How to get the CCSK Certificate

Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) is a certificate issued by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) that focuses on cloud security.

CCSK is considered a good start towards the more advance ISACA’s certification CCSP. You can read more about how to get CCSP certification.

This post was written on April 2024 and does not plan to be updated regularly. Please take into account that info may be outdated since it was written, so though the information may still valuable please verify it.

This post answers to questions like “how to get certified in CCSK”, “how to earn the CCSK certificate” or “how to become a CCSK”.

CCSK Certificate

CCSK Certificate Overview

CCSK certificate overview:

  • Cert type: certificate
  • Issued for a single certificate version: yes
  • Expiration date: N/A
  • Certificate requirements: passing CCSK exam once
  • Maintenance requirements: none

CCSK is a certificate, what means that it doesn’t have an expiration date.

It doesn’t have any maintenance requirement like achieving CPEs (Continouing Professional Education) or paying an AMF (Annual Maintenance Fee).

Nevertheless, take into account that you get the CCSK certificate for a specific version. If a newer version of CCSK is released, you will still have the CCSK but for an outdated version.

The only requirement to get the certification is passing the CCSK exam.

No professional experience is required to get the certification. However, having general IT security experience helps you to prepare the exam.

CCSK Versions

CCSK are issued in different versions.

As of February 2024, CCSK v4 is the latest version..

CCSK v5 is announced for July 2024.

CCSK Certificate Domains

CCSK certificate covers the following domains:

  1. Domain 1 Cloud Computing Concepts and Architectures
  2. Domain 2: Governance and Enterprise Risk Management
  3. Domain 3: Legal Issues, Contracts and Electronic Discovery
  4. Domain 4: Compliance and Audit Management
  5. Domain 5: Information Governance
  6. Domain 6: Management Plane and Business Continuity
  7. Domain 7: Infrastructure Security
  8. Domain 8: Virtualization and Containers
  9. Domain 9: Incident Response
  10. Domain 10: Application Security
  11. Domain 11: Data Security and Encryption
  12. Domain 12: Identity, Entitlement, and Access Management

You can explore these domains on this external link.

CCSK Certificate Exam

CCSK Exam Preparation Material

CCSK questions are based on the following key documents:

  1. CSA Guidance for Cloud Computing
  2. CSA Cloud Control Matrix (CCM)
  3. ENISA Cloud Computing Benefits, Risks, and Recommendations for Information Security

These documents are freely available on CCSK website.

Please ensure you have downloaded them when doing the exam.

As of 2023, latest CSA Guidance for Cloud Computing version is 4.

As of 2023, latest CSA Cloud Control Matrix (CCM) version is 4. CCM v4 combines CCM v4 controls and CAIQ v4, among other documentation.

As of 2023, there was a single version for ENISA Cloud Computing Benefits, Risks, and Recommendations for Information Security, issued in 2009.

The CSA website offers a CCSK Preparation Kit. As of 2023-04, it contained outdated material as its released date was 2018-04-10 and it has never been updated since then; for instance, it contained CCM v3 instead of CCM v4. While this situation persists, I would recommend to download each document individually instead of downloading the CCSK Preparation Material.

You can buy or read the preparation guide book:

  • Graham Thompson; “CCSK Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge All-in-One Exam Guide”, McGraw Hill, 2020

CCSK Exam Characteristics

CCSK exam overview:

  • Number of questions: 60
  • Passing score: 48 (80%)
  • Time: 90 minutes
  • Time per question: 1m30s
  • Presence: remote only
  • Type: open book

Because the exam time is short for the number of questions, though it is open book you will not have much time to look up for questions.

Ensure you have download the preparation material locally before taking the exam.

CCSK Exam Price

As of 2023, the price of an exam token for CCSK is 395 USD.

If you bought the book “CCSK Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge All-in-One Exam Guide”, you may get a 10% discount and get a final price of 355.50 USD.

An exam token includes 2 tests attempts for a single exam.

CCSK Exam Registration

To register to CCSK exam, follow this steps:

  1. Visit the CSA exams page
  2. Sign up (if you haven’t done it before) or sign in
  3. Find the corresponding CCSK exam, and click on “Purchase exam”
  4. Enter billing information

If you bought the “CCSK Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge All-in-One Exam Guide”, you may use the MCGRAW2020 discount voucher.

CCSK Exam Attendance

Ensure you are time enough in advance.

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