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Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) Coming in November

CNCF Staff Post

This autumn The Linux Foundation and CNCF are excited to add a new Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) to the growing list of Kubernetes certification programs. CKS will join the popular and highly respected Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) and Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) programs. This new certification is for those who have passed the CKA exam and want third party validation for their working knowledge of container security.

Start your preparations now!

In order to take the CKS exam, you must hold a current CKA certification to demonstrate you possess sufficient Kubernetes expertise. If you want to make sure you are ready for the CKS and have not already achieved the CKA, we encourage you to start today! We provide a wealth of resources to help you prepare for CKA.

The details

CKS is similar in format to CKA and will consist of a performance-based certification exam – testing competence across best practices for securing container-based applications and Kubernetes platforms during build, deployment, and runtime. 

The new certification is designed to enable cloud native professionals to demonstrate security skills to current and potential employers. The exam will test domains and competencies including:

  • Cluster Setup
  • Cluster Hardening
  • System Hardening
  • Minimize Microservice Vulnerabilities
  • Supply Chain Security
  • Monitoring, Logging, and Runtime Security

The certification is expected to be generally available before the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America Virtual event taking place November 17-20. 

And a new Helm Training

Also today, we have announced a new training course for Helm, the open source technology that enables packaging and running applications on Kubernetes in a simple, efficient way. Learn more about, and register for this new offering here.