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7 Must-Have Cloud Security Certifications In 2019

Technical experts at seven of the world's leading cloud security firms provide their recommendations for which certifications they value most when making hiring decisions or mentoring subordinates.

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AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional

Associate-level certification provides a good introduction to cloud security, and indicates familiarity with compute, storage, databases and unique services in the cloud, according to Tim Jefferson, Barracuda Networks' SVP of data protection, network and application security.

But when Barracuda is looking to hire a site reliability engineer (SRE), Jefferson said the company prioritizes professional-level certificates like the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer since the more advanced level indicates that the prospective employee has hands-on keyboard skills rather than just abstract knowledge of how it should work.

A professional-level certificate indicates that the practitioner knows how to leverage independent services and write code that maximizes their benefit, Jefferson said. Given that AWS has 168 native services and counting, Jefferson said the magic of public cloud comes from tying services together.

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