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CSA Official Press Release

Published 10/03/2019

​CSA Announces Availability of Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge Foundation Exam Bundle

​CSA Announces Availability of Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge Foundation Exam Bundle

Exam bundle makes it even easier to demonstrate knowledge in key areas of cloud security

SEATTLE – October 3, 2019 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today announced the availability of the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) Foundation Exam bundle. Now, those looking to demonstrate their competency in key cloud security areas such as governance and compliance can take the CCSK Foundation self-paced online course and receive an exam token for just $795 (a $890 value).

“There is a tremendous skills gap facing modern enterprises today, and cost shouldn’t be an impediment to furthering one’s career in a high-growth field with a rising demand for security professionals who can demonstrate a deep knowledge of cloud security,” said Ryan Bergsma. “We’re proud to be able to provide today’sinfosec leaders with an affordable option to advancement.”

After purchasing the CCSK Foundation Exam bundle, students will be able to access the training for 60 days (with an automatic 30-day extension on request and further extensions at CSA's discretion). Tokens are valid for two years and include two attempts. The bundle includes seven modules:

  1. CCSK Foundation Introduction. A preview of the CSA CCSK Foundation Course content and class structure, along with the study materials that will be used throughout the course.
  2. Cloud Architecture. The fundamentals of cloud computing, including definitions, architectures, and the role of virtualization. Key topics include fundamental characteristics, cloud service and delivery models, and the Shared Responsibilities Model.
  3. Infrastructure Security for Cloud. Core infrastructure security- including networks, management interfaces, and administrator credentials. Students will also learn about virtual networking and workload security, including the basics of containers and serverless.
  4. Managing Cloud Security and Risk. Considerations and tools for risk assessment, governance, legal issues and compliance. Students will learn important considerations for managing security for cloud computing and be introduced to important CSA risk tools.
  5. Data Security for Cloud. Data security lifecycle, cloud storage models, data security issues and managing encryption. This module covers information lifecycle management for the cloud and how to apply security controls, with an emphasis on public cloud.
  6. Securing Cloud Applications, Users and Related Technologies. Identity management and application security for cloud deployments. Topics in this module include federated identity and different IAM applications, secure development, and managing application security in and for the cloud.
  7. Cloud Security Operations. Evaluating, selecting, and managing cloud computing providers. This module also discusses the role of Security as a Service providers and the impact of cloud on incident response.

The vendor-neutral CCSK tests for a broad foundation of cloud security knowledge, covering such topics as architecture, governance, compliance, operations, encryption, and virtualization. The CCSK exam body of knowledge is the CSA Security Guidance v4, the CSA Cloud Control Matrix and the ENISA Cloud Computing Risk Assessment report. Those interested in taking the exam can also choose to take advantage of a variety of CCSK training programs, including free self-study prep courses, in-person training sessions, and instructor-led online classes. Since it was launched in 2010, thousands of IT and security professionals have upgraded their skillsets and enhanced their careers by obtaining the CCSK.

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About 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, follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.

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