December 10, 2023

The Cloud Security Alliance launched the Certificate of Competence in Zero Trust, an authoritative zero-trust training and credential program claimed to be a first in the cybersecurity industry.

The CCZT offers an in-depth understanding of zero-trust architecture, its components, and its functioning. The course includes foundational zero-trust best practices released by sources (NIST, CISA). It also covers work around the Software Defined Perimeter by CSA Research and guidance from renowned zero-trust experts such as John Kindervag, the founder of the philosophy.


The course and certification seek to address the growing demand for a zero-trust approach in information security. The CSA argues that a zero-trust-based approach will inevitably become a requirement for organizations and a required skill for a range of security professionals, including security engineers and architects, C-suite, and other decision-makers.

The alliance would like to see earning the CCZT become critical for organizations that maintain strong security postures and for security professionals to ensure they are equipped to implement the robust security measures required for taking a zero-trust approach.


The first recipients of the CCZT cover a range of individuals from companies and organizations, including Illumio Inc., Resilient Systems Inc., Waverly Labs LLC, the Department of Defense, Fischer Identity Corp., ZScaler Inc., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, CISA, Ericom Software Inc., Cognitio Corp., Mastercard Inc., The MITRE Corp., 6point6 LLC, CrowdStrike Holdings Inc., Hudl Inc., Okta Inc. and Securosis Inc.

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