CCSP: Tackling the Cloud Security Certification Challenge
One of the most well-known and respected cloud certifications is CCSP (certified cloud security professional). Here’s what you need to know about the role, requirements, and career opportunities associated with CCSP.
What is CCSP?Introduced in 2015 to meet the rising demand for skilled cloud security professionals, CCSP certification demonstrates that IT professionals have both the foundational cyber knowledge and cloud computing expertise necessary to secure distributed environments across corporate networks effectively.Leveraging a set of cloud best practices, policies, and procedures designed by industry leaders, CCSP testing is designed to meet the emerging challenges of today’s digital environment and ensure infosec experts have the skills and knowledge necessary to handle tomorrow’s emerging threats.
In Demand: On-Demand Cloud SecurityCCSP certification holders offer companies the critical counterweight to on-demand cloud resources: On-demand security. While CCSP experts are found across multiple industries and carry multiple job titles, typical responsibilities include:
- Building cloud environments — There’s no better way to secure a cloud than building one from the ground up. CCSPs are often responsible for the secure creation and deployment of key cloud infrastructure.
- Managing physical infrastructure — While public cloud services offer the benefit of distributed resource use, many organizations are now deploying private cloud infrastructure to create hybrid environments. CCSPs may be tasked with securing this on-site hardware against both digital and physical attacks.
- Conducting risk assessments — What companies don’t know can hurt them. CCSPs have the skills necessary to assess potential risks across both physical and logical infrastructures and develop effective defenses.
- Auditing and monitoring tools and resources — Cloud security isn’t fire-and-forget. Continuous auditing, monitoring, and evaluation of tools and resources is a critical CCSP responsibility to ensure IT vulnerabilities are discovered, analyzed, and mitigated before malicious actors exploit them.
CCSP Certification: Careers and CompensationIT professionals with a CCSP certification have career options across multiple industries and IT departments. As noted by State Tech2, for example, both state and federal governments are now looking for CCSPs to help secure critical IT environments and prepare for future challenges. Across the private sector, meanwhile, CCSPs can choose from careers such as:
- Security Administrator — Define and implement policies across organizations to ensure cloud services are used safely and securely.
- Security Engineer — Build and deploy new cloud security architectures in which power empower organizational efficacy and help keep critical data safe.
- Security Consultant — Work with enterprises, midsize, and small businesses to design cloud security policies and programs that meet current needs and help future-proof IT infrastructure.
Easy is OverratedThe CCSP exam isn’t for everyone. To qualify for the exam, you must have a minimum of five years of paid experience working in IT with at least three years of work in information security. At least one year of this experience must be directly related to one of the six CCSP domains:
- Architectural concepts and design requirements
- Cloud data security
- Cloud platform and infrastructure security
- Cloud application security
- Legal and compliance