New Certification Targets Cloud Security

Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge program raises awareness of secure cloud computing

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The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has released a user certification program for secure cloud computing. The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) is designed to ensure that a broad range of professionals with responsibility related to cloud computing have a demonstrated awareness of the security threats and best practices for securing the cloud.

Cloud computing is being aggressively adopted on a global basis as businesses seek to reduce costs and improve their agility. Among the critical needs of the industry is to provide training and certification of professionals to assure that cloud computing is implemented responsibly with the appropriate security controls.

“Cloud represents the shift to compute as a utility and is ushering in a new generation of information technology. Critical services are now being provided via the cloud, which is creating a mandate for cloud security skills across the spectrum of IT-related professions,” said Jim Reavis, CSA executive director. “The CSA is providing a low cost certification that establishes a robust baseline of cloud security knowledge. When combined with existing professional certifications, the CCSK helps provide necessary assurance of user competency in this important time of transition. We are also thrilled to have ENISA’s support and their agreement to join our certification board.”

Online testing will be available beginning September 1. The CSA will offer discount pricing of $195 through Dec 31, 2010; regular pricing at $295 begins January 1, 2011. For further information about the Cloud Security Alliance, visit www.cloudsecurityalliance.org.