National Credential
Credential: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2)

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. ((ISC)2) Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential is designed for experienced information security professionals with at least five years of full-time IT experience, including three years of information security and at least one year in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK. Earning (ISC)²’s CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement. The topics included in the CCSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) ensure its relevancy across all disciplines in the field of cloud security. Successful candidates are competent in the following 6 domains: Cloud Concepts, Architecture and Design, Cloud Data Security, Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security, Cloud Application Security, Cloud Security Operations, and Legal, Risk and Compliance.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI other          
Warrant Officer 255A Information Services Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255N Network Management Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255S Information Protection Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255Z Senior Network Operations Technician WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2)
311 Park Place Blvd
Suite 400
Clearwater, FL  33759
Phone: (866) 331-4722
Fax: (703) 356-7977
Email: membersupport@isc2.org

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

Option 1: Candidate must have a minimum of five (5) years of cumulative paid full-time information technology experience, of which three (3) years must be in information security and one (1) year in one of the six (6) domains of the CCSP examination.

Option 2: Earning (ISC)²’s CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement.

The Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential has the following other requirements:

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

  • Cloud Concepts, Architecture and Design (17%)
    • Understand Cloud Computing Concepts
    • Describe Cloud Reference Architecture
    • Understand Security Concepts Relevant to Cloud Computing
    • Understand Design Principles of Secure Cloud Computing
    • Evaluate Cloud Service Providers
  • Cloud Data Security (19%)
    • Describe Cloud Data Concepts
    • Design and Implement Cloud Data Storage Architectures
    • Design and Apply Data Security Technologies and Strategies
    • Implement Data Discovery
    • Implement Data Classification
    • Design and Implement Information Rights Management (IRM)
    • Plan and Implement Data Retention, Deletion and Archiving Policies
    • Design and Implement Auditability, Traceability and Accountability of Data Events
  • Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security (17%)
    • Comprehend Cloud Infrastructure Components
    • Design a Secure Data Center
    • Analyze Risks Associated with Cloud Infrastructure
    • Design and Plan Security Controls
    • Plan Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC)
  • Cloud Application Security (17%)
    • Advocate Training and Awareness for Application Security
    • Describe the Secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Process
    • Apply the Secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
    • Apply Cloud Software Assurance and Validation
    • Use Verified Secure Software
    • Comprehend the Specifics of Cloud Application Architecture
    • Design Appropriate Identity and Access Management (IAM) Solutions
  • Cloud Security Operations (17%)
    • Implement and Build Physical and Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
    • Operate Physical and Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
    • Manage Physical and Logical Infrastructure for Cloud Environment
    • Implement Operational Controls and Standards (e.g., Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 20000-1)
    • Support Digital Forensics
    • Manage Communication with Relevant Parties
    • Manage Security Operations
  • Legal, Risk and Compliance (13%)
    • Articulate Legal Requirements and Unique Risks within the Cloud Environment
    • Understand Privacy Issues
    • Understand Audit Process, Methodologies, and Required Adaptations for a Cloud Environment
    • Understand Implications of Cloud to Enterprise Risk Management
    • Understand Outsourcing and Cloud Contract Design

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CCSPs are required to earn and post a minimum of 30 CPE credits and pay an Annual Maintenance Fee during each year of the three-year certification cycle before the member’s certification or recertification annual anniversary date.