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Cloud Security Alliance’s CCSK+ (Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge Plus) - Dublin


The CCSK Plus is designed to educate attendees about the security threats and best practices for securing the cloud. Students will learn to apply this knowledge as they perform a series of exercises such as completing a scenario bringing a fictional organisation securely into the cloud. The first day of the course is predominantly theory based with the remainder of the course focusing on assessing, building, and securing a cloud infrastructure through a series of hands-on/ practical exercises. 

The CCSK Plus in strongly supported by a broad coalition of experts and organisations from around the world. Since its launch in 2010, the CCSK Plus has been adopted around the world and is the gold standard for demonstration of cloud security competency. The collaboration with ENISA means that the world’s two leading organisations for vendor neutral cloud security research are providing the foundation for the industry’s first cloud security certification. 

This course provides a comprehensive review of cloud security fundamentals. Starting with a detailed description of cloud computing, the course covers all major domains in the latest Guidance document from the Cloud Security Alliance, and the recommendations from the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). 

The course contains expanded material and extensive hands-on activities where you will learn to apply your knowledge as you perform a series of exercises as you complete a scenario bringing a fictional organisation securely into the cloud. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Understand the Cloud Computing Architectural Framework 
  • Discover Cloud Computing security challenges 
  • Learn industry best practices and security controls recommendations for Cloud Computing 


Cloud Computing Architectural Framework 

  • Cloud computing evolution 
  • Cloud vocabulary 
  • Essential characteristics of cloud computing 
  • Cloud deployment models 
  • Cloud service models 
  • Multi-Tenancy approaches to create a barrier between the Tenants 
  • Cloud computing threats 
  • Cloud Reference Model 
  • The Cloud Cube Model 
  • Security for cloud computing - How security gets integrated 

Legal and Electronic Discovery Risk Management 

  • Legal and Electronic Discovery Risk Management Security recommendations 

Information Lifecycle Management 

  • Key challenges regarding data lifecycle security Data Security recommendations by ILM Phase 

Traditional Security, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery 

  • Risk of insider abuse 
  • Security baseline 
  • Customers actions 
  • Contract, Documentation, Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) 
  • Customers responsibility 
  • Vendor Security Process (VSP) 

Incident Response, Notification, and Remediation 

  • How to identify incidents 
  • How to respond to security incidents 
  • Security incident containment 
  • Security incident response recommendations 

Encryption and Key Management 

  • Encryption for confidentiality and integrity 
  • Encrypting data at rest 
  • Key management lifecycle 
  • Cloud encryption standards 
  • Recommendations 


  • Hardware Virtualisation 
  • Software Virtualisation 
  • Memory Virtualisation 
  • Storage Virtualisation 
  • Data Virtualisation 
  • Network Virtualisation 
  • Virtualisation Security recommendations 

Governance and Enterprise Risk Management 

  • Information security governance processes 
  • Governance and enterprise risk management in cloud computing 
  • Governance recommendations 
  • Enterprise Risk Management recommendations 
  • Information Risk Management recommendations 
  • Third Party Management recommendations 

Compliance and Audit 

  • Cloud customer responsibilities 
  • Compliance 
  • Audit Security Recommendations 

Portability and Interoperability 

  • Changing providers reasons 
  • Changing providers expectations 
  • Recommendations all cloud solutions 
  • IaaS Cloud Solutions 
  • PaaS Cloud Solutions 
  • SaaS Cloud Solutions 

Data Center Operations 

  • Data Center Operations 
  • Security challenge 
  • Implement “Five Principal Characteristics of Cloud Computing 
  • Data center security recommendations 

Application Security 

  • Web Application 
  • Application Weaknesses 
  • Attack Methods 
  • What is Web Application Security 
  • Application security layer 
  • Vulnerability distribution 
  • Why Web Application Risks Occur 
  • Security solutions 
  • Applications in cloud environments 
  • Security recommendations 

Identity and Access Management 

  • Identity and Access Management in the cloud 
  • Identity and Access Management functions 
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM) Model 
  • Identity Federation 
  • Identity provisioning recommendations 
  • Authentication for SaaS and Paas customers 
  • Authentication for IaaS customers 
  • Introducing Identity Services 
  • Enterprise Architecture with IDaaS 
  • IDaaS security recommendations 


he CCSK examination is a timed, multiple choice examination. The examination consists of 60 multiple choice questions, and must be completed within 90 minutes. A participant must correctly answer 80% of the questions to receive a passing score. 

Studying for the CCSK Examination: The body of knowledge for the CCSK examination is the CSA Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing V3, English language version, and the ENISA report “Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks and Recommendations for Information Security”. These research documents can be downloaded here: 

CSA Guidance:  


92% of the questions are based on the CSA Guidance and 8% are based on the ENISA report. The very best way to prepare for the CCSK examination is to thoroughly read and understand these two documents. 


  • IT Professionals working in the cloud 
  • IT Professionals involved in migration to the cloud 
  • IT & Information Security Professionals 
  • Network Administrators 
  • Information Security Managers 
  • CIOs 
  • CISOs 


3 days


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Galway: Call for dates

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