Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) is one of the leading well-known vendor-neutral certifications that focuses on securing cloud environments . Once you start preparing for this certification, you will realize that it covers 6 domains as shown below:
- Cloud Concepts, Architecture and Design
- Cloud Data Security
- Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security
- Cloud Application Security
- Cloud Security Operations
- Legal, Risk and Compliance
Being on a continuous journey to enhance both my cloud & security skills, I decided to make a pit stop and attain this certification before focusing again on Azure certifications. Everything is moving to the cloud and we need to update our skill set to match the new demands.
To be fair, if you already have CISSP certification, then attaining CCSP will not be that hard. Many of the concepts have a significant overlap with CISSP domains. However, I enjoyed the ride and below are the 3 resources that I used to prepare for this certification.
The first resource that I have used is the CCSP 2019 course from Skillsoft/Percipio. The course consists of 11 easy-to-consume modules. What I liked the best about the course is that it was a practical course with demos using Azure Cloud instead of focusing only on theory. It was very much aligned with my Azure studies..
The second resource is CCSP Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests which helped me identify gaps in my knowledge and better prepare for the exam. This helped me have a better understanding of the style of questions.
Finally, the last resource I used was a blog post by Bob Cromwell which I discovered one day before the exam while searching for CCSP summary sheets. It had a summary of his experience taking this exam along with very useful summaries covering the key topics. To be honest, his site has many ADs which I don’t like but the below were very helpful in my preparations.
I took the CCSP exam and passed it on the first attempt. Compared to CISSP, I would consider it a way easier exam as it covers a smaller range of topics. However, I believe that knowledge is an accumulation so my previous CISSP studies and experience made it an easier certification for me. If you are interested on how to prepare for CISSP as well, make sure to check my “how-to guide” here.
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