(ISC)2 and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) recently announced plans to collaborate on a new professional certification for information security with a focus on the design, implementation and management of cloud computing systems (h/t Computer Weekly).

The new credential will build on (ISC)2's Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and CSA's Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK).

"As organizations continue to adopt cloud computing at a rapid pace, there is a strong need to provide a body of knowledge that encompasses the evolving technology and risk landscape and that validates the skills of the professionals tasked with protecting those businesses," (ISC)2 executive director W. Hord Tipton said in a statement.


"(ISC)2 and CSA have each recognized that the global economy's reliance on cloud services has advanced extremely quickly," Jim Reavis, co-founder and executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance, said in a statement. "Businesses are moving vast amounts of data into the cloud, and consumers are gobbling up new, usually mobile services that emerge on a daily basis. It is incumbent upon us to make our collective experience as accessible as possible, and the further development of professional-level recognition is key to achieving this."

The new credential and the first exams are expected to be available in 2014.