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A Comprehensive Guide to CCSP Certification (2023)

Ishan Girdhar 5 min read
A Comprehensive Guide to CCSP Certification (2023)
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Introduction

The CCSP certification is one of the most sought-after certifications for IT professionals.

It is a globally recognized credential that validates an individual's knowledge and skills in cloud security.

The certification is offered by (ISC)², a leading non-profit organization in the information security industry. This comprehensive guide will provide an overview of the CCSP certification, including its prerequisites, exam preparation tips and strategies, and how to maintain your certification status.

We'll also discuss who should consider pursuing this certification and the benefits it can bring to your career.

Benefits of CCSP Certification

Question: CCSP vs. CISSP, Which is better?

When it comes to which certification is better for you or your job role, it depends on your specific goals and needs.

If you’re looking for a certification to help you understand cloud-based services and technologies in depth, then the CCSP is probably the right choice. However, if you’re looking for a more comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity principles across multiple domains, then the CISSP might be better suited for your needs.

Who Should Consider CCSP Certification?

Anyone interested in pursuing a career in cloud security should consider CCSP certification. This includes IT professionals, system administrators, software engineers, and other related roles.

Prerequisites for CCSP Certification

Professional Experience Requirements

ISC2 CCSP: What are Professional Experience Requirements?

To become an ISC2 Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), applicants must have a minimum of five years of cumulative, paid work experience in information technology, of which at least three years must be in information security and one year in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK.

Exam Requirements

The CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) is a certification offered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)²

It is designed to validate an individual's knowledge and experience in cloud security architecture, design, operations, and service orchestration.

To become a CCSP, individuals must meet specific requirements:

  1. Have at least five years of cumulative paid full-time work experience in information technology with three years of information security and one year in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).
  2. Pass the CCSP exam administered by ISC².
  3. Agree to adhere to ISC²'s Code of Ethics.
  4. Submit an endorsement from another (ISC)²-certified professional or approved educational provider verifying that you have met all eligibility requirements for certification as a CCSP professional.

Preparing for the CCSP Certification Exam

Suppose you've been in the information security domain for a while and have some experience working with public cloud offerings. You should find the CCSP Exam material reasonably straightforward.

The only material I used is the Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CCSP CBK and practice tests available on ExamTopics.com, which was recommended to me by a colleague at work.

Scheduling and Taking the Exam

Once you pay for the exam, you can easily schedule the exam by creating a Pearson Vue Account and scheduling the exam to your nearest Test Taking Center.

Choosing The Right Test Center

Based in Singapore, I liked going to Agilitics Training Center at International Tower on Anson Road.

  • Their setting is quiet, friendly, and comfortable.
  • The staff is always helpful and supportive, unlike other test centers with a stressful atmospheres.
  • I find the ambiance at Agilitics relatively peaceful and calm.

Understanding the Exam Format and Content Areas

The six domains are:

  1. Cloud Concepts, Architecture, and Design
  2. Cloud Data Security
  3. Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security
  4. Cloud Application Security
  5. Operations
  6. Legal & Compliance

Tips for Success on the Exam

Here are a couple of thoughts on how to successfully clear the exam:

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Tip 1: Read the complete official Study guide.

It's relatively easy and well-written; you can read it quite effortlessly within a day or two.

Once you have read the entire book, take a day or two, and come back to the book, only to read all the summaries of the chapters, and then attempt the Practice Questions at the end of each chapter.

This should give you a good understanding of the areas you should focus more on before you attempt the complete practice exam.

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Tip 2: Spend more time on Practice Questions than reading the book.

Let's say you have only 20 hours to spend.

I recommend you spend more time on practice exams than reading; 12-14 hours on Practice Tests and 6-8 hours on reading the book and supplementary reading material.
Nothing prepares you more than attempting the practice exam questions and learning why your answers were correct or wrong.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I attempt CISSP or CCSP first?

The choice between CISSP or CCSP depends on your career goals and background.

CISSP is a more general certification that covers all areas of information security, whereas CCSP is more focused on cloud security.

If you are looking for a more specialized certification in cloud security, then CCSP would be the better option. However, if you have experience in other areas of information security, such as network security, then CISSP would be the better option.

Ultimately, it comes down to what best fits your career goals and background.

Which one is easy, CCSP or CISSP?

The answer to this question depends on your individual experience and background.

The CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) certification is designed to validate an individual's knowledge and skills related to cloud security, while the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification is designed to validate an individual's knowledge and skills related to information security.

In terms of difficulty, both certifications are considered challenging and require a significant amount of time and effort to prepare for. However, the CCSP has some advantages over the CISSP in that it is more focused on cloud security topics, while the CISSP covers a broader range of topics.

If you have prior experience in cloud security or are looking to specialize in this area, then the CCSP may be easier for you than the CISSP.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the CCSP certification is an excellent way to demonstrate your knowledge and experience in cloud security.

This guide has provided an overview of the certification process, including its prerequisites, exam preparation tips and strategies, and how to maintain your certification status.

By following this guide, you should be well-prepared to pursue your CCSP certification and take advantage of the numerous career opportunities it can open up.

Happy Learning!

How was your experience of attempting CCSP Certification? Did you have fun?

Let me know in the comments below.

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