The most beautifull way to end 2018, so happy to blog about me passing the (ISC)² CSSP exam at the first attempt. The exam wasn’t easy but also not that super hard (like CISSP), but you’ll have to know the facts … facts … and all the facts.
Currently i have been in the IT field for 18 years, for which almost 10 years in networking and security and I have passed the CISSP certification earlier in 2018 (big help).
The preparation for my CCSP was all self-study, as i was confident that CISSP gives a huge foundation and the cloud concepts are all around us. I just had to have the right video’s and books.
The following books helped me with the studying:
- CCSP (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional Official Study Guide 1st Edition
(978-1119277415) by Brian T. O’Hara and Ben Malisow.
- CCSP Certified Cloud Security Professional All-in-One Exam Guide 1st Edition
(978-1259835469 ) by Daniel Carter
- CCSP Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests 1st Edition
(978-119449225) by Ben Malisow
Both CCSP books are a good read and cover most of the materials. The All-in-One Guide is more helpfull if you want to read per domain, Sybex uses a different approach which make the book an easy reader.
Beside the courseware books you should also check out the following documents :
- CSA Security Guidance v4
- CSA Cloud controls Matrix
- Enisa Cloud Computing Risk Assessment
- NIST 800-125 Guide to Security for Full Virtualization Technologies
- NIST 800-144 Guidelines on security and Privacy in Plublic Cloud Computing
- NIST 800-145 Definition of Cloud Computing
- NIST 800- 146 Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations
- NIST 500-292 Cloud Computing Reference Architecture
I’m a huge fan of video’s to learn my content, after that the reading goes much easier
- Cybrary CCSP course
Same as CISSP, great explanation and Kelly keeps it small and simple.
ITpro.tv Certified Cloud Security Professional (UPDATED 2016)
Did not finish this, found it too long and couldn’t keep my concentration with this video’s.
Practice … practice and more practice! Doing practice exams preps you for the official exam and helps you discover the nasty words like Best, Least likey, Most likey.
I started with CCSP Official Practice Tests and on the last day i used the exam engine that comes with the CCSP Certified Cloud Security Professional All-in-One Exam. Found them both very helpfull.
There’s also a Boson CCSP, but i didn’t get the chance to test / use this one 🙁
Allthough i have passed the CISSP i must admit being a bit nervous as people say that it’s also a hard test to pass. But in my opinion it’s was a very solid exam and did test you pretty good! I think i finished under 90 minutes and received the Provisionally passed message 🙂
– Passed at my first attempt! –
Let’s keep this one simple as all info is allready above:
- Do you’re reading, including scanning the additional documents
- Practice and understand why you didn’t choose an answer and know why you have to choose the right one.
- Answered a question wrong? review the coursebook.
- Watch out for the Best, Least ….. questions!
- Keep it calm!
Hopefully it helps you with your study towards the (ISC) ² CCSP exam, Good luck!!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful information..
I have a few more queries regarding this exam ccsp . Currently I am working on AWS cloud and preparing to finish this exam within this month. Does my experience in AWD contribute any Value to pass this exam ? Also would you mind sharing how much time gave everyday to prepare for it ?
Really sorry for the late response, don’t know why i missed it ..
Allthough you can use basic concepts (SAAS,PAAS,IAAS) which you touched on your AWS and probably some info on roles and data owner … but futhermore i guess this exam is more vendor independent. CSSP will provide you with a solid foundation of security challenges in the cloud.
It’s hard to get exact study hours since your infosec background counts too (got my CISSP allready so lots of overlap). But i guess reading the book one to two times and start with pratice test to find you gaps is the best way to go … with 2 hours a day, it should be doable in 2 or 3 months.
Hope it helps!