CCSK Foundation | Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge v4.1


Duration: 2 Day
CPE Credits: 14
Course Number: SEC-304F

This CCSK Foundation training seminar is a 2-day, 14 CPE course offered to you by Intrinsec Security – an official CCSK Training Partner of Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

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Course Overview

The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) training program is often the first choice for professionals who are interested in validating their overall competencies in cloud security and gaining a better understanding of the security factors commonly associated with cloud computing. Intrinsec’s CCSK Foundation training will help you accomplish this, and then some.

Intrinsec’s Official 2-day CCSK Foundation class will help you successfully prepare for the CCSK exam. Our authorized instructor will guide you through the official courseware developed by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). The courseware covers all major domains in the CSA Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing document as well as the ENISA whitepaper. You also receive lifetime access to several exclusive self-paced resources, allowing you to continue studying online at any time or place.

In addition to preparing students for the CCSK exam, this class will also help students gain practical skills and knowledge which is transferable to the real world. Successful students will gain the ability to determine if a cloud computing environment has been implemented responsibly and with the appropriate security controls. In short, you will be able to leave this class with the ability to properly design, build, and maintain a secure cloud computing environment within a business setting.

This course includes one exam voucher for the most current version of the CCSK exam (Version 4.1).

Your Registration Includes

Your CCSK Foundation registration includes the following:

  • 2 Days of CCSK Training from Intrinsec Security – an Authorized Cloud Security Alliance training provider.
  • Official CCSK Foundation Student Handbook
  • 1 CCSK Exam Voucher + 1 Re-Attempt Exam Voucher
  • Bonus Material:
    • CCSK Foundation Class Video Recordings
      Available 24/7 and accessible via your provided student account, Intrinsec’s CCSK Foundation class videos offer over 6 hours of exclusive content reviewing the CCSK Foundation courseware covered in your student handbook.
    • CCSK Exam Prep Videos
      Over 4 hours of exclusive self-paced exam review videos covering all the critical CCSK domains.
    • CCSK Practice Exams
      Intrinsec’s simulated exam environment provides you with thousands of unique practice exam variations, helping you reinforce your understanding of the CCSK material. Each attempt will provide you with randomized questions for every major CCSK domain. The CCSK practice exams are available anytime via your student account.

NOTE: The included resources for this course are up-to-date and will prepare you for the most current version of the CCSK exam (Version 4.1). Click here to view our upcoming CCSK Foundation classes!

What You Will Learn

This class will review the key topics found on the most up to date version of the CCSK exam (Version 4). These topics include all the major domains from the updated CSA Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing and the ENISA whitepaper.

All the CCSK exam domains are split into the following six modules, ensuring students can successfully prepare for the CCSK exam while also enhancing their overall competencies in cloud security.

  • Module 1: Introduction and Cloud Architectures
  • Module 2: Infrastructure Security for Cloud Computing
  • Module 3: Managing Cloud Computing Security & Risk
  • Module 4: Data Security for Cloud Computing
  • Module 5: Securing Cloud Applications and Users
  • Module 6: Cloud Security Operations

Module 1: Introduction and Cloud Architectures

Introduction and Cloud Architectures is the first module reviewed during Intrinsec’s official CCSK Foundation training program. Module 1 primarily focuses on four critical areas of cloud security: (1) NIST Definitions, (2) Cloud Essential Characteristics, (3) Service Models, and (4) Deployment Models.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Define cloud computing and why you care about it
  • Discuss the different components of the cloud computing stack
  • Work through the cloud reference model and understand where security fits in

Module 2: Infrastructure Security for Cloud Computing

During the second module of this course, Infrastructure Security for Cloud Computing, students discuss and review the following areas of cloud security: (1) Securing Base Infrastructure, (2) Management Plane Security, (3) Securing Virtual Hosts and Networks, and (4) IaaS, PaaS & SaaS Security.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the components of cloud infrastructure
  • Assess the security implications of virtual networks and workloads
  • Learn the security advantages and disadvantages of working with cloud infrastructure
  • Evaluate how to secure the cloud management plane
  • Learn how to manage business continuity for cloud computing

Module 3: Managing Cloud Computing Security & Risk

Module 3 of this training program will take a close look at: (1) Risk and Governance, (2) Legal and Compliance, (3) Audit, and (4) Data Governance.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Tools of governance
  • Adjusting risk management for cloud computing
  • Legal: jurisdictions, contracts, and eDiscovery
  • Compliance and compliance inheritance
  • Audit management for cloud computing
  • Information governance
  • Introduction to the CCM & CAIQ

Module 4: Data Security for Cloud Computing

In Module 4, Data Security for Cloud Computing, students can expect to focus on the following areas: (1) Cloud Data Architectures, (2) Data Security & Encryption, (3) CASB and Data Loss Prevention, and lastly (4) Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand different cloud storage models
  • Define security issues for data in the cloud
  • Assess the role and effectiveness of access controls
  • Learn different cloud encryption models
  • Understand additional data security options
  • Introduce data security lifecycle

Module 5: Securing Cloud Applications and Users

In Module 5 the key areas of focus are (1) Application Security, (2) Identity and Access Management, and (3) Related Technologies.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how application security differs in cloud computing
  • Review secure software development basics and how those change in the cloud
  • Leverage cloud capabilities for more secure cloud applications

Module 6: Cloud Security Operations

The key areas of focus for the sixth and final module of our CCSK Foundation course are the following: (1) What to Look for in a Cloud Provider, (2) Security as a Service, and (3) Incident Response.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to select cloud providers
  • Understand the advantages & disadvantages of Security as a Service
  • Assess the different major Security as a Service categories
  • Learn how to respond to security incidents in the cloud
  • Understand the security issues of technologies related to cloud computing: Big Data, Mobile, Serverless, IoT

The CCSK Foundation course is intended for those who are interested in learning more about cloud computing and security, along with IT professionals hoping to obtain the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) credential.

  • Professionals interested in obtaining the CCSK credential
  • IT Security Professionals
  • IT Auditors
  • Managers, Directors, and Executives
  • System Architects
  • Cloud Specialists
  • Compliance Specialists
  • Risk Specialists
  • Business Analysts
  • Business Unit Stakeholders

The instructor that will be working with you in this course is Graham Thompson, Intrinsec’s principal cloud security trainer. Graham has over 20 years of IT experience and has successfully competed a variety of cloud security projects for the following organizations:

  • A Global Financial Institution with over $4T in assets under management
  • A Global Retailer listed on Nasdaq with over 7000 stores
  • Telecommunication company traded on NYSE
  • Global Consultancy Firm
  • Leading K-12 education company
  • Global Conglomerate traded on NYSE
  • AgTech (note from Graham: way cooler than you’d think!)
  • Financial Institution traded on NYSE
  • Telecommunication company traded on Nasdaq

In addition to the above, Graham has delivered cloud security training to employees representing over 100 leading firms with fantastic feedback and many internal recommendations from clients.

Prior to migrating his career to the cloud, Graham served as a senior security architect for several Federal Government departments and other enterprise-sized clients.

Graham holds his CISSP, CCSK, CCSP (co-authored) and an embarrassingly long list of designation letters that may or not be retired by now.

TL;DR: When it comes to cloud security Graham knows his stuff.


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Q: Does Intrinsec send information on how I can access my Live Online CCSK Foundation class before the training starts?
A: Yes. For Live Online training seminars we will typically send you an email 3 to 7 days in advance of your class starting date. This email will provide you with details on how you can gain access to your class, along with other relevant training information.


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