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Cyber Security vs Cloud

Veteran

Joseph Everett Brighton, CO

I am currently working in an application support role and am looking for guidance on how to progress into Cyber Security or Cloud support in the future. Any information to aid in the plan/decision is appreciated!

Thank you,
Joseph

1 September 2021 5 replies Career Exploration

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Advisor

Amit Chaudhary San Jose, CA

Noticed this upcoming event on cyber security by government Saas co. Fyi
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/activity:6841884143639494657

Advisor

Irene Penney Brewster, MA

Hi - In addition the other answers, I'd also suggest looking into DevSecOps and Agile development techniques which you could apply in your current application support role. Also, gaining an understanding of containers, microservices and serverless computing would be valuable for future CyberSecurity roles, "required" for Cloud and might be applicable to what you're doing currently. IBM also has a lot of training specific to both of the areas you've mentioned: https://www.ibm.com/training/learning-paths-and-collections.

I'd be happy to chat more about this, if you like.

Cheers!

Irene Penney

Advisor

Amit Chaudhary San Jose, CA

The idea is a good one, more skilled roles means less competition and more salary.

There are many companies and roles needing Cloud expertise than cyber security, more the latter roles are more deeper, programming and networking skills, etc.
The top 2 cloud providers are aws and azure. Just Within aws, it is a massive massive set of offerings, so go wide for 4 weeks, watch top videos of aws conference, then deep dive and get skillset, even certification in few, maybe moving from vmware to aws, securing aws, etc
Same goes for azure. Gcp in third, but no slouch. Salesforce is biz apps, do not know high skilled roles in that

DM me if any specific questions after some research

All the best!
Mr. C (Many years in Tech)

Advisor

Seth Lynch Plano, TX

Joseph,

A couple things for you to look at particularly around a cloud type transition.

If you are already doing application support, look at the company's plans for a subscription (SaaS) model. If they have short term plans to move to that type of a model, stick with the job for a while and they'll teach you the basics of cloud support for that application in its newly refactored form. From there, you can expand and look at other 'cloud' support jobs more easily.

If you don't have the patience to wait for your current company to go cloud native, my recommendation is to learn SFDC through the Salesforce veterans program here: https://veterans.force.com/s/ . Free online training of one of the most significant, cloud-based SaaS providers in the world.

If you just want to understand the basics of cloud application development, management, and support, check out some of Google Cloud Platform's foundational certificates here: https://cloud.google.com/certification

Advisor

Dara Kushnir New York, NY

Hi Joseph,

Thank you for posting your question! While I am not a Cybersecurity or cloud support expert myself, I did want to share some resources that may point you in the right direction:

1 - I would strongly suggest reaching out to Advisors on the community feature of ACP AdvisorNet (https://acp-advisornet.org/community/advisors). It is a great way to ask Advisors with IT or Cybersecurity experience directly for advice about growing your committee.

I also included some articles below:
2. Cyberseek (https://www.cyberseek.org/) has a breakdown of opportunities in the cybersecurity field with recommended certifications based on position, job availability, and starting salary.

3. CyberVetsUSA (https://www.cvent.com/surveys/Welcome.aspx?s=ebcafbec-2b33-4155-b32c-42a706d317b9) is an industry-led initiative that provides FREE online training, certification and employment opportunities to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard and Reservists, and military spouses looking to enter the cyber workforce.

4. Why Veterans Should Consider Careers in Tech—and How to Break In from the Muse (https://www.themuse.com/advice/veterans-transition-careers-in-tech).

Best,
Dara from ACP

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