CCSP vs. Professional Cloud Security Manager: How Do They Compare?

CCSP vs. Professional Cloud Security Manager: How Do They Compare?

Cybersecurity isn’t only a national security issue making headlines almost daily — it’s at the top of the list of imperatives for organizations, public and private. In fact, a majority (73%) rate their security readiness only average or below average, according to the 2021 Cloud Security Report by Cybersecurity Insiders.

And that unease extends to the cloud. Though cloud-based security solutions offer significant advantages, resistance to migrating to the cloud continues to exist. Those surveyed say staff expertise and training continues to rank as the highest barrier (53%) to cloud adoption. That realization is leading more enterprises and individuals to move on training and certifying their teams to command the cloud.

To help streamline the process, let’s look at how two leading vendor-neutral cloud security credentials compare: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) vs. Professional Cloud Security Manager (PCS).

In terms of experience, CCSP candidates are expert-level professionals. They must have at least five years of cumulative, paid work experience in information technology, of which three years must be in information security and one year in one or more of the six domains of the (ISC)² CCSP Common Body of Knowledge. PCS candidates are recommended but not required to have five years or more of enterprise security experience as well as a solid understanding of cloud computing services and deployment models.

To maintain certification, CCSP-credentialed professionals must participate in continuing professional education (CPE) to stay current on emerging threats, technologies, regulations, standards, and practices. They are required to earn and submit a minimum of 30 CPEs ..

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