International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)²

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)


Credential: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)  GI Bill resource  ANAB (ANSI) resource
Credentialing Agency: International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)²

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. ((ISC)2) Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential is ideal for IT and information security leaders responsible for applying best practices to cloud security architecture, design, operations and service orchestration. Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in information technology, of which three years must be in information security and one year in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK. Earning CSA’s CCSK certificate can be substituted for one year of experience in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK. Earning (ISC)²’s CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)²

311 Park Place Blvd
Suite 400
Clearwater, FL  33759

Phone: (866) 331-4722

Fax: (703) 356-7977
Email: communications@isc2.org

Option 1:

Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in information technology, of which three years must be in information security and one year in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK. Earning CSA’s CCSK certificate can be substituted for one year of experience in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK.

Option 2:

Earning CSA’s CCSK certificate can be substituted for one year of experience in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK.

Option 3:

(ISC)²’s CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement.

The Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential has the following other requirements:

Written Exam

  • Cloud Concepts, Architecture and Design (17%)
    • Understand Cloud Computing Concepts
    • Describe Cloud Reference Architecture
    • Understand Security Concepts Relevant to Cloud Computing
    • Understand Design Principles of Secure Cloud Computing
    • Evaluate Cloud Service Providers
  • Cloud Data Security (19%)
    • Describe Cloud Data Concepts
    • Design and Implement Cloud Data Storage Architectures
    • Design and Apply Data Security Technologies and Strategies
    • Implement Data Discovery
    • Implement Data Classification
    • Design and Implement Information Rights Management (IRM)
    • Plan and Implement Data Retention, Deletion and Archiving Policies
    • Design and Implement Auditability, Traceability and Accountability of Data Events
  • Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security (17%)
    • Comprehend Cloud Infrastructure Components
    • Design a Secure Data Center
    • Analyze Risks Associated with Cloud Infrastructure
    • Design and Plan Security Controls
    • Plan Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC)
  • Cloud Application Security (17%)
    • Advocate Training and Awareness for Application Security
    • Describe the Secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Process
    • Apply the Secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
    • Apply Cloud Software Assurance and Validation
    • Use Verified Secure Software
    • Comprehend the Specifics of Cloud Application Architecture
    • Design Appropriate Identity and Access Management (IAM) Solutions
  • Cloud Security Operations (17%)
    • Implement and Build Physical and Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
    • Operate Physical and Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
    • Manage Physical and Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
    • Implement Operational Controls and Standards (e.g., Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 20000-1)
    • Support Digital Forensics
    • Manage Communication with Relevant Parties
    • Manage Security Operations
  • Legal, Risk and Compliance (13%)
    • Articulate Legal Requirements and Unique Risks within the Cloud Environment
    • Understand Privacy Issues
    • Understand Audit Process, Methodologies, and Required Adaptations for a Cloud Environment
    • Understand Implications of Cloud to Enterprise Risk Management
    • Understand Outsourcing and Cloud Contract Design

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)² testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CCSP credential must be renewed every three years by meeting continuing education requirements. All ISC2 certifications also require an annual maintenance fee. More information on Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements and annual maintenance fees can be found on the ISC2 website.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

Additional considerations for the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) include:

  • A candidate who 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 six years to earn the five years required experience.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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