Cloud Security Alliance definition & meaning
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) organizes comprehensive research programs and certification programs to raise awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA’s activities are to transfer its knowledge and extensive network to the entire cloud community, including providers and customers, to governments, entrepreneurs, and the assurance industry. In addition, various parties can collaborate to create a trusted cloud ecosystem through CSA’s forum. Also, CSA organizes high-quality educational events around the world and online.
CSA’s one of the most popular cloud provider certification programs, the CSA Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) security program, is a three-tiered provider assurance program of self-assessment. Furthermore, CSA Global Consulting Program allows cloud users to work with a network of trusted security professionals and organizations.
CSA regularly releases some reports and guides. For instance, the Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing was designed as an actionable roadmap for managers to adopt the cloud paradigm securely by 2009. The following year, CSA unveiled the first cloud security user certification, the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK). It became the benchmark for professional competency in cloud computing security, along with the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM). ISC and CSA started the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification, representing the advanced skills required to secure the cloud.
CSA has a presence in every continent except Antarctica with its offices, partnerships, member organizations, and chapters.