This year's going to be an exciting one for Ideal as we expand our managed services portfolio and grow our cloud offering and expertise. We already apply best-practice security across our core architectures - enterprise networking, data centre and unified comms - and we wanted to ensure we could offer the same level of security expertise and reassurance as we expand our range of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions.
My Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) qualification is a vendor-neutral, objective measure of my knowledge, and helps give our customers confidence in Ideal's ability to design, engineer, implement and manage security solutions. I wanted to ensure that we could provide the same level of expertise and reassurance to cloud customers. Co-created by (ISC)² and the Cloud Security Alliance, the new Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) is the equivalent qualification for cloud professionals - I decided to apply for it.
In mid-November I spent a week in southern Holland, studying 12-hour days and preparing for a comprehensive four-hour exam. Receiving my certification in December was a proud and exciting moment - at the time I sat the exam there were fewer than 300 CCSP-qualified security professionals worldwide. You can expect to see that number grow rapidly - cloud cyber security skills are in huge demand, and the new CCSP is the right qualification at the right time.
So if you want to talk about any or all aspects of security in your organisation - cloud, hosted, on-prem, co-lo, hybrid - or if you just want the reassurance that our best-practice work can be supplemented with my vendor-neutral, internationally-recognised expertise, please do get in touch. I'm thrilled to get the new CCSP qualification, and I can't wait to apply my knowledge to our customers' problems and challenges.