How I passed the CCSP exam

The CCSP is one of the hardest vendor-neutral cloud related certifications in the industry.

The CCSP exam test the candidate’s knowledge in the following domains:

  • Architectural Concepts and Design Requirements
  • Cloud Data Security
  • Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Security
  • Cloud Application Security
  • Operations
  • Legal and Compliance

 

I strongly recommend to take this exam if you are a solution or cloud security architect, passionate about cloud computing.

CISSP certification gives you an advantage when taking the exam, due to the amount of study material, amount of exam questions and the exam length.

 

Here are the steps I took in-order to pass the exam:

Official Cloud Security Alliance course and exam – I have attended the CCSK course and took the official exam.

As part of the CCSK exam preparation, I read the following documents:

Official CCSP CBK training – I took the official live on-line training. Most of the study were based on the official book – “Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK

As part of the instructor’s recommendations, I have summarized key aspects of the material and reviewed those couple of times (instead of reading 600 pages of the CBK more than once).

The online training was not cheap, but an exam voucher (for one year) was included.

Extra reading – I read the “CCSP (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional Official Study Guide

Purchasing this book allowed me access to Wiley’s test bank of more than 700 practice exam questions, which allowed me to better test my knowledge and prepared for a long time-based exam.

Mobile applications – I have installed the following free applications with practice exam questions:

Free CBT – I watched the Cybrary’s free CCSP Training, which covers the exam materials

Work experience – I have no doubt that work experience gave me allot of knowledge for passing some of the tough scenarios.

I have not measured the time it took me to review the written material and prepare myself for the exam, but I am guessing couple of months of preparations.

I am proud to hold the CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) certification.

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