(ISC)2 and Cloud Security Alliance launch new cloud qualification

Infosecurity education body (ISC)2 has promised its new ‘Certified Cloud Security Professional’ qualification will become the global standard for protecting data in the cloud.


Infosec certification body (ISC)2 has partnered with the Cloud Security Alliance to launch a new international standard for cloud security across banks, multinational firms and governments.

The ‘Certified Cloud Security Professional’ (CCSP) qualification will become “the global standard” for protecting data in the cloud, (ISC)2 said.

It will provide professionals have the advanced skills needed to design, implement and manage secure cloud environments, according to the 110,000-strong not-for-profit membership body.

The four-hour exam will be available at PearsonVUE’s 127 testing centres across the UK from 21 July, with two ‘bootcamp’ sessions in the UK on 7 September and 27 November. Live online training will also be available from 14 July to 3 September, (ISC)2 said.

Candidates for the CCSP certificate must have at least five years’ experience in IT, of which three must be in information security and one in cloud computing. They must also understand cloud architecture, design, data security, platform, application and infrastructure security, operations, legal and compliance.

As cloud adoption continues to increase substantially across Europe and it becomes part of core IT infrastructure, it’s becoming more important to ensure there are qualified professionals with the relevant skills to manage cloud securely, (ISC)2’s EMEA managing director Dr Adrian Davis said.

“New UK-based statistics reveal that security professionals are still concerned about the management of cloud, especially as threats rapidly develop and increase in number. Together with CSA, we’ve developed this certification to provide IT professionals with advanced knowledge to help businesses ensure that security is a key component of cloud adoption,” he added.

Over 60 percent of infosec workers in telecoms cited cloud services as a “top security threat” in (ISC)2’s recently-launched global workforce study, while 50 percent in government and 60 percent in utilities agreed with the statement. 

Almost half cited cloud-based services as a “concern” when it comes to security threats while 61 percent said they see growing demand for cloud computing training in the next three years.

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