The Cloud Security Alliance joined up with (ISC)2 and came out with a new cloud security certification, the Certified...
Cloud Security Professional (CCSP). Parallels have been drawn between the CCSP certification and CISSP. I am already CISSP certified and am considering the CCSP certification. How are they similar and, aside from the cloud factor, how are they different?
(ISC)2 and CSA developed the CCSP certification to meet the critical market need for cloud security professionals that have the required knowledge, skills and abilities in cloud security design, implementation, architecture, operation, controls and compliance with regulatory frameworks. The CSA's Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CSSK) is a prerequisite for CCSP certification but the CISSP credential may be substituted for the CCSK prerequisite. CCSP certification training candidates must have a minimum of five years of cumulative full-time IT experience; three years must be in information security and one year in one of the six domains of the CCSP examination. The six domains are:
- Architectural concepts and design requirements
- Cloud data security
- Could platform and infrastructure security
- Cloud application security
- Legal and compliance
(ISC)2 offers a five-day classroom training and a five-day live CBT online training course. The course format for each is comprised of facilitator PowerPoint slides, short lecture and discussion, group activity in teams of three or four and individual activity where the participant completes an action plan, worksheet or evaluation. An official (ISC)2 textbook is currently not available.
The CCSP and CISSP are both vendor-neutral certifications. They assume an understanding of the (ISC)2 Common Body of Knowledge. The major difference is the CSSP certfication has a more focused approach on cloud related security. The CCSP examination consists of 125 questions to be completed in four hours. Once certified, maintaining the CCSP certification requires 90 CPEs over a three-year cycle with a minimum of 30 CPEs per year.
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