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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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4. Verify Baseline Of Security Knowledge To Employer

The AWS Certified Security – Specialty ensures practitioners have the knowledge needed to set up key stores, apply identity and access management correctly, manage keys to a particular instance, and understand what life-cycle management should look like in a container environment, according to Tim Mackey, principal security strategist at Synopsys.

The certification provides a baseline of known expertise so that a company can be confident that the person managing its cloud operations knows the basic principles of delegated access and doesn’t arbitrarily allow a back door to authentication, Mackey said. The certification ensures that someone coming in knows the basics of how an AWS environment is secured and avoids things like open S3 buckets.

Mackey praised AWS’s architecture-related certifications for ensuring broad swaths of the problem space are taken care of so that a database manager or operator knows where to go to change configuration settings, Mackey said. Asking the right kinds of questions to an app owner can help businesses avoid having to clean up a mess after the fact, according to Mackey.

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