Kubernetes Security Specialist Certification Now Available


The Linux Foundation has announced the Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) Certification, designed to certify developers of their proficiency in Kubernetes and container-based applications during build, deployment & running. Successful completion of the Certificate indicates the holder is adept at advanced CKS practices and certified by The Linux Foundation to take up CKS Specialist roles.

Candidates wishing to take up the course must hold the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certification.
Candidates wishing to take up the course must hold the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certification.
Key Facts
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    The Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) is a specialized course that provides higher-level proficiency to CKS professionals.

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    The CKS Specialist course is a two-hour, performance-based examination. It involves candidates solving tasks from a command line while running Kubernetes v1.19.

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    Candidates wishing to take up the course must hold the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certification.

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    The CKS Specialist examination can be purchased and enrolled-in in advance, prior to the completion of the CKA certification.

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    The CKA certification must be unexpired during the CKS examination and any subsequent re-takes

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    Candidate handbook, curriculum and exam tips will be made available along with the purchase of the CKS Specialist examination.

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    Once certified, the certification remains valid for a duration of two years.


The Linux Foundation is one of the world’s leading, not-for-profit technology consortiums, supporting open source collaboration. The company has a legacy of providing world-class education in cutting edge technologies like blockchain, DevOps, ONAP, Linux networking, and more.

In November 2020, the company announced the release of its latest course – the Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS). The course comes at a perfect time. According to the 2020 Open Source Jobs Report, the cloud is one of the highest-demanded skills amongst Open Source engineers today.

The course will focus on six domains/competencies, including cluster set-up, cluster hardening, system hardening, minimization of vulnerabilities in microservices, security in supply chain and monitoring, logging & runtime security of Kubernetes.

The examination will be administered live and monitored by a proctor, using webcam and screen sharing to prevent malpractice.

Cloud technologies have provided us with countless new applications and use cases, but as they become more and more ingrained into our lives and businesses, it’s essential that they be used securely. This certification will enable qualified professionals to demonstrate they have both the necessary cloud and security expertise to proactively prevent most security issues, and to quickly remediate others.
Clyde Seepersad
General manager of training & certification and SVP, The Linux Foundation

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