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10 Tips For Making The Most Of AWS Security Certifications

Here’s a look at what type of industry experience, hands-on practice and vendor-neutral certificates employees should bring to the table to maximize the value of their AWS security certifications.

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1. Should Have At Least Mid-Career Security Skills

The AWS Certified Security – Specialist requires previous architecture and security engineering training as well as detailed knowledge of AWS workloads and technology, said Global Knowledge’s Puckett. Those pursuing the certification should have an advanced understanding of what security workloads look like on AWS as well as what’s required on AWS for those particular security controls, Puckett said.

Certificate-seekers should understand both the patching order on AWS as well as what AWS’ computational and storage systems look like, according to Puckett. Obtaining this level of skill typically requires at least five years of on-the-job training and learning in IT security as well as a year or two of concentrated exposure to AWS, Puckett said.

Sixty-five percent of AWS Certified Security – Specialist certificate-holders have at least 11 years of career experience, while just 11 percent have five years of experience or less, according to Global Knowledge data. Having knowledge across the eight pillars of cybersecurity provides holistic understanding of a company’s security operation, according to Puckett.



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