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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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7. Capitalize On Certifications Early In A Career

Certifications create differentiation, which is really fundamental for security practitioners in the early phases of their career, according to Matt Chiodi, Palo Alto Networks’ chief security officer of public cloud. But as practitioners mature in their career and gain more experience, Chiodi said the value of certifications starts to drop off unless the person is looking to pivot into a new specialty.

The AWS Certified Security – Specialty certification makes sense for organizations that are heavily invested in AWS, Chiodi said. But when it comes to maximizing the individual benefits of professional development, Chiodi said he puts more stock in broad vendor-neutral certifications.

The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professionals) has remained the most trusted certification in cybersecurity for many years, Chiodi said, while the CEH (Certified Ethical Hackers) helps practitioners better understand how hackers operate by getting them into the mindset of the adversary.

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