Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge
As organizations migrate to the cloud, they need information security professionals who are cloud savvy. The CCSK certificate is widely recognized as the standard of expertise for cloud security, and gives you a cohesive and vendor-neutral understanding of how to secure data in the cloud. The CCSK credential is the foundation to prepare you to earn additional cloud credentials.
Learn CSA’s Security Guidance V.4 along with...
- An in-depth understanding of the full capabilities of cloud computing.
- The knowledge to effectively develop a holistic cloud security program relative to globally accepted standards.
- Best practices for IAM, cloud incident response, application security, data encryption, SecaaS, securing emerging technologies and more.
- How to assess the security of cloud providers and your own organization using the cloud-specific governance & compliance tool: Cloud Controls Matrix.
What are the benefits of earning your CCSK?
If you are looking to earn the Certificate of Cloud Auditing Knowledge (CCAK), we recommend earning your CCSK first.
- Prove your competency in key cloud security issues through an organization that specializes in cloud research.
- Increase employment opportunities by filling the skills-gap for cloud-certified professionals.
- Demonstrate your technical knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively use controls tailored to the cloud.
- Learn to establish a baseline of security best practices when dealing with a broad array of responsibilities, from cloud governance to configuring technical security controls.
- Complement other credentials such as the CCAK, CISA, CISSP and CCSP.
Who should earn their CCSK?
How to Prepare for the CCSK Exam
The CCSK is an open-book, online exam, completed in 90 minutes with 60 multiple-choice questions selected randomly from the CCSK question pool. Purchasing the exam costs $395 and provides you with two test attempts, which you will have 2 years to use. The minimum passing score is 80%. There are several ways you can prepare for the exam.
Study on Your Own
You can also study for the exam yourself using our free prep-kit. The kit includes sample questions, an outline of the domains and topics covered in the exam, as well as all of the documents you will be tested on.Download Prep-Kit
Enroll in Training
There are two types of training for the CCSK, the regular class is lectures-only, but there is a lectures + labs version as well. Download the class outlines to see the differences between both courses and determine which is a better fit for you.
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Receive a superior cloud security education, by enrolling in an instructor-led course. Having direct access to a cloud security expert, lets you ask questions and gain additional context around topics and challenges that are relevant to your particular organization.
CSA is proud to collaborate with McGraw-Hill and announce the release of the “CCSK Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge All-in-One Exam Guide,” written by CSA-authorized trainer Graham Thompson. This book offers exam-focused coverage of the latest cloud technologies, including virtualization, governance and security. Readers will receive real-world examples and best practices, online content that includes access to 120 additional practice questions, and a 10% discount code for the CCSK exam. You can buy the book here
CSA Security Guidance v.4
CSA Cloud Controls Matrix
Cloud Computing Concepts and Architecture
Governance and Enterprise Risk Management
Legal Issues, Contracts, and Electronic Discovery
Compliance and Audit Management
Management Plane and Business Continuity
Virtualization and Containers
Data Security and Encryption
Identity, Entitlement and Access Management
Security as a Service
Cloud Controls Matrix
I recently passed the CSA Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge and I found so much of the content directly valuable. I would recommend it to all IT security professionals. It provides a set of comprehensive and vendor neutral cloud computing principles that are invaluable across security roles and responsibilities. The CSA Security Guidance v4 document will be required reading for all my engineering talent in our organization going forward.
CTO of Fusion Risk Management
With CCSK certification, professionals who have Cloud Computing responsibilities can demonstrate thorough Cloud security knowledge based on the CSA’s catalogue of security best practices.
CTO, Ping Identity
As enterprises move toward cloud computing, they are desperately seeking guidance and education in this new domain. CSA is bridging this gap and the CCSK provides an important first step in establishing baseline knowledge for individuals tasked with building and managing applications to the cloud.
The CSA, in providing a set of goals through the CCSK, is challenging security practitioners to become the cloud thought-leaders we need today and tomorrow to ensure safe and secure cloud environments. In developing the CCSK, CSA is 'setting the bar' for security professionals and providing business executives a means to gauge the opinions and rhetoric associated with security in the cloud.
CSO, Sallie Mae
The CCSK reflects both the operational knowledge of the CCM (Cloud Controls Matrix) as well as the strategic goals for the CSA. The CCM itself is a superset of many existing security control standards, which makes the CCSK all the more relevant to today's security environment.
President Emeritus for the New York Metro InfraGard Members Alliance
This is the mother of all cloud computing security certifications. The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge certification is vendor-neutral, and certifies competency in key cloud security areas.
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