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Cloud Security (CCSK)

3-day training preparing you for the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), the industry's first vendor-neutral Cloud Security certification from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)

Most of our courses (including in-company trainings) are now organized live online.
In case you are not satisfied with the results, we offer you (if possible) a seat
in the classroom training later this year, at no extra cost.

Cloud Security (CCSK) v4 – mode of study

Option 1: Public 3-day CCSK version 4 live classroom training
Option 2: Online Cloud Security (CCSK) training
Option 3: In-house training

CCSK – a solid foundation in Cloud Security issues and best practices

CCSK - IMF AcademyThis 3-day training prepares you for the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) and covers all domain topics outlined by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the recommendations from the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). Did you know that almost 75% of all organizations find security the greatest barrier for cloud adoption?

CCSK version 4

CCSK version 4 is the latest version and has been updated with many new topics and their security implications. This includes:
• SDP (Software Defined Perimeter) and SDN (Software Defined Networking)
• CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker)
• Serverless and containers
• The EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
• Hybrid Cloud as a cloud migration strategy
• Cloud native architects: resilience engineering, DevOps
• Application areas: IoT, big data, mobile
• And more...

About the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)

CSA - IMF AcademyThe Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a not-for-profit vendor-neutral organisation with the mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assistance within cloud computing. They provide education on the use of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other stakeholders. The CSA certification board is a diverse group of cloud security experts from around the world.

Cloud Security (CCSK) - the industry's first Cloud Security certification

The CCSK is strongly supported by a broad coalition of experts and organisations from around the world. The collaboration between CSA and ENISA means that the world's 2 leading organisations for vendor-neutral cloud security research are providing the foundation for the industry's first cloud security certification.

About the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)

enisa - IMF AcademyENISA is the EU's response to cyber security issues within the European Union. The objective of ENISA is to be the European hub for exchange of information, best practices and knowledge in the field of information security.

Cloud Security training and certification – for who?

Cloud Security (CCSK) online trainingThis 3-day CCSK training is relevant for any IT professional who is planning to use cloud computing or is already working in the cloud. Naturally, the audience will include the likes of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and IT security professional.

Cloud Security (CCSK) exam

The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) is a web-based, multiple-choice examination of individual competency in key cloud security issues. The test is a 60 question, timed examination, which must be completed within 90 minutes. Should you fail the first time, you can try again without any further cost.

Will the Cloud Security (CCSK) certification expire?

The CCSK certification does not expire, however it will have a version number belonging to a specific edition of the Body of Knowledge.

Cloud Security (CCSK) Body of Knowledge

The Body of Knowledge for this Cloud Security training includes:

  • CSA Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v4.0
  • ENISA Book on Cloud Computing Security Risk Assessment
  • CSA Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM)

Materials will be made available in digital form, and a printed summary handout will be provided.

Cloud Security (CCSK) - prerequisites

The Cloud Security training is designed to interest any IT professional and there are no requirements for preliminary knowledge or understanding of this subject matter. To pass the CCSK exam, you do not need to have any specific knowledge about or experience with the cloud. Please bring your laptop with you to the training.

Limited number of attendees

The number of attendees is limited because of the interactive labs.

Level of the training

The CCSK training is held on a bachelor level.


The CCSK training is lectured in English.

CPE points

The Cloud Security (CCSK) training may qualify for 12 or more CPE points. You can use these for maintaining a.o. your CISSP (re)certification.

CCSK vs CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional)

Based on the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), (ISC)2 - in collaboration with the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) - developed the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification in 2015. CCSP is a broader certification than CCSK with a tougher exam. Moreover, you need to have at least 5 years of working experience in IT. You must have spent at least 3 years in security, and at least 1 year in cloud computing.  If you are already very knowledgeable and experienced in cloud and cloud security, CCSP would be a better choice for you.

Cloud Security (CCSK) training - feedback from participants

"This training will help us to develop a security strategy and architecture and provide us the bullit point to address these better."

"The Cloud Security training helped to get a better understanding of both; cloud and security."

"The training was useful to understand cloud structure a bit more in detail. I will use this information in my organisation."

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An in-company training on Cloud Security, customized to the needs of your organization, has many advantages and:

  • saves you and your colleagues time
  • enables you to train in the comfort of your own working environment
  • saves travel and accommodation expenses
  • can be arranged at a time convenient for you
  • sensitive issues can be discussed openly since no outsiders are present

With at least 8 participants, an in-house training could be your best option.

Would you prefer an in-company training? Please contact us for more information or to discuss the various possibilities.


Cloud Security (CCSK) – training program
The CCSK training covers the entire version 4 Body of Knowledge. CCSK covers cloud definitions, architecture and a discussion of risks from many perspectives. There are also many contemporary topics such as DevOps, big data, containers, and more. Furthermore, the labs give a good introduction in practical Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure security. A selection of labs (AWS, MS Azure, and OpenStack) is available upon request.

Master the cloud and cloud security

  • Introduction to cloud computing
  • Infrastructure and virtualization security
  • Management plane security
  • Practical exercise on AWS, OpenStack or MS Azure

Managing cloud security

  • Managing cloud security
  • Risk analysis
  • Data security for cloud
  • Audit, compliance, and the CCM (Cloud Control Matrix)
  • Practical labs

CCSK exam preparation

  • Securing cloud applications
  • Cloud data architectures
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) and Security as a Service (Saas)
  • Review and evaluation
  • CCSK exam preparation
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The trainer of this 3-day Cloud Security (CCSK) certification training is a fully certified and accredited CSA trainer.

Start date(s)

The Cloud Security Certification (CCSK) training takes place on 3 consecutive days. The training is held only once a year in Utrecht (The Netherlands) on:

  • Please keep an eye on our website for new course dates or request a brochure so we can inform you about our current course planning!

N.B. Do you want to be Cloud Security certified in the meantime, please see our online Cloud Security (CCSK) training!

Fee / Registration

The fee of the 3-day Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) training is € 2,480 (VAT excl.). The fee includes all lunches, coffee/tea, training materials, and test token to take the CCSK exam (value € 250 per person). Should you fail the first time, you can try again without any further costs. A notebook computer with wireless capability is required for all training days.

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Payment of course fees must be received within 30 days of the invoice date, though always before the start of the course.

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