The CCSK is the first user certification for secure cloud computing, and is designed to ensure that IT professionals have demonstrated awareness of the security threats and best practices for securing the cloud.
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The CCSK provides evidence that an IT professional has passed an exam on the key concepts of the CSA's best practice guide and a whitepaper on cloud computing by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).
"Critical services are being provided via the cloud, creating an urgent need for cloud security skills among IT professionals," said Jim Reavis, CSA executive director.
Combined with existing professional certifications, the CCSK helps provide necessary assurance of user competency in this important area of growth, he said.
The CSA claims the certification has broad industry support from organisations that plan to certify employees, including eBay, Lockheed Martin, and Sallie Mae.
"We have already been leveraging the CSA's 'Security Guidance for Critical Areas in Cloud Computing' as a best practices manual for our information security staff," said Dave Cullinane, chief information security officer for eBay.
"We plan to make this certification a requirement for our staff, to ensure they have a solid baseline of understanding of the best practices for securing data and applications in the cloud," he said.