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Cloud Security Alliance CCSK Plus Certification

New – Learn comprehensive knowledge about Cloud Security fundamentals in order to prepare for the CCSK v3.0 exam.

GK# 6961

Course Overview


The 3-day Cloud Computing Security Knowledge class provides students a comprehensive review of cloud security fundamentals and prepares them to take the Cloud Security Alliance CCSK v3.0 certificate exam. Starting with a detailed description of cloud computing, the course covers all major domains in the Guidance v3.0 document from the Cloud Security Alliance, and the recommendations from the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). 

In addition to covering the above guidance and recommendations, the course continues building cloud security knowledge by performing extensive hands-on activities.  Students will learn to apply their knowledge as they perform a series of exercises as they complete a scenario bringing a fictional organization securely into the cloud.


Your Registration Includes:

  • Certified course manual  
  • Training from the leaders in cloud security training in North America!   
  • CCSK Certification Exam Registration 
  • Official Cloud Security Alliance Training on Security Guidance for Critical Areas Of Focus in Cloud   
  • Computing  
  • Exclusive access to CCSK exam prep questions - Over 200 questions that test your knowledge before
  • taking the real exam  
  • Pre-paid access to Amazon Web Services - No credit card required


About the CCSK Certification exam

  • Exam is included (2 attempts)   
  • The CCSK exam is a 90 minute exam that consists of 60 questions spread across the 14 CSA domains.
  • Exam can be taken after the course from home or office     
  • Detailed exam information can be found here


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What You'll Learn

  • An overview of Core NIST Model of Cloud Computing
  • Deployment Models and Responsibilities
  • Choosing Cloud Providers
  • Incident Response
  • Data Security Lifecycle in the Cloud
  • Cloud Risk Management
  • Security Tradeoffs cloud Vs. Traditional IT
  • Legal Issues
  • Audit Issues
  • Change Management
  • Cloud Storage
  • Identity Management
  • Creating and Securing Private Clouds
  • Cloud Security Alliance Training - Hands-On Labs
  • Performing a Cloud-Based Risk Assessment
  • Using Cloud Services 
  • Encryption in the Cloud
  • Cloud Controls
  • Private Clouds


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An overview of Core NIST Model of Cloud Computing

  • What is the Cloud
  • What is the difference between Virtualization and the Cloud?

Deployment Models and Responsibilities

  • Where does the provider's responsibility end and yours begins
  • Public, Private and Hybrid Models
  • Security MUST be addressed
  • Responsibility is not always outsourced when leveraging Cloud

Choosing Cloud Providers

  • A brief overview of items to look for, such as reviewable audits (ISO 27001, SSAE16/SAS70)
  • Analyzing who is in charge of what from a security perspective based on the service Model (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS)

Incident Response

  • An overview of incident response issues and responsibilities in the cloud
  • Who is responsible for what?
  • Who owns Incident Response?

Data Security Lifecycle in the Cloud

  • The various stages of the Data Security Lifecycle
  • The controls and technologies that can be used to address all stages of the lifecycle

Cloud Risk Management

  • The differences between traditional Risk Management and Risk Management in the Cloud

Security Tradeoffs cloud Vs. Traditional IT

  • The differences between security in the cloud
  • Traditional server security
  • Virtualized servers

Legal Issues

  • Legal, jurisdictional, contractual, regulatory material

Audit Issues

  • What can be audited, what cannot
  • What needs to change when using public providers?

Change Management

  • The changes in Change Management when applications and/or services are run in the cloud

Cloud Storage

  • Types of Cloud Storage available
  • SAN technology through to Storage as a Service

Identity Management

  • Streamlining accounts and passwords used by employees
  • Provisioning and de-provisioning of access
  • Standards used in private and public clouds

Creating and Securing Private Clouds

  • Define Private Clouds
  • Review security considerations
  • Key design considerations

Cloud Security Alliance Training - Hands-On Labs


Performing a Cloud-Based Risk Assessment

  • Group work to analyze and make recommendations on security issues for our fictional research company looking to move to the cloud

Using Cloud Services 

  • IaaS architecture
  • Access a public cloud provider to securely create own cloud-based servers

Encryption in the Cloud

  • Available encryption architectures along with strengths and weaknesses
  • Hands-on implementation of cloud encryption is performed

Cloud Controls

  • Controls available
  • Working with application
  • Network security
  • Securely creating snapshots and Identity
  • Access Management in the cloud

Private Clouds

  • Learn about the major vendors available today
  • Understand security issues surrounding a Private Cloud implementation
  • Students will build their own Private Cloud using Openstack using their own virtual machines



Some Java, HTML, and XML programming experience is recommended.

Who Should Attend


The intended audience for our training is people who wish to learn more about cloud computing in general, and the security aspects that require addressing prior to deployment of any system in a public or private cloud:

  • IT Auditors
  • IT Security Professionals 
  • Business Analysts
  • Managers
  • Directors  
  • Executives
  • System Architects
  • Business Owners
  • Business Unit Stakeholders
Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 3 day

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 3 day

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