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(ISC)² CCSP Certification: The Ultimate Guide

(ISC)² CCSP Certification: The Ultimate Guide


CCSP: Certified Cloud Security Professional

More and more organizations are doing away with their on-premise tech systems and putting their infrastructure in the cloud. Although the cloud is more secure than on-site systems, it doesn’t guarantee security, hackers are gonna hack no matter where data is stored. This growing trend is making cloud security a hot commodity, and, by extension, putting IT professionals specializing in cloud security in high demand.

Nothing says “expert” faster than having a certification on your resume. Becoming a certified security expert definitely furthers your marketability. Earning a Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certificate puts you in this professional niche and positions you to take advantage of this growing need.

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Why CCSP certification is a great idea

As well as looking good on your resume and boosting your career, earning a CCSP Certification offers these benefits:

  • Increase credibility: This certification positions you as a cloud security expert. It is a quick way to convey your knowledge and earn trust with your customers or upper management.
  • Stay current: The CCSP improves your cloud security working skills and keep you updated on the latest technology, innovation, and trends.
  • Flexibility: Earning a CCSP gives your career flexibility. Not only does it make you more marketable, it gives you the option to work anywhere in the world!
  • Professional success: The CCSP supports your career goals. From moving up in the corporate world to becoming an independent consultant, it allows you to meet your professional goals.

What’s included

The CCSP Certification was developed by (ISC)² and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). It’s globally recognized, vendor-neutral, and includes a number of networking advantages. It indicates the holder has a proven body of knowledge and professional competence in cloud security architecture, design, operations, and service orchestration as well as applying information security knowledge to a cloud computing environment.

The (ISC)² CCSP Certification course includes these six domains:

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


Together they form the CCSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) and ensures competency in all areas.

Who can enroll

The CCSP Certification is an advanced certificate. You must have at least five years of aggregate paid IT work experience, of which three years must be in data security and one year in at least one of the six domain areas.

If you hold an (ISC)² CISSP accreditation, the enrolment criteria for this certification is waived.

If you don’t have the necessary experience to enroll, you may become an Associate of (ISC)² by effectively passing the CCSP assessment. As an Associate of (ISC)², you’ll have six years to acquire the required five years’ experience.

Exam details

Going through CCSP training is strongly recommended. This ensures the experience goes smoothly and that you pass the exam without any complications. Virtual training options allow you to network with industry colleagues and specialists in the field, which gives you a more robust experience.

The exam is a three-hour process comprising 125 multiple choice questions. To pass, you need a minimum of 700 point out of 1000.


The CCSP Certification is one of the most popular and acclaimed certifications in the cloud security space. If you’re considering a career in cybersecurity or are already a cybersecurity professional, this certification is a great way to further your career, boost your earning potential, and keep your options open. 

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