Cloud Security: 7 Things You Should Know

Content and resources to assist in your understanding and growth within cloud computing security
Published 09/30/2020
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businessman holding cloudWith entire economies still moving their operations to the cloud and legislators enacting stricter data security requirements, it is no wonder why so many in the computer science community are looking to cloud security as a good career opportunity. So complex has this field become, that IEEE and the Computer Society have assembled a variety of content and resources to assist in your understanding and growth within cloud computing security. 

See our 7 tips and resources for a career in cloud computing security:


1. Read our interview with Michael Swift, associate professor of Computer Sciences – University of Wisconsin-Madison

So what makes cloud security different from normal cybersecurity positions? Mostly the specialty of protecting data that is stored in the cloud. This includes anything from writing policies, securing cloud applications, and implementing technologies to assist in the effort. When asked what types of tech advances in the field of cloud computing will see the most growth in the next several years, Swift replied that beyond the move to the cloud that really started with Amazon Web Services, he thinks the move to serverless computing, such as Amazon Lambda Functions, Microsoft’s Azure Functions, and Google’s Cloud Functions represent a new way to design applications to scale seamlessly and quickly meeting varied workload demands.


2. Review the Encyclopedia on Cloud Computing containing a compendium of cloud computing knowledge

The Encyclopedia of Cloud Computing provides IT professionals, educators, researchers, and students with a compendium of cloud computing knowledge. Authored by a spectrum of subject matter experts in industry and academia, this unique publication, in a single volume, covers a wide range of cloud computing topics, including technological trends and developments, research opportunities, best practices, standards, and cloud adoption.


3. Discover the benefits and challenges of centralized cloud computing security 

The goal of centralized cloud security is to send instant notification of a common threat to IT teams. This notification is then translated into a policy that helps you eliminate the threat. There are no people involved in this process, it’s completely automated. This proactive and automated approach can protect companies from both disruptive attacks like Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS), and larger threats like data breaches.


4. Review IEEE Computer Society Standards to learn about the Standards Activities Board & Standards Committees

The IEEE Computer Society provides core standards for the benefit of the industry including networking, integrated circuit design and test, cloud computing and software and system engineering standards. These enable the industry to move technology forward at a rapid pace in order to deliver cutting edge products to consumers.


5. Earn a certificate of achievement with our “Cloud Governance and Security” crash-course

Migrating IT infrastructures to the Cloud is becoming a cost-effective solution to the ever-increasing burden of maintaining complex software and hardware systems. As with any new concept that plays a central role in business, the Cloud must be understood. Specifically, the differences between managing an in-house IT infrastructure versus a Cloud-based infrastructure are critical.


6. Attend The 5th IEEE International Conference on Smart Cloud (SmartCloud 2020)

IEEE SmartCloud 2020 aims to collect recent academic achievements in novel techniques, developments, empirical studies, and new developments in cloud computing. Innovative technical applications in clouds are highly encouraged. The objective of IEEE SmartCloud 2020 is to provide a forum for scientists, engineers, and researchers to discuss and exchange their new ideas, novel results, work in progress and experience on all aspects of smart computing and cloud computing.


7. Add your resume to our jobs board when you’re ready to make that career move or land your first job

Apply for advertised jobs and upload your resume to sites, such as IEEE Computer Society Jobs, that are specifically searched by hiring managers in your field. Companies and universities post jobs here because recruiters and hiring managers recognize that such sites serve as talent aggregators and they regularly use it to search for candidates.


We hope that these tips and resources can be utilized to assist in your understanding and growth within cloud computing security.

Considering the complexity and growth of this field, it’s no wonder the computer science community is looking to cloud security as a good career opportunity!



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