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How to Get Started in Cloud Security

June 7, 2021

You’ve already got a foundation in infosec. But maybe you’re ready for something new – and ready to take your career to the next level. Wondering how can you stand out from the crowd and make your skillset essential at any enterprise? Find your niche as a cloud security expert. Keeping the cloud secure is already critical across organizations and infrastructure and will only be more important and more deeply integrated into our technology as time goes on.

At SANS & GIAC, we know practitioners need the latest cloud security skills not only to succeed in their careers, but also to carry out their mission of keeping our world safe. We’ve got the resources you need to build your cloud security career.

Explore resources to increase your awareness
Immersing yourself in the latest cloud security research is the first step to building the knowledge you need for a cloud career. Check out these free resources from SANS & GIAC for a deeper dive into the world of cloud security:

Learn from experts to broaden your knowledge
After exploring new resources and familiarizing yourself with cloud terms and tools, it’s time to begin gaining actionable knowledge to apply at work. Take it one step further by learning from cloud security experts.

Master the basics with SEC488 & GCLD
The best way to ensure you’ve got the foundational skills for a career in cloud security is by taking SANS SEC488: Cloud Security Essentials. After training, prove your skills with the GIAC Cloud Security Essentials certification. GCLD is designed to confirm your ability implement preventive, detective, and reactionary techniques to defend valuable cloud-based workloads. With this certification under your belt, you’ll be qualified for most junior-level cloud security job roles.

Build higher-level, specialized skills
Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to gain the specialized skills you need for career advancement. Are you interested in cloud architecture and infrastructure? Check out the GIAC Cloud Security Automation (GCSA) certification. Want to be the go-to public cloud and multicloud expert at your organization? Master the Big 3 with GIAC Public Cloud Security (GPCS). Do you prefer a more offensive angle? Gain cloud pen test skills with the GIAC Cloud Penetration Tester (GCPN) certification. Interested in securing web applications? Consider GIAC Web Application Defender (GWEB).

Stay in the cloud community
No matter which direction you decide to go, the important thing is to keep learning. Continue to engage with the community, whether on social media or at summits, to be the first to know about the latest developments in the field – and to share your own expertise with others who are just beginning their journey into cloud security.

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