Official (ISC)2® CCSP Training and Certification Prep (with Exam Voucher)

Level: Intermediate
Course #: 1213
Tuition $3,095

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About CCSP

(ISC)² developed the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential to ensure that cloud security professionals have the required knowledge, skills, and abilities in cloud security design, implementation, architecture, operations, controls, and compliance with regulatory frameworks. A CCSP applies information security expertise to a cloud computing environment and demonstrates competence in cloud security architecture, design, operations, and service orchestration. This professional competence is measured against a globally recognized body of knowledge.

The topics included in the CCSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) ensure its relevancy across all disciplines in the field of cloud security. Successful candidates are competent in the following 6 domains:

  • Cloud Concepts, Architecture and Design

  • Cloud Data Security

  • Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security

  • Cloud Application Security

  • Cloud Security Operations

  • Legal, Risk and Compliance

Experience Requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years cumulative paid work experience in information technology,

of which 3 years must be in information security and 1 year in 1 or more of the 6 domains of the CCSP CBK.

Earning CSA’s CCSK certificate can be substituted for 1 year of experience in 1 or more of the 6 domains of the CCSP CBK. Earning (ISC)²’s CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement.

A candidate that doesn’t have the required experience to become a CCSP may become an Associate of (ISC)² by successfully passing the CCSP examination. The Associate of (ISC)² will then have 6 years to earn the 5 years required experience. 


CCSP under ANSI review for compliance with the stringent requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024.

Job Task Analysis (JTA)

(ISC)² has an obligation to its membership to maintain the relevancy of the CCSP. Conducted at regular intervals, the Job Task Analysis (JTA) is a methodical and critical process of determining the tasks that are performed by security professionals who are engaged in the profession defined by the CCSP. The results of the JTA are used to update the examination. This process ensures that candidates are tested on the topic areas relevant to the roles and responsibilities of today’s practicing information security professionals focusing on cloud technologies.

CCSP Examination Information

Length of exam Number of items Item format Passing grade

Exam availability Testing center

3 hours


Multiple choice

700 out of 1000 points English

Pearson VUE Testing Center

CCSP Examination Weights



1. Cloud Concepts, Architecture and Design


2. Cloud Data Security


3. Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security


4. Cloud Application Security


5. Cloud Security Operations


6. Legal, Risk and Compliance




Cloud Concepts, Architecture and Design

Understand Cloud Computing Concepts

Cloud Computing Definitions

Cloud Computing Roles (e.g., cloud service customer, cloud service provider, cloud service partner, cloud service broker)

Key Cloud Computing Characteristics (e.g., on-demand self-service, broad network access, multi-tenancy, rapid elasticity and scalability, resource pooling, measured service)

Building Block Technologies (e.g., virtualization, storage, networking, databases, orchestration)

Describe Cloud Reference Architecture

Cloud Computing Activities

Cloud Service Capabilities (e.g., application capability types, platform capability types, infrastructure capability types)

Cloud Service Categories (e.g., Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS))

Cloud Deployment Models (e.g., public, private, hybrid, community)

Cloud Shared Considerations (e.g., interoperability, portability, reversibility, availability, security, privacy, resiliency, performance, governance, maintenance and versioning, service levels and Service Level Agreements (SLA), auditability, regulatory)

Impact of Related Technologies (e.g., machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), containers, quantum computing)

Understand Security Concepts Relevant to Cloud Computing

Cryptography and Key Management

Access Control

Data and Media Sanitization (e.g., overwriting, cryptographic erase)

Network Security (e.g., network security groups)

Virtualization Security (e.g., hypervisor security, container security)

Common Threats

Understand Design Principles of Secure Cloud Computing

Cloud Secure Data Lifecycle

Cloud based Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) planning

Cost Benefit Analysis

Functional Security Requirements (e.g., portability, interoperability, vendor lock-in)

Security Considerations for Different Cloud Categories (e.g., Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS))

Evaluate Cloud Service Providers

» Verification Against Criteria (e.g., International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 27017, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS))

» System/subsystem Product Certifications (e.g., Common Criteria (CC), Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2)

Cloud Data Security

Describe Cloud Data Concepts

Cloud Data Life Cycle Phases

Data Dispersion

Design and Implement Cloud Data Storage Architectures

Storage Types (e.g. long term, ephemeral, raw-disk)

Threats to Storage Types

Design and Apply Data Security Technologies and Strategies

Encryption and Key Management




Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

Data Obfuscation

Data De-identification (e.g., anonymization)

Implement Data Discovery

Structured Data

Unstructured Data

Implement Data Classification



Sensitive data (e.g., Protected Health Information (PHI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), card holder data)

Design and Implement Information Rights Management (IRM)

Objectives (e.g., data rights, provisioning, access models)

Appropriate Tools (e.g., issuing and revocation of certificates)

Plan and Implement Data Retention, Deletion and Archiving Policies

Data Retention Policies

Data Deletion Procedures and Mechanisms

Data Archiving Procedures and Mechanisms

Legal Hold

Design and Implement Auditability, Traceability and Accountability of Data Events

Definition of Event Sources and Requirement of Identity Attribution

Logging, Storage and Analysis of Data Events

Chain of Custody and Non-repudiation

Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Security

Comprehend Cloud Infrastructure Components

Physical Environment

Network and Communications


Design a Secure Data Center



Management Plane

Logical Design (e.g., tenant partitioning, access control)

Physical Design (e.g. location, buy or build)

Environmental Design (e.g., Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), multi-vendor pathway connectivity)

Analyze Risks Associated with Cloud Infrastructure

Risk Assessment and Analysis

Cloud Vulnerabilities, Threats and Attacks

Virtualization Risks

Counter-measure Strategies

Design and Plan Security Controls

Physical and Environmental Protection (e.g., on-premise)

System and Communication Protection

Virtualization Systems Protection

Identification, Authentication and Authorization in Cloud Infrastructure

Audit Mechanisms (e.g., log collection, packet capture)

Plan Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC)

Risks Related to the Cloud Environment

Business Requirements (e.g., Recovery Time Objective (RTO), Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Recovery Service Level (RSL))

Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Strategy

Creation, Implementation and Testing of Plan

Cloud Application Security

Advocate Training and Awareness for Application Security

Cloud Development Basics

Common Pitfalls

Common Cloud Vulnerabilities

Describe the Secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Process

Business Requirements

Phases and Methodologies

Apply the Secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Avoid Common Vulnerabilities During Development

Cloud-specific Risks

Quality Assurance

Threat Modeling

Software Configuration Management and Versioning

Apply Cloud Software Assurance and Validation

Functional Testing

Security Testing Methodologies

Use Verified Secure Software

Approved Application Programming Interfaces (API)

Supply-chain Management

Third Party Software Management

Validated Open Source Software

Comprehend the Specifics of Cloud Application Architecture

Supplemental Security components (e.g., Web Application Firewall (WAF), Database Activity Monitoring (DAM), Extensible Markup Language (XML) firewalls, Application Programming Interface (API) gateway)



Application Virtualization and Orchestration

Design Appropriate Identity and Access Management (IAM) Solutions

Federated Identity

Identity Providers

Single Sign-On (SSO)

Multi-factor Authentication

Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)

Domain 5:

Cloud Security Operations

Implement and Build Physical and Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment

Hardware Specific Security Configuration Requirements (e.g., Basic Input Output System (BIOS), settings for virtualization and Trusted Platform Module (TPM), storage controllers, network controllers)

Installation and Configuration of Virtualization Management Tools

Virtual Hardware Specific Security Configuration Requirements (e.g., network, storage, memory, Central Processing Unit (CPU))

Installation of Guest Operating System (OS) Virtualization Toolsets

Operate Physical and Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment

Configure Access Control for Local and Remote Access (e.g., Secure Keyboard Video Mouse (KVM), console-based access mechanisms, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP))

Secure Network Configuration (e.g., Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN), Transport Layer Security (TLS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name System (DNS), Virtual Private Network (VPN))

Operating System (OS) Hardening Through the Application of Baselines (e.g., Windows, Linux, VMware)

Availability of Stand-Alone Hosts

Availability of Clustered Hosts (e.g., Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS), Dynamic Optimization (DO), storage clusters, maintenance mode, High Availability)

Availability of Guest Operating System (OS)

Manage Physical and Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment

Access Controls for Remote Access (e.g., Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), Secure Terminal Access, Secure Shell (SSH))

Operating System (OS) Baseline Compliance Monitoring and Remediation

Patch Management

Performance and Capacity Monitoring (e.g., network, compute, storage, response time)

Hardware Monitoring (e.g., Disk, Central Processing Unit (CPU), fan speed, temperature)

Configuration of Host and Guest Operating System (OS) Backup and Restore Functions

Network Security Controls (e.g., firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), honeypots, vulnerability assessments, network security groups)

Management Plane (e.g., scheduling, orchestration, maintenance)

Implement Operational Controls and Standards (e.g., Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 20000-1)

Change Management

Continuity Management

Information Security Management

Continual Service Improvement Management

Incident Management

Problem Management

Support Digital Forensics

Forensic Data Collection Methodologies

Evidence Management

Collect, Acquire and Preserve Digital Evidence

Manage Communication with Relevant Parties




Release Management

Deployment Management

Configuration Management

Service level Management

Availability Management

Capacity Management


Other Stakeholders

Manage Security Operations

Security Operations Center (SOC)

Monitoring of Security Controls (e.g., firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), honeypots, vulnerability assessments, network security groups)

Log Capture and Analysis (e.g., Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), log management)

Incident Management

Domain 6:

Legal, Risk and Compliance

Articulate Legal Requirements and Unique Risks within the Cloud Environment

Conflicting International Legislation

Evaluation of Legal Risks Specific to Cloud Computing

Legal Framework and Guidelines

Understand Privacy Issues

eDiscovery (e.g., International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 27050, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Guidance)

Forensics Requirements

Difference Between Contractual and Regulated Private Data (e.g., Protected Health Information (PHI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII))

Country-Specific Legislation Related to Private Data (e.g., Protected Health Information (PHI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII))

Jurisdictional Differences in Data Privacy

Standard Privacy Requirements (e.g., International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 27018, Generally Accepted Privacy Principles (GAPP), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR))

Understand Audit Process, Methodologies, and Required Adaptations for a Cloud Environment

Internal and External Audit Controls

Impact of Audit Requirements

Identify Assurance Challenges of Virtualization and Cloud

Types of Audit Reports (e.g., Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE), Service Organization Control

(SOC), International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE))

Restrictions of Audit Scope Statements (e.g., Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE), International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE))

Gap Analysis

Audit Planning

Internal Information Security Management

System (ISMS)

Internal Information Security Controls System

Policies (e.g., organizational, functional, cloud computing)

Identification and Involvement of Relevant Stakeholders

Specialized Compliance Requirements for Highly-Regulated Industries (e.g., North American Electric Reliability Corporation/ Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC/CIP), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Payment Card Industry (PCI))

Impact of Distributed Information Technology (IT) Model (e.g., diverse geographical locations and crossing over legal jurisdictions)

Understand Implications of Cloud to Enterprise Risk Management

Assess Providers Risk Management Programs (e.g., controls, methodologies, policies)

Difference Between Data Owner/Controller vs. Data Custodian/Processor (e.g., risk profile, risk appetite, responsibility)

Regulatory Transparency Requirements (e.g., breach notification, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR))

Risk Treatment (i.e., avoid, modify, share, retain)

Different Risk Frameworks

Metrics for Risk Management

Assessment of Risk Environment (e.g., service, vendor, infrastructure)

Understand Outsourcing and Cloud Contract Design

Business Requirements (e.g., Service Level Agreement (SLA), Master Service Agreement (MSA), Statement of Work (SOW))

Vendor Management

Contract Management (e.g., right to audit, metrics, definitions, termination, litigation, assurance, compliance, access to cloud/data, cyber risk insurance)

Supply-Chain Management (e.g., International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 27036)

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