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Key Skills to Find a Job in Cloud Computing


By NIIT Editorial

Published on 07/01/2021

7 minutes

Other than the business community dealing in essential services, the larger spectrum of the corporate sector operated virtually, from home throughout 2020. Sooner than later, the need for on-demand, scalable IT infrastructure shot through the roof with the demand for cloud vendors rising alongside it. Being one of the few sectors to show the disruptive impact of COVID-19, cloud computing is one field that is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.5% from 2019 to 2021. The industry is expected to be worth US$295 billion in 2021 as per projections from marketsandmarkets.

Be that as it may, IT-professionals who were aiming for the cloud, pun intended, have more than enough reasons to be optimistic. The best chances for impressive hikes provided you already are in this sector, or a pay-rise with a corresponding job switch is highly probable. Below we enlist the mission-critical skills touted by recruitment experts as the most value-adding.

Cloud Security

There is no end to adversarial powers who’re on the prowl for cheap thrills and cyber skills in the digital-scape. For starters, the nature of entities trying to test your cyber defences could range from foreign operators, cold-blooded hackers who’ve been outsourced the job to hurt you (read about the dark web), and organized hacking communities operating for easy money. The complexity and frequency of hacking attacks are getting increasingly sophisticated. 

 

It is estimated that global damage from ransomware attacks in 2020 was close to US$20 billion. This underlines the need for future-ready cybersecurity experts with cutting-edge aptitude. If this is someone that falls right up your alley then make sure to add the following skillsets to your CV: 

 

  • Security Handling 
  • SIEM Management 
  • Audit & Compliance 
  • Firewall/IDS/IPS 
  • Intrusion Detection 
  • Application Security Development 
  • Advanced Malware Detection and Resolution 

 

Of course, there are interpersonal skills as well that are often overlooked but play an important role in intra-organization cohesion, but that comes later. Prioritize the above and you should make the list of top-recruiters in cybersecurity.

 

Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning

 

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have made in-roads in cybersecurity as well. Cloud vendors have reacted nimbly to this phenomenon by offering easy-to-implement AI-backed solutions so the big data can be squelched to its fullest. For instance, Amazon Web Services (AWS) supports Deep Learning with the Amazon SageMaker using which developers can build and scale machine learning models. Referred to as Infrastructure as a Service, the premises that such business models work on is to offer maximum computing throughput for the most resource-consuming data operations. It would be very useful for cyber professionals to be hands-on with the following machine learning aspects:

 

  • Supervised learning 
  • Unsupervised learning 
  • Reinforced learning 
  • Semi-supervised learning 

 

The interconnected operations between machine learning and cybersecurity are referred to as machine learning as a service (MLaaS). This market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 43.46% from 2018 - 2023, ending the forecast period with a market valuation of US$8.3 billion.

 

Cloud Management

 

AWS is the leading vendor in the market followed by Microsoft and Google in second and third respectively. The largest corporations prefer to subscribe to either of these platforms in which case a combined knowledge of all the three platforms would undoubtedly be useful. Make note of the following specializations that should make the highlight of the resume: 

 

  • Cloud migration 
  • Cloud deployment 
  • Containerisation 
  • API & Web Services 
  • Linux/HTML Programming Skills
  • Networking

 

Database Management 

 

Database management is used to store, manage, and retrieve useful insights from data warehouses. The most prominently used languages for the same include SQL, MySQL, MongoDB, and Hadoop. Common challenges while dealing with cloud databases include database size limitations, online security, storage performance, and database cloning. New age professionals are expected to have the skillset to overcome such adversities and handle data displaying utmost standard in management. 

 

DevOps

 

Having emerged from agile software development, DevOps compiles the facets of software development and operations. Individuals with experience, inclination, or know-how of working in a DevOps environment are greatly in-demand. If you are serious about making a career in cybersecurity then be sure to have DevOps as your specialty. 



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