Passing any certification exam requires smart study: wasting time on irrelevant resources or information will bring your progress to a standstill. To thwart this issue, (ISC)2 offers a great deal of training and study resources to aspiring candidates for the Certified Cloud Security Professionals (CCSP) certification exam. These resources include traditional textbooks, study guides and contemporary tools such as interactive study apps and flashcards.

In addition, (ISC)2 offers 50% discounts on all textbooks for its members. To become a member, you can create an account here.  

In this article, we’ll be reviewing some of the best available training tools to help you prep for the CCSP. If you’re interested in reading more about CCSP certification, check out our guide to the certification process here.

What Are the Best Books to Help Prep for the CCSP?

The Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CCSP CBK, Second Edition

The Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CCSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) is written by Adam Gordon. It is the fundamental study tool for candidates aspiring to pass the CCSP exam. This book presents ideas in a clearly understandable way, generously illustrated with tables, illustrations, frameworks, and real-world scenarios.

The updated second edition encompasses the best techniques and practices used by the world’s most famous and experienced security practitioners and is the most up-to-date version available, with a step-by-step guide provided for each of the six CCSP domains. Worldwide cloud security professionals compiled and reviewed this textbook and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) endorsed this definitive encyclopedia of cloud security.

You can buy the book here.

What Are the Best Study Guides for the CCSP?

The Official (ISC)2 CCSP Study Guide

This study guide is also an official publication of (ISC)2. It is written by Brian O’Hara and Ben Malisow. This guide offers Sybex study tools that help candidates to prepare smarter and faster, allowing them to feel comfortable and confident on the exam day. Sybex study tools include:

  • Pre-test assessments
  • Exercises
  • Objective maps
  • Chapter review questions

In addition, this study guide also offers a Sybex interactive online learning environment that incorporates:

  • Two complete practice exams
  • Hundreds of flashcards
  • Access to a PDF glossary

You can buy the Official (ISC)2 CCSP Study Guide from Amazon and elsewhere.

CCSP Certified Cloud Security Professional All-in-One Exam Guide

The CCSP Certified Cloud Security Professional All-in-One Exam Guide is authored by Daniel Carter and established by both (ISC)2 and CSA. This self-study guide provides candidates with 100% coverage of all the six domains of CCSP exam. Every subject in this guide is clearly explained, practice questions are featured accurately, and real-world examples are given properly. In addition, this guide offers various other features, including:

  • Exam tips and summary at the end of each chapter
  • Practice questions
  • Electronic content incorporating 300+ downloadable practice questions (PC compatible)

You can buy this guide here.

What Are the Best Online Resources to Prep for the CCSP?

(ISC)2 Online Self-Paced Training and Official CCSP Flash Cards

(ISC)2 Online Self-Paced Training allows candidates to study on their own convenient schedule and provides an alternative to traditional classroom training. This online training course delivers a modular training combined with interactive study material. Once you purchase this course, you can access the course content for 120 days. (Please note: (ISC)2 does not allow an extension for the completion of the course; therefore, the candidates should work diligently to complete their course within a given time.)

With Official CCSP Flash Cards, CCSP aspirants can study anytime and anywhere for their CCSP certification exam. This is the latest, unique, and interactive way to test your knowledge about the cloud security subject. While performing the test, you will get immediate feedback about whether your answer is correct or not. It also has the ability to flag individual cards for a separate study. In addition, cards are segmented for each domain to make learning easier.  This learning tools also offers other additional study moods, including:

  • Speller: Answer the term you hear
  • Learn: Answer the term displayed
  • Test: Select the mood or type of questions you want to answer. The available types include written, multiple choice, true/false, and matching
  • SpaceRace (Game): With this game, you will destroy the scrolling words by typing the corresponding term
  • Scatter (Game): This game also tests your knowledge by asking you to drag and drop different items onto each other to make them disappear

You can access this learning tool via your mobile device. To do so, download a free Quizlet app for Android and iOS and then search for “Official (ISC)2 CCSP.” You can download this study material in 6 sets. Each set emulates one of the six CCSP domains. Here is the link where you can buy Official (ISC)² CCSP® Flash Cards.

Official (ISC)² CBK Training Seminars for the CCSP

The authorized instructor-led Official (ISC)² CBK Training Seminars for the CCSP is a comprehensive review of the CCSP’s six domains. To reinforce all topics and enhance knowledge retention, (ISC)2 offers several types of activities, including open-ended questions from instructor to the candidates, group discussion, open or closed questions, match and poll questions and group activities. In addition, this training course offers the following features:

  • Official (ISC)2 courseware
  • Candidate’s guide available in electronic format
  • Post-course assessments
  • Collaborative work with classmates
  • Real-world scenarios and learning activities
  • Interactive online flashcards
  • Led by an authorized (ISC)2 instructor

(ISC)2 Online Instructor-Led Training

(ISC)2 Online Instructor-Led Training provides an access to a teacher who is an authorized cloud security professional. You can set your own convenient schedule for this course. (ISC)2 offers this online course in different time frames, including:

  • Evening courses: Two 2.5-hour sessions per week over five to eight weeks
  • Weekend courses: Deliver in an eight-hour session over three to five weekend days
  • Weekday courses: Deliver in an eight-hour session over three to five weekdays

Since this training course utilizes Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), the CCSP aspirants must have a computer or laptop with a microphone and speaker.

Official CCSP Study App

Nowadays, study apps are one the most interactive and effective ways of learning. (ISC)2 now allows you to set your own schedule at anytime and anywhere. Using this app, you will be able to use study questions, practice tests, and flashcards that cover all of the 6 CCSP domains.  

Simplilearn Online CCSP Training Course

Simplilearn Online CCSP Training Course helps students train in cloud security design and architecture, operations and applications. This course covers all CCSP CBK by providing step-by-step guidance on every aspect of CCSP. You can book your online training course and download the syllabus.

Kaplan and Skillsoft eLearning Certified Cloud Security Practitioner (CCSP) Course

Kaplan entered into a partnership with Skillsoft to develop eLearning courses. They collectively designed an eLearning CCSP Course. This course offers a cloud-based and mobile-optimized platform whereby a student can conveniently access the course from web-enabled devices.

This course features:

  • A clean and intuitive interface
  • A platform whereby a candidate can measure and report his/her performance
  • Self-paced learning options that fit candidates own schedule
  • Practice questions
  • Downloadable and printable quizzes
  • Simulated exam
  • Performance tracker
  • Key concept flashcards
  • Student discussion board
  • Link to an instructor
  • A full year of online access

What Are the Best Practice Exams for the CCSP?

Official (ISC)² CCSP Practice Tests

With the Official (ISC)² CCSP Practice Tests, you can test your level of understanding and readiness for the exam day. This book incorporates over 1,000 practice questions that cover all CCSP six domains. Each question contains a correct answer and its explanation.

In addition, the logical organization feature allows you test only weak areas rather than wasting time on the topics you have already mastered. Once you realize that you have mastered the entire subject (CCSP), you can take two practice exams to simulate the exam-day experience. You can buy this practice test from Amazon.

Edusum (ISC)2 Practice Exam

The Edusum (ISC)2 Practice Exam includes a comprehensive set of more than 1,690 questions — namely, the (ISC)2 CCSP Question Bank. These questions are composed by interviewing recently-certified CCSP candidates and Edusum’s community cloud security professionals. In addition, Edusum’s mock exam emulates the CCSP exam with the same topic weights, passing criteria, question format and exam duration. This practice exam also offers various other features, including:

  • Unlimited access for two months
  • Self-assessment tests
  • Time-bound practice exam
  • Simulated exams containing MCQs with correct answers
  • Frequent updates
  • Personalize result book and detailed result history

Udemy CCSP Practice Tests

Udemy CCSP Practice Tests incorporates four full 100-question exams for a total of 400 practice questions. You can have a full lifetime access and access on the mobile device. Buy this practice from here.

InfoSec Institute Boot Camp—Your First and Best Bet

InfoSec Institute offers a six-day training class focuses on gearing up candidates for (ISC)2 CCSP certification exam through a review of the entire body of knowledge and practical questions and answers with a high-energy seminar approach. You can enroll in InfoSec’s CCSP Training Boot Camp right away to take the CCSP exam successfully and secure an elite score.

InfoSec has been one of the most-awarded (42 industry awards) and trusted information security training vendors for 17 years and offers a variety of courses and thousands of articles on a variety of security topics.

 

Sources

(ISC)² Self-Study Resources, (ISC)²

CCSP: Cloud Security Professional, Edusum

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