Sunday, October 10, 2010

Defenders of the Cloud: Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)

As Cloud Computing adoption rises, more and more experienced IT Security Professionals are suiting up for the challenge, upgrading their existing arsenal with new concepts and best practices in securing the various layers and components that makes up Cloud Computing.

Since I am in the IT Security and Cloud Computing industry, I am starting to notice the certification initials "CCSK" alongside their CISSP, CISA, CEH, Security+, PMP, ITIL and other noteworthy titles. This is a strong indication that IT Security Professionals do recognize the new challenges that Cloud Computing brings to the table.

The Certificate for Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) is pioneered by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) So far, the industry support for the first ever certificate in cloud security knowledge is showing accelerated growth garnering support and participation even from major companies.

As one of the members of the early adopters of the certification, the main reason why I want to be part of the initiative is to show my dedication and passion in the new technology and play my part in generating positive public perception on how individuals, small business and large enterprise can harness the power of the cloud without thinking of too many risks.

There is a gap that exists big between traditional Information Technology security concepts and Cloud Computing security concepts. The co-mingling of data from various customers in a centralized or shared server, is one of the major characteristics of Cloud Computing as defined by the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST). This gap is what the Cloud Security Alliance aims to fill, by providing industry-standard best practices on how to adopt and implement Cloud Computing securely. Cloud Computing adoption is all about losing control in a gracious manner.

Learn more about the Cloud Security Alliance Certificate in Cloud Security Knowledge (CSA-CCSK) here:
Cloud Security Alliance

Other noteworthy links:
NIST Cloud Computing Group

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