Cloud computing is being aggressively adopted on a global basis as businesses seek to reduce costs and improve their agility. And one of the critical needs of the industry is to provide training and certification of professionals to assure that cloud computing is implemented responsibly, and with the appropriate security controls.
The Cloud Security Alliance has developed a widely adopted catalogue of security best practices, the "Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing, V3". In addition, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) whitepaper "Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks and Recommendations for Information Security" is an important contribution to the cloud security body of knowledge.
The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) provides evidence that an individual has successfully completed an examination covering the key concepts of the CSA guidance and ENISA whitepaper.
We highly recommend CCSK training. As with any IT certification, formal training is an excellent way to improve your chance of successfully passing the exam. We have found that even more important than actually passing the exam is sharing real-world experiences with your peers and getting hands-on access to cloud systems to apply the best practices.
Please download and review the preparation guide here (PDF), prior to taking the examination.
The CCSK examination costs US$345.00. This entitles you to attempt the test up to two times. If necessary, additional test attempts can be purchased for US$345.00 each.
If you have any questions about the CCSK examination process,
please take a look at these Frequently Asked Questions (453 KB PDF file).