I passed the (ISC)² CCSP exam on my first attempt on December 20 2018.
Still i had to wait until the endorsement was finished and after a few week of (long) waiting the CCSP title was awarded on February 8 2019
The exam wasn’t easy but also not that super hard (like CISSP), but you’ll have to know the facts … facts … and all the facts.
The preparation for my CCSP was all self-study, as i was confident that CISSP gives a huge foundation and the cloud concepts are all around us. I just had to have the right video’s and books. The outline is almost the same as my CISSP preparation ... (don't change the recipe )
The following books helped me with the studying:
CCSP (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional Official Study Guide 1st Edition (978-1119277415) by Brian T. O’Hara and Ben Malisow.
CCSP Certified Cloud Security Professional All-in-One Exam Guide 1st Edition (978-1259835469 ) by Daniel Carter
CCSP Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests 1st Edition (978-119449225) by Ben Malisow
Both CCSP books are a good read and cover most of the materials. The All-in-One Guide is more helpfull if you want to read per domain, Sybex uses a different approach which make the book an easy reader.
Beside the courseware books you should also check out the following documents :
CSA Security Guidance v4
CSA Cloud controls Matrix
Enisa Cloud Computing Risk Assessment
NIST 800-125 Guide to Security for Full Virtualization Technologies
NIST 800-144 Guidelines on security and Privacy in Plublic Cloud Computing
NIST 800-145 Definition of Cloud Computing
NIST 800- 146 Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations
Practice … practice and more practice! Doing practice exams preps you for the official exam and helps you discover the nasty words like Best, Least likey, Most likey.
I started with CCSP Official Practice Tests and on the last day i used the exam engine that comes with the CCSP Certified Cloud Security Professional All-in-One Exam. Found them both very helpfull.
Allthough i have passed the CISSP i must admit being a bit nervous as people say that it’s also a hard test to pass. But in my opinion it’s was a very solid exam and did test you pretty good! I think i finished under 90 minutes and received the Provisionally passed message!
Above is a copy/paste from my blogpost, so if you need links to the preparation material, just take a look: