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CCSP - The Premier Cloud Security Certification

What you need to know about the CCSP exam and certification


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Become a CCSP – Certified Cloud Security Professional

Earning the globally recognized CCSP cloud security certification is a proven way to build your career and better secure critical assets in the cloud.

The CCSP shows you have the advanced technical skills and knowledge to design, manage and secure data, applications and infrastructure in the cloud using best practices, policies and procedures established by the cybersecurity experts at (ISC)².

Prove your skills, advance your career, and gain support from a community of cybersecurity leaders here to help you throughout your professional journey.

Looking for more assistance as you navigate the CCSP certification for yourself or team members? Download the CCSP Ultimate Guide or learn more about our CCSP education.

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Who Earns the CCSP?

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

Unsure if the CCSP is right for you? The (ISC)² Qualification Pathfinder can help you identify the certifications that best align with your career goals.

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Certification, Education and Membership

Earning the CCSP

Before you begin your journey to CCSP certification, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the (ISC)² certification process. Earning the CCSP – or any (ISC)² certification – requires much more than passing a challenging exam that measures your mastery and skill across the relevant domains and subject matter. (ISC)² exams are experiential-based, which means they evaluate candidates’ knowledge, skills and abilities gained over years of on-the-job, in-the-field application of the tools, concepts and practices that other cybersecurity professionals deem essential for a CCSP. 

Prior to a CCSP candidate sitting for an exam, the expectation is they will meet the CCSP Experience Requirements and have at least five years of cumulative, paid work experience in information technology, of which three years must be in information security and one year must be in one or more of the six domains of the (ISC)² CCSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Earning the CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement. While you may sit for and pass the CCSP exam before earning the prerequisite years of experience, you cannot earn your certification until you have gained the required work experience (learn more about our Associate of (ISC)² program if you do not yet meet the experience requirements). 

Once an exam is passed, validation of your work experience is accomplished through the endorsement process. You will receive an email with your official exam results and instructions to begin endorsement. This process requires an assessment by (ISC)² Member Services of your submitted work experience and a formal endorsement from another (ISC)² member.

After the endorsement process is complete, you are required to commit to and fully support the (ISC)² Code of Ethics:

  • Protect society, the common good, necessary public trust and confidence, and the infrastructure.
  • Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.
  • Provide diligent and competent service to principles.
  • Advance and protect the profession.

You will then be notified via email that you can pay your first Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) of U.S. $125 to begin your three-year certification cycle.

Finally, (ISC)² certification is often a career-long commitment for many cybersecurity professionals. Maintaining your CCSP extends well beyond passing the exam. It requires earning continuing professional education (CPE) credits that ensure your skills remain current and demonstrates to employers and your peers that you are committed to your ongoing professional development.

The CCSP Exam Process

All candidates should familiarize themselves with (ISC)² exam policies and procedures. Learn everything you need to know before, during and after your exam, including exam fees, exam scoring and formatting, the exam agreement, how to request special accommodations, how to reschedule an exam and much more.

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What to Expect on the CCSP Exam

Exam outlines are available for all (ISC)² certifications, and they provide details on the domains covered by each exam. Visit the CCSP Exam Outline and explore the domains covered by the exam.

CCSP Exam Outline

Register for the CCSP Exam

All CCSP exams are administered by our exclusive global partner Pearson VUE. If you’re ready to pursue the CCSP certification, commit yourself now by registering for the exam. You can find details on testing locations, policies, accommodations and more on the Pearson VUE website.

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Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Skills

Although not required, many candidates find it helpful to take advantage of Official (ISC)² education prior to their exams.

(ISC)² CCSP education provides an in-depth review of the concepts and domains covered in the CCSP Exam Outline – upon which the CCSP Common Body of Knowledge is developed. (ISC)² education helps you strengthen your critical thinking skills, so you can apply your knowledge and years of experience to make your most reasonable judgments possible during your CCSP exam.

From self-paced to online or in-person instructor-led, (ISC)² has a cybersecurity education option designed just for you:

 

We also partner with leading education providers around the world to make sure you have convenient access to official training that fits your needs, location and schedule. All instructors are verified security experts, authorized by (ISC)² to deliver the most relevant, up-to-date course content developed by (ISC)².

Explore CCSP Education

Continue Your Professional Journey

Once you earn your (ISC)² certification, you are a member of our association.

As an (ISC)² member, you never stop learning and growing. We provide access to a full suite of benefits and resources to help enable your continuing education and development to keep you ahead of the latest threats, best practices and industry trends. Learn more about how certification is just the first step in your (ISC)² membership and how you can take advantage of:

  • Enriching professional development and volunteer opportunities
  • Peer-to-peer networking and best-practice sharing
  • (ISC)² Security Congress annual cybersecurity conference
  • Professional recognition and awards programs
  • Discounts on leading industry event registration, learning materials, services and more.

 

Learn About Membership

Before you begin your journey to CCSP certification, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the (ISC)² certification process. Earning the CCSP – or any (ISC)² certification – requires much more than passing a challenging exam that measures your mastery and skill across the relevant domains and subject matter. (ISC)² exams are experiential-based, which means they evaluate candidates’ knowledge, skills and abilities gained over years of on-the-job, in-the-field application of the tools, concepts and practices that other cybersecurity professionals deem essential for a CCSP. 

Prior to a CCSP candidate sitting for an exam, the expectation is they will meet the CCSP Experience Requirements and have at least five years of cumulative, paid work experience in information technology, of which three years must be in information security and one year must be in one or more of the six domains of the (ISC)² CCSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Earning the CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement. While you may sit for and pass the CCSP exam before earning the prerequisite years of experience, you cannot earn your certification until you have gained the required work experience (learn more about our Associate of (ISC)² program if you do not yet meet the experience requirements). 

Once an exam is passed, validation of your work experience is accomplished through the endorsement process. You will receive an email with your official exam results and instructions to begin endorsement. This process requires an assessment by (ISC)² Member Services of your submitted work experience and a formal endorsement from another (ISC)² member.

After the endorsement process is complete, you are required to commit to and fully support the (ISC)² Code of Ethics:

  • Protect society, the common good, necessary public trust and confidence, and the infrastructure.
  • Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.
  • Provide diligent and competent service to principles.
  • Advance and protect the profession.

You will then be notified via email that you can pay your first Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) of U.S. $125 to begin your three-year certification cycle.

Finally, (ISC)² certification is often a career-long commitment for many cybersecurity professionals. Maintaining your CCSP extends well beyond passing the exam. It requires earning continuing professional education (CPE) credits that ensure your skills remain current and demonstrates to employers and your peers that you are committed to your ongoing professional development.

All candidates should familiarize themselves with (ISC)² exam policies and procedures. Learn everything you need to know before, during and after your exam, including exam fees, exam scoring and formatting, the exam agreement, how to request special accommodations, how to reschedule an exam and much more.

Learn More

What to Expect on the CCSP Exam

Exam outlines are available for all (ISC)² certifications, and they provide details on the domains covered by each exam. Visit the CCSP Exam Outline and explore the domains covered by the exam.

CCSP Exam Outline

Register for the CCSP Exam

All CCSP exams are administered by our exclusive global partner Pearson VUE. If you’re ready to pursue the CCSP certification, commit yourself now by registering for the exam. You can find details on testing locations, policies, accommodations and more on the Pearson VUE website.

Register Now

Although not required, many candidates find it helpful to take advantage of Official (ISC)² education prior to their exams.

(ISC)² CCSP education provides an in-depth review of the concepts and domains covered in the CCSP Exam Outline – upon which the CCSP Common Body of Knowledge is developed. (ISC)² education helps you strengthen your critical thinking skills, so you can apply your knowledge and years of experience to make your most reasonable judgments possible during your CCSP exam.

From self-paced to online or in-person instructor-led, (ISC)² has a cybersecurity education option designed just for you:

 

We also partner with leading education providers around the world to make sure you have convenient access to official training that fits your needs, location and schedule. All instructors are verified security experts, authorized by (ISC)² to deliver the most relevant, up-to-date course content developed by (ISC)².

Explore CCSP Education

Once you earn your (ISC)² certification, you are a member of our association.

As an (ISC)² member, you never stop learning and growing. We provide access to a full suite of benefits and resources to help enable your continuing education and development to keep you ahead of the latest threats, best practices and industry trends. Learn more about how certification is just the first step in your (ISC)² membership and how you can take advantage of:

  • Enriching professional development and volunteer opportunities
  • Peer-to-peer networking and best-practice sharing
  • (ISC)² Security Congress annual cybersecurity conference
  • Professional recognition and awards programs
  • Discounts on leading industry event registration, learning materials, services and more.

 

Learn About Membership

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