Certified Cloud Security Professional – CCSP Changes in 2022

(ISC)2 will be updating the Certified Cloud Security Professional Exam in August of 2022. The last update to the exam was made in 2019.  

(ISC)2 makes updates to its exams about every three years to keep them current with technological advancements and industry requirements.  

Don’t worry, we here at Cyberkraft have outlined all of the major changes in this article for you, so you won’t have to search around trying to find the right information.

Exam Length and Format

The new exam will be the same length of 4 hours. However, the test will now include 150 questions rather than 125.  

This means that students will need to answer questions much quicker. In the old exam, students had an average time to answer of one minute 54 seconds per question (1:54). The new exam requires students to answer questions much quicker at a rate of one minute 36 seconds per question (1:36). 

To put it simply, the new question format constraints make the test much harder.

Students will have to score a minimum of 700 points out of 1000.  

Experience Requirements

There were no changes to the amount of experience required to earn the CCSP. According to the CCSP Certificate Exam Outline 2022:

“Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in information technology, of which three years must be in information security and one year in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Earning CSA’s Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) certificate can be substituted for one year of experience in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK. Earning (ISC)²’s Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement.”

This means that candidates must have three years of cumulative experience in one or more of the six domains:

– Cloud Concepts, Architecture and Design

– Cloud Data Security

– Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Security

– Cloud Application Security

– Cloud Security Operations

– Legal, Risk, and Compliance

CISSPs can earn their CCSP certification without having any relevant experience. In fact, CISSPs can self-sponsor, meaning that they won’t require another ISC2 certified member to verify their level of experience.

If you do require sponsorship, don’t worry, Cyberkraft can verify your experience and sponsor you to ISC2.  Your instructor will help you through this step during your class.

Domain Changes

The changes in domains between the two exams are very small. Overall, there is only a 1% change in the domain weights.  Cloud Data Security increased in weight by 1% while Cloud Security Operations decreased in weight by 1%.  Otherwise, the weights are identical.

There were changes to various subdomains throughout the exam.  For example, subdomain 2.4 added the concepts of Semi-structured data and Data location. Threat modeling was added to subdomain 4.3.  The most significant change is that subdomain 5.3 now includes all topics from the old subdomains 5.2 and 5.3. The new subdomains includes all steps to build AND manage physical and logical infrastructures in a cloud environment, while building and maintaining we split in the old version. Though these changes are minor and the core concepts of cloud computing remain the same.

Test Preparation

The CCSP requires a firm understanding of cloud technologies and cloud risk management.  Much of the material for the CCSP draws upon the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). So, it is helpful to understand key risk management concepts and ITbasics from the CISSP materials. 

It is assumed that candidates maintain a firm understanding of networking basics, to include port and protocol uses.  

To help you earn your CCSP hassle-free, we here at Cyberkraft have developed two fantastic training options for you.  

Self-Paced CCSP Training

First, there’s our self-paced CCSP course. This course teaches everything you need to pass the CCSP exam on the first attempt. 

This course includes 18 hours of high-definition video lessons to teach you every concept found on the CCSP exam.  You’ll also receive 12 practice quizzes and three full simulation exams.

This course comes with our 7-day full money-back guarantee.  If you’re not completely satisfied with the course after 7 days, you’ll receive a full refund!

Check out our self-paced course here: https://cyberkrafttraining.com/ccsp-sp/

Instructor Led Classes & Bootcamps

Become a cloud security EXPERT with our CCSP Bootcamps

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Our CCSP Bootcamp comes with:

– 40 hours of live instruction

– Two quizzes per domain with twenty questions per quiz

– 18 hours of HD video lessons

– Software demonstrations and tutorials

– Lifetime course access

– Three 80 question simulation exams

– Expert instruction and mentorship

– Enrollment in our Cyberkraft Alumni Program to help you find a job after completing the course!

You can also try out our CCSP materials by purchasing just Domain 1 of our CCSP Course for only $19.  Remember, this course comes with our full 7-day money-back guarantee!


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