CCSP CBK Domains

The CCSP examination domains and weights are:

Domains

Weight

1. Architectural Concepts & Design Requirements

19%

2. Cloud Data Security

20%

3. Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security

19%

4. Cloud Application Security

15%

5. Operations

15%

6. Legal & Compliance

12%

Total

100%


Architectural Concepts & Design Requirements – Cloud computing concepts & definitions based on the ISO/IEC 17788 standard; security concepts and principles relevant to secure cloud computing.

  • Understand Cloud Computing Concepts
  • Describe Cloud Reference Architecture
  • Understand Security Concepts Relevant to Cloud Computing
  • Understand Design Principles of Secure Cloud Computing
  • Identify Trusted Cloud Services

Cloud Data Security – Concepts, principles, structures, and standards used to design, implement, monitor, and secure, operating systems, equipment, networks, applications, and those controls used to enforce various levels of confidentiality, integrity, and availability in cloud environments.

  • Understand Cloud Data Lifecycle
  • Design and Implement Cloud Data Storage Architectures
  • Design and Apply Data Security Strategies
  • Understand and Implement Data Discovery and Classification Technologies
  • Design and Implement Relevant Jurisdictional Data Protections for Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
  • Design and Implement Data Rights Management
  • Plan and Implement Data Retention, Deletion, and Archiving Policies
  • Design and Implement Auditability, Traceability and Accountability of Data Events

Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security – Knowledge of the cloud infrastructure components, both the physical and virtual, existing threats, and mitigating and developing plans to deal with those threats.

  • Comprehend Cloud Infrastructure Components
  • Analyze Risks Associated to Cloud Infrastructure
  • Design and Plan Security Controls
  • Plan Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Management

Cloud Application Security – Processes involved with cloud software assurance and validation; and the use of verified secure software.

  • Recognize the need for Training and Awareness in Application Security
  • Understand Cloud Software Assurance and Validation
  • Use Verified Secure Software
  • Comprehend the Software Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) Process
  • Apply the Secure Software Development Life-Cycle
  • Comprehend the Specifics of Cloud Application Architecture
  • Design Appropriate Identity and Access Management (IAM) Solutions

Operations – Identifying critical information and the execution of selected measures that eliminate or reduce adversary exploitation of it; requirements of cloud architecture to running and managing that infrastructure; definition of controls over hardware, media, and the operators with access privileges as well as the auditing and monitoring are the mechanisms, tools and facilities.

  • Support the Planning Process for the Data Center Design
  • Implement and Build Physical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
  • Run Physical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
  • Manage Physical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
  • Build Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
  • Run Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
  • Manage Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
  • Ensure Compliance with Regulations and Controls (e.g., ITIL, ISO/IEC 20000-1)
  • Conduct Risk Assessment to Logical and Physical Infrastructure
  • Understand the Collection, Acquisition and Preservation of Digital Evidence
  • Manage Communication with Relevant Parties

Legal & Compliance – Addresses ethical behavior and compliance with regulatory frameworks. Includes investigative measures and techniques, gathering evidence (e.g., Legal Controls, eDiscovery, and Forensics); privacy issues and audit process and methodologies; implications of cloud environments in relation to enterprise risk management.

  • Understand Legal Requirements and Unique Risks within the Cloud Environment
  • Understand Privacy Issues, Including Jurisdictional Variation
  • Understand Audit Process, Methodologies, and Required Adaptions for a Cloud Environment
  • Understand Implications of Cloud to Enterprise Risk Management
  • Understand Outsourcing and Cloud Contract Design
  • Execute Vendor Management

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