various Tools

Training Material

If you have got this far, I havent put you off taking the exam. In which case, the material I used to get ready for the exam is listed below. Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Also try and prioritise the type of material that works best for you!

Source Type Description Rating
Coursera Course Cloud Security with Google Cloud 4/5
Pluralsight Course Cloud Security with Google Cloud 4/5

Best of luck!