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Four Top Cloud Roles and the Certs to Get You There

The right cloud credential can help you get your foot in a lucrative door.3. Cloud Security Professional


A 2018 report from Ingram Micro Cloud revealed that 83 percent of businesses prioritize a high level of security when assessing cloud solutions. The IT security landscape is altered by cloud technology — the boundary for attack is no longer the physical network, and security must focus on protecting cloud-based applications, data and identity.


On the heels of a stretch of cyber-misfortune that has seen top organisations like Yahoo! crack under pressure from massive data breaches, the need for qualified cloud security professionals is on the rise. Enterprises are now recruiting cloud security specialists to protect against threats by designing secure cloud solutions.


To break into a cloud security role, you’ll need expert knowledge of security engineering, system and network security authentication and security protocols.


Security-focused cloud certifications are few and far between, but there are some well-supported qualifications that can provide professionals with a route to build and prove their cloud security knowledge.


The CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) was created by two leading security organisations, (ISC)2 and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). This expert certification proves high-level vendor-neutral knowledge of cloud security.


IT professionals can substitute the one-year requirement by earning Cloud Security Alliance’s Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge — another viable certification for cloud security professionals — and they can replace the entire five-year requirement by earning the (ISC)² CISSP.


4. Cloud Developer


“The days of writing an application that goes down or becomes unavailable are long gone — this is simply no longer acceptable,” states IBM engineer, Dan Berg.


He’s right: Users now expect applications to be available at all times. The only way to ensure this is to build resilient and robust apps — and the Cloud provides developers with the opportunity to do this. Building a highly available app isn’t easy, however, and developers will need to first broaden their skillset.


The wide array of skills required by cloud developers is notorious and getting more complex all the time. Right now most Cloud Developer roles require knowledge of:


● .NET, particularly Microsoft Azure and/or Java and J2EE
● Python, Perl, or PHP
● Web services and APIs, as in RESTful and SOAP
● Agile practices
● Design patterns and UML
● Object-oriented programming
● Hibernate and MYBATIS


Currently, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the most desired skill set for cloud developers — unsurprising considering AWS’s large cloud market share. To prove your knowledge of cloud development on this leading platform, the AWS Certified Developer is the ideal track to choose.


You can currently only achieve the Associate level of the Certified Developer certification, but we would expect AWS to announce a Professional level in due course. Achieve this certification and you’ll prove your ability to manage and maintain applications on the AWS platform.



Alex Bennett of Firebrand TrainingAlex Bennett is a technical writer for Firebrand Training. Working at the forefront of the IT training industry, Alex uses his insider knowledge to write regularly on IT security, networking and cloud technology.