Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge Training Course

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14 hours (usually 2 days including breaks)



This 2-day CCSK Plus course includes all content from the CCSK Foundation course, and expands on it with extensive hands-on labs in a second day of training. Students will learn to apply their knowledge by performing a series of exercises involving a scenario that brings a fictional organization securely into the cloud. After completing this training, students will be well prepared for the CCSK certification exam, sponsored by Cloud Security Alliance. This second day of training includes additional lecture, although students will spend most of their time assessing, building, and securing a cloud infrastructure during the exercises.


This is a two day class that begins with the CCSK- Basic training, followed by a second day of additional content and hands-on activities

Target Audience:

This class is geared towards security professionals, but is also useful for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of cloud security.

Course Outline


Introduction and Cloud Architecture

  • Define cloud computing
  • Cloud computing stack components
  • Cloud reference model and security

Infrastructure Security for Cloud Computing

  • Understand the components of cloud infrastructure
  • Assess security implications of deployment models
  • Advantages and disadvantages of virtual
  • Cloud management plane
  • Different service models security basics

Managing cloud computing security and risk

  • Risk and governance
  • Legal and compliance
  • Audit
  • Portability and interoperability
  • Incident response

Data security for cloud

  • Different cloud storage models
  • Security issues for data in cloud
  • Address cloud security and governance
  • Apply lifecycle to use cases
  • Discuss data encryption

Securing applications and users

  • Application architecture design and operations lifecycle
  • Discuss impact on SDLC
  • Examine application security tools
  • Discuss role of compliance in Cloud

Cloud Risk assessment

  • Adopt cloud computing
  • Migrate existing apps and systems

Create and secure a public cloud

  • Understand public IaaS architectures
  • Review EC2 components
  • Launch and connect to your first instance
  • Learn how to secure your instance


Encrypting an EBS volume

  • Why encrypt
  • Select a method
  • Create and attach Amazon EBS
  • Encrypt and format
  • Understand key management options
  • Understand effects of rebooting
  • Attach encrypted volume to another instance

Identity and access management

  • Learn how to secure your EC2 with AWS IAM
  • Understand federated identity architectures
  • Implement federated identity for application using OpenID
  • How to apply same principles in an enterprise production environment

Deploy and secure a Private Cloud

  • Understand private cloud architecture
  • Review OpenStack components
  • Create and connect a compute node
  • Manage OpenStack tenants and IAM
  • Secure OpenStack management plane
  • Investigate hypervisor security
  • Understand security automation

Selecting Cloud services

  • Enabling security strategy
  • Selecting a cloud provider
  • Security as a service
  • Summary and review



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