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9 hours 59 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
10
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>> In this lesson, we're going to talk about
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the CCSK exam itself and I'm going to
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give you an overview of the materials it
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covers and some background on the exam as well.
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The exam is administered by
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the Cloud Security Alliance
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or I should say more specifically,
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the Cloud Security Alliance is who provides you with
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the actual CCSK certificate and they are the group
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that creates the test content of the actual exam.
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They've been defining and raising awareness for
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security Cloud best practices since about 2008,
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that's the real core mission.
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They're not specific to any particular Cloud vendor,
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in fact, they're not even specific
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to public Cloud versus private Cloud.
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More so the difference is that
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the Cloud concepts bring when it comes to security.
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They have chapters throughout the globe that host local,
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regional, and national summits.
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Once you get your certification,
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even before you have your cert,
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go ahead and reach out.
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If you're interested in providing
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a professional networking group,
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they host educational workshops on a regular basis,
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they operate the CSA Security Trust
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and Assurance Registry,
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also known as the STAR.
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We're going to look at that a little bit
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later when we're going through content.
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It's a great registry centralized
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that takes a look at all the different vendors
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and Cloud vendors when we're talking about
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not just the traditional public Cloud vendors,
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the AWS, Azure, Google,
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DigitalOcean, Alibaba, and so on.
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Also Cloud vendors that are providing
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SaaS-based services who may
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themselves be working within those public Cloud vendors.
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As I mentioned, 2008 is when
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the CSA started they officially formed in 2009.
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The first version of
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the security guidance for critical areas of focus for
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Cloud computing was subsequently issued in 2009 as well.
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We are going to be looking at Version 4 in
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this particular exam preparation,
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and in a few moments we're going to
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actually navigate to their site because
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I'm going to want you to get a copy of
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this guidance and even read it for yourself because
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it is what a lot of
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the exam questions are
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based off of the material in that guidance.
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2010 is when they actually created
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the CCSK certification itself,
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and then in 2015,
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they worked with ISC organization to develop the CCSP.
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One of the certifications I have, the CISSP,
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Certified Information Systems Security Professional
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is administered by a different group other than the CSA.
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Then once you get the CISSP,
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you can then get
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a specialized certification called the CCSP,
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which is the Cloud Certified Security Professional.
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ISC who administers the CCISP,
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they worked with the CSA to create that certification.
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Let's talk about the exam itself,
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it's administered online and it is open book.
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If you have good notes, if you take notes,
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if you use the notes associated with this course,
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if you collect some of
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the notes and materials that we're going to
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be acquiring in a few moments
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as well for additional studies,
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however you want do it, it is open-book.
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You only have 90 minutes to answer
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60 multiple choice questions.
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That's a minute and a half per question.
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Yes, you could try to Google away,
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but the reality is you're not going to make it
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through and find the answers to all 90 questions,
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or frankly, with a passing requirement
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of 80 percent score.
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Even 80 percent of those 60 questions,
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I think you're going to have a very,
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very tough time googling enough answers.
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You're really going to want to know some of this,
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you're going to want to have well-organized notes.
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If you do that going through answering the questions,
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the content, it'll be much easier.
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It costs $395 to take the exam,
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it's not overwhelmingly expensive
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depending on your income,
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but it is an amount
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and it's not the thing you just want to be taking
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the exam and wasting away your time by
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failing the exam and taking it
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again and again because it will add up.
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When you do get the exam,
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there are no annual recurring fees or anything like that.
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That's the good part about the certification,
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once you get it, it does not expire.
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This course includes materials,
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sample questions, and study notes,
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but it's not an official study course for
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the CCSK exam being
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sanctioned by the Cloud Security Alliance.
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They themselves have some official study materials
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that you can download for free.
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In addition to what you get from this Cybrary course,
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I'm really going to recommend that you actually obtain
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the free materials from
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Cloud Security Alliance itself directly,
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but switch over to our browser,
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and navigate to those materials.
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Here we have the cloudsecurityalliance.org website.
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You can navigate this and find out
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all different and additional information
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about the Cloud Security Alliance itself,
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up-to-date white papers that they publish,
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good information on events as well.
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For this purpose, I want to
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navigate to the education, the training,
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and certificates area, which
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provides more information around the CCSK exam.
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This is where you can purchase it and actually,
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the exam will get administered
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through this website as well.
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You can see some of the official training materials
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and instructions can be purchased here.
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There's a free prep kit definitely
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recommend you download that.
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More specifically if we go into
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the training and certifications and we
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drop into the certificate of Cloud security knowledge,
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we can see here's the Security Guidance Version 4.
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You're definitely going to want to
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download that and if I scroll down a little bit further,
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here's where you can download that, it's a PDF.
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That is the main body
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from which the materials on the exam are pulled.
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There's two other documents that
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you're going to want to download too,
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go ahead and do that because I'm going to be referencing
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these as we proceed in
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some of the later lessons in this course,
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the ENISA recommendations for Cloud Security and the CCM,
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the Cloud Controls Matrix as well.
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The content of the security guidance itself is broken
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up into 14 different domains,
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which you see described here.
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In this course, we're going to be going through
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the content of each one of those domains one at a time,
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and then providing some online quizzes
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and some additional notes for you.
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In addition to those 14 domains,
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we're going to cover the Cloud Controls Matrix,
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which is a part and area of
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the CCSK exam and then the ENISA recommendations also,
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and those being covered
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in these additional documents here.
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Go ahead and download these three documents yourself
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now so you have them as
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reference while we're going through this course.
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Thank you and I look forward to getting into.
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Domain 1. See you shortly.
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