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Best Cloud Security Certifications

Jan. 22, 2020

Best Cloud Security Certifications

Cloud computing is growing at an exponential rate as more large organizations continue to migrate to using different cloud services. Cloud computing allows businesses to save money and time by avoiding expenses on purchasing and maintaining equipment, and cloud computing saves time by reducing downtime. Major organizations such as Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have invested billions of dollars in cloud computing because of its benefits in data space, increased efficiency, and reliability. However, the cloud still encounters cloud security threats and each cloud has its own vulnerabilities, so it is very important to have a team of cloud security professionals to keep private data secure. This has created a huge demand for cloud security and opened thousands of opportunities in the cloud security industry. In this post, we will go over several certifications that will show employers that you are ready and prepared to work in the cloud security industry.


1. ISC(2) Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

ISC(2) is an industry leader in security certifications and offers several key cybersecurity certifications such as  CISSP and CAP. The CCSP certification provides candidates with modern-day cloud security techniques and tools. CCSP shows employers that canidates have a complete understanding of cloud security architecture, design, and operations. To successfully earn the CCSP certification you must have previous work experience of at least 5 years and pass a 125-question exam with a score of 700 out of 1000 or better. Earning a CCSP is well worth the effort and current CCSP holders earn an average salary of $100,000 – $150,000 annually.


2. CCC Professional Cloud Security Manager (PCSM)

PCSM or Professional Cloud Security Manager is provided by the Cloud Credential Council and is a very advanced certification dedicated to managers in the cloud security sector. A PCSM certification can be used to help find new jobs and it can also be used as leverage into a management position within the cloud security industry. A PCSM certification shows employers that a candidate has an excellent understanding of securing cloud services, implementing different cloud security solutions and that you are very knowledgeable in the enterprise cloud security environment. To successfully earn the PCSM certification a candidate must successfully pass a 40-question exam in 60 minutes. There are currently no prerequisites to take the PCSM exam; however, it is recommended to have 3-4 years of experience in the cloud security field or take a training Bootcamp prior to taking the exam. Currently, the average salary of a PCSM holder is around $70,000 – $160,000 annually.  


3. CompTIA Cloud +

The Cloud + certification is another very popular and recognized certification offered by, CompTIA, a very respected certification vendor. The Cloud+ certification will show employers that candidates have the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to work within the cloud security industry. This certification prioritizes and dives deep into different cloud infrastructure services and how to implement key security procedures. It is also a vendor-neutral certification that provides candidates with a solid understanding of key skills such as competency in different cloud models, infrastructure, security, resource management, and business continuity. In order to successfully earn the Cloud + certification, you must pass 90 question exams in 90 minutes with a score of 750 out of 950. There are no required prerequisites; however, having 2 or 3 years in the cloud security sector is recommended. This certification provides the best foundational value and knowledge needed to complete other cloud certifications, and the average salary of the Cloud + is $80,000 - $120,000 annually.


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