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CCSP Domain Refresh FAQ

Q:

Why are changes being made to the CCSP exam?

A:

(ISC)² has an obligation to its membership to maintain the relevancy of its credentials. These enhancements are the result of a rigorous, methodical process that (ISC)² follows to routinely update its credential exams. This process ensures that the examinations and subsequent continuing professional education requirements encompass the topic areas relevant to the roles and responsibilities of today's practicing cloud security professional.

Q:

How is the CCSP exam changing?

A:

The content of the CCSP has been refreshed to reflect the most pertinent issues that cloud security professionals currently face, along with the best practices for mitigating those issues. Some topics have been updated while others have been realigned. The result is an exam that most accurately reflects the deep knowledge and hands-on experience with cloud security architecture, design, operations and service orchestration.

As a result of the content refresh, we have updated the domain names to describe the topics accurately.

Previous CCSP Domain Name New CCSP Domain Name
Domain 1: Architectural Concepts & Design Requirements Domain 1: Cloud Concepts, Architecture, and Design
Domain 2: Cloud Data Security Domain 2: Cloud Data Security
Domain 3: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Security Domain 3: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Security
Domain 4: Cloud Application Security Domain 4: Cloud Application Security
Domain 5: Operations Domain 5: Cloud Security Operations
Domain 6: Legal & Compliance Domain 6: Legal, Risk, and Compliance

 

The weights for the domains are also changing.

Major Domains Weightings (Percentage)
Domain 1: Cloud Concepts, Architecture, and Design 17%
Domain 2: Cloud Data Security 19%
Domain 3: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Security 17%
Domain 4: Cloud Application Security 17%
Domain 5: Cloud Security Operations 17%
Domain 6: Legal, Risk, and Compliance 13%
Total 100%

 

Q:

Why do domains for (ISC)² credential exams change?

A:

Domains change because it is a reflection of a change in the knowledge, skills and abilities, as indicated by experts through the Job Task Analysis process.

 

Q:

When will these changes go into effect?

A:

The changes will begin on August 1, 2019.

 

Q:

Is the time allowed to take the exam changing?

A:

Yes, the exam time is being shortened from 4 hours to 3 hours. The test length of 100 operational items and 25 pretest items remains unchanged.

 

Q:

Why is the time allowed to take the exam being reduced?

A:

Timing analysis was conducted on other (ISC)² exams with the same test length and an allocated test time of 3 hours. The decision to shorten the test time for the CCSP exam was made to standardize test time across all (ISC)² exams. (ISC)² provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for people who have demonstrated a need for test accommodations. If you wish to request an accommodation, you need to complete a request form and return it to (ISC)² prior to registering for your exam to membersupport@isc2.org

Test accommodations are individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis. Once an accommodation is approved by (ISC)², we’ll send it to Pearson VUE Accommodations. Please allow two to three business days for Pearson VUE to get this information. Then, call Pearson VUE at 800-466-0450, to schedule your exam. Please do not schedule through Pearson VUE’s website or through their main registration phone line. Be sure to contact (ISC)² first.

Please note, the purpose of test accommodations is to provide examinees with full access to the test. However, accommodations are not a guarantee of improved performance or test completion.

Q:

In what language will the refreshed CCSP exam be available?

A:

The refreshed CCSP exam will be available in English only.

 

Q:

If I have been studying for the CCSP exam with material that focuses on the current domains, will I be sufficiently prepared to take the new exam without additional study?

A:

(ISC)² exams are experience-based that include experience-based questions that cannot be learned by studying alone. If you already have the experience in the domains covered in CCSP and believe that you have sufficiently studied those domains, you should feel confident that you are qualified to take the new exam and pass it. (ISC)² cannot guarantee you will pass the exam.

Q:

Do these updates affect the experience requirement for the CCSP?

A:

No. For the CCSP, a candidate is required to have a minimum of five years cumulative work experience in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK.

 

Q:

What impact do these changes have on (ISC)² training materials?

A:

The updated Official (ISC)² CCSP Training Course will be available on October 1, 2019.

 

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