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I like to share an exciting news about Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP℠). This week I received an email from ISC2 on awarding me CCSP designation. The blue color of CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) Logo from ISC2 resembles the sky in a sunny day. Same as the sky here in Singapore.
Risks of running application and services on the cloud has been an impediment and people (journalist in particular) tends to see the cloudy side! I involved in many discussions on cloud security in my volunteer works in CSA Hong Kong & Macau Chapter. Some of the concerns are valid , in particular the lack of experienced professionals and knowledge framework.
CCSP with the support from CSA and ISC2 is the answer to these concerns. In 2013, visionaries (like Aloysius Cheang from CSA APAC and Hord Tipton from ISC2 ) in both organisations joined together in response to market needs. In the past two years, A few other volunteers from CSA and I worked with ISC2 and their consultant Pearson VUE to develop CCSP CBK and examination questions. It was a rewarding experiences.
The process administrated is very structured and all rounded, with concept mapping, team discussions and psychometric analysis. As a security professional, I am thinking maybe system development life cycle (SDLC) should also make use of similar validation process to ensure each feature implemented is user facing and also balanced!
Developing Cloud Security certification is a challenge due to its extensive scope. The final CBK covers six domains:
- Architectural Concepts & Design Requirements
- Cloud Data Security
- Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security
- Cloud Application Security
- Legal & Compliance
Very few people acquired working experiences in all six domains. However, learning cloud technology knowledge and applying security principles in a virtualised environment are both achievable via CCSP CBK. Studying CCSP domains and passing the exam will help security professional to gain knowledge in a structure way, thus able to demonstrate their security skills are not outdated.
No caffeine is needed when you are in a meeting with intense, focus and organised discussion with cloud security professionals. We never get bored and cloud not stop your brain from working. Jet-lag is not a problem.
If you ask the above question to the various cloud services providers, I am sure their answers are “Definite yes”.
If you ask the same question to end users, their answers may end up like “I really don’t care.”. And for the question again to business owners, their answers will probably are “May-be’s” because seriously no one really reveals all the cloud benefits, implementation pros and cons to them.
To IT professionals, however, we will probably provide a vague answer – “It depends.”. The long form of the answer is – “It depends on the maturity of the cloud market, technology and whether the solution available today can match your budget, quality requirements, and expected service level. More importantly, whether cloud technology and solutions can help your company to improve competitive advantage.”
That’s exactly what Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) did in a recent survey to answer part of the question – what is the maturity of the cloud technology and market, now ? A collaborative project by CSA and ISACA , the Cloud Market Maturity study provides business and IT leaders with insight into the maturity of cloud computing.
The study also reveals that cloud users in 50 countries were least confident about the following issues (ranked from least confident to most confident):
- Government regulations keeping pace with the market (1.80)
- Exit strategies (1.88)
- International data privacy (1.90)
- Legal issues (2.15)
- Contract lock in (2.18)
- Data ownership and custodian responsibilities (2.18)
- Longevity of suppliers (2.20)
- Integration of cloud with internal systems (2.23)
- Credibility of suppliers (2.30)
- Testing and assurance (2.30)
None of these findings are really a surprise, I suppose, however it is important to conduct such project because it helps us to understand how the cloud market will change over time, and how it advances from infancy to full maturity.
Do check out the press release and the full report to understand more about the findings, or you can check out the following infographics – the whole report in one picture.