Cloud Security Alliance appoints Optimus as MTP

VAD to offer CSA’s CCSK programme to channel partners across the Middle East

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Cloud Security Alliance appoints Optimus as MTP Kaul says 60% of Middle East CIOs have cited security as the major impediment to cloud computing deployment.
By  Manda Banda Published  March 13, 2013

Optimus Technology and Telecommunications, a regional value-added distributor (VAD), has announced that the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has named it as the new master training partner (MTP) for the Middle East region.

In terms of the agreement, Optimus will develop and train partners across the region and help promote the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) programme. In addition, the deal further strengthens Optimus' training credentials with the distributor becoming one of the second MTPs for CSA globally.

According to the CSA, the new MTP programme will help accelerate worldwide access and adoption of the CCSK certification programmes.

"We signed on Optimus as our authorised training partner (ATP)  exactly a year ago, where they successfully launched and promoted our CCSK programme in the Middle East region. We are happy with their efforts to promote the  programme in this region and wanted to take our partnership to the next level by appointing them a MTP," said Jim Reavis, executive director of CSA. "Our mission is to deliver the best practices for security assurance within cloud computing and we are confident this enhanced alliance with Optimus will benefit regional security professionals tremendously as we will have the added resources and investments needed to define and deliver a programme that keeps pace with a constantly changing cloud security landscape."

Meera Kaul, managing director at Optimus Technology & Telecommunications, said: "In the recent past, we have run industry surveys in the region with respect to cloud deployment readiness and over 60% of CIOs have stated security as the major impediment to the deployment decision. The CCSK programme, the industry's most trusted user certification programme for the advancement of secure cloud computing, helps security professionals understand cloud security and its challenges and best practices."

Kaul said the new CSA MTP programme is designed to accelerate global access and adoption of the CSA's CCSK certification, where companies will receive the training they need to develop a programme that fits the unique security needs of their organisation. "Optimus will have no restrictions on where it can hold courses and will work with interested existing training partners to outsource classes and use our instructors in mutually beneficial agreements," she said.

To help ensure that the critical next phase of the CCSK programme growth is successful for all, CSA will be instituting the CCSK Training Partner Network, a community limited to its training partners in the coming months. According to CSA, this network will be used to forge a closer relationship with CSA's training partners and get expert opinions on key business, curriculum and channel development activities that the CSA and its partners can undertake to expand CCSK rapidly and successfully.

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