The Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification prepares you to secure the latest cloud-hosted technologies across IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions. Obtaining this certification qualifies individuals with the security application, knowledge, and skills to succeed in cloud-focused information security roles.
The CCSP is ideal for IT and information security leaders responsible for applying best practices to cloud security architecture, design, operations and service orchestration, including those in the following positions:
- Enterprise Architect
- Security Administrator
- Systems Engineer
- Security Architect
- Security Consultant
- Security Engineer
- Security Manager
- Systems Architect
- Introducing Security and Aligning Asset Management to Risk Management
- Understanding Risk Management Options and the Use of Access Controls to Protect Assets
- Securing Software, Using Security Protocols and Securing Remote Users
- Security Testing and Incident Handling
- Physical Security, Managing Change and Personnel Training
Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in information technology, of which three years must be in information security and one year in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK. Earning CSA’s CCSK certificate can be substituted for one year of experience in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK. Earning (ISC)²’s CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement.
A candidate who doesn’t have the required experience to become a CCSP may become an Associate of (ISC)² by successfully passing the CCSP examination. The Associate of (ISC)² will then have six years to earn the five years required experience.
Part-time work and internships may also count towards your experience.
Full-Time Experience: Your work experience is accrued monthly. Thus, you must have worked a minimum of 35 hours/week for four weeks in order to accrue one month of work experience
Part-Time Experience: Your part-time experience cannot be less than 20 hours a week and no more than 34 hours a week.
- 1040 hours of part-time = 6 months of full-time experience
- 2080 hours of part-time = 12 months of full-time experience
Internship: Paid or unpaid internship is acceptable. You will need documentation on company/organization letterhead confirming your position as an intern. If you are interning at a school, the document can be on the registrar’s stationery.
One Year Prerequisite Pathway:
Cloud Security Alliance's (CSA’s) CCSK certificate can be substituted for one year of experience in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK.
Full Prerequisite Pathway:
(ISC)²’s CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement.
Go to the (ISC)2 CCSP Homepage