Cloud Security Alliance Announces First European Instructor Training Course

Milan, ITALY – Feb 16, 2012 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is pleased to announce that it will host its first Instructor training course in Europe, this April 2nd-4th at the CA Technologies facility in Milan, along with a CCSK Basic and Plus class. Conducted by Mike Rothman of Securosis, the three-day course is designed to provide comprehensive training for those partners interested in becoming a CCSK-certified trainer. “There has been tremendous demand for more CCSK trainers in the European markets. Holding an Instructor training course in Italy provides an opportunity for those interested in teaching the CCSK an opportunity to start the certification process,” said Mike Rothman, Securosis President and co-author of the CCSK curriculum. “We’re also happy to be able to provide the CCSK Basic and Plus training options for those that want to learn about cloud computing and have the opportunity to learn about the cloud via hands-on exercises. And we thank our friends at CA Technologies for providing the facility to hold the training course and the CSA Italy Chapter for local organization.” The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) is designed to ensure that a broad range of professionals with a responsibility related to cloud computing have a demonstrated awareness of the security threats and best practices for securing the cloud. The CCSK test is a web-based, multiple-choice examination of individual competency in key cloud security issues as articulated by CSA. There will be three days of instruction, broken up as follows: Day 1: The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) – Basic class provides students a comprehensive one-day review of cloud security fundamentals and prepares them to take the Cloud Security Alliance CCSK certification exam. Starting with a detailed description of cloud computing, the course covers all major domains in the latest Guidance document from the Cloud Security Alliance, and the recommendations from the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). Day 2: The CCSK-Plus class builds upon the CCSK Basic class with expanded material and extensive hands-on activities with a second day of training. The Plus class enhances the classroom instruction with real world cloud security labs! Students will learn to apply their knowledge as they perform a series of exercises as they complete a scenario bringing a fictional organization securely into the cloud. This second day of training includes additional lecture, although students will spend most of their time assessing, building, and securing a cloud infrastructure during the exercises. Activities include creating and securing private clouds and public cloud instances, as well as encryption, applications, identity management and much more. Day 3: The CCSK Instructor workshop adds a third day to the course to train prospective trainers. More detail about how to teach the course will be presented, as well as a detailed look into the hands-on labs, and an opportunity for all trainers to present a portion of the course. Building a trusted cloud ecosystem is a broad initiative requiring a global educational outreach. The CCSK is intended to be an important educational foundation for a wide variety of professionals: IT, information security, audit, risk management, legal and many others. The CSA intends to fulfill the global cloud security educational requirements through a 100% partner delivered training capability, the CCSK Training Partner Program and to support a better knowledge transfer to local security professionals using Chapter’s translation initiatives. To register for the training, visit For more information on the CCSK training, visit Tweet this: @cloudsa announces new CCSK Instructor training course, April 2-4 at CA facility in Milan About the Cloud Security Alliance The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders. For further information, visit us at, and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa. Media Contact: Zenobia Godschalk [email protected] 650.269.8315

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