CCSP Study Resources [updated 2021]

October 4, 2021 by Fakhar Imam

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, the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)², offers many study resources to aspiring candidates for the Certified Cloud Security Professionals (CCSP) certification exam.

In this article, we’ll be reviewing some of the available study resources, including traditional textbooks, study guides and contemporary tools such as interactive study apps and flashcards, to help you prepare for the CCSP exam (August 1, 2019 version). You can choose one of the options below to help you learn at your own pace and spend extra time on material when needed to reinforce concepts.

What are the best books to help prep for the CCSP?

Some of the books containing in-depth information to help prepare for and achieve CCSP certification are as follows:

Official (ISC)2 CCSP CBK Reference, 3rd Edition – A comprehensive resource that provides a reference to each of the six CCSP domains. This fully revised and updated book is an important resource for IT and information security leaders responsible for applying best practices to cloud security architecture, design, operations and service orchestration, says (ISC)².

CCSP Certified Cloud Security Professional All-in-One Exam, Second Edition – A highly effective self-study guide covering all six domains of the 2019 CCSP exam. This resource includes exam tips that highlight key information and practice questions that allow you to test your comprehension. It also includes real-world examples that help put knowledge in context.

What are the best study guides for the CCSP?

The official study guide can help candidates pass and avoid additional test attempts.

Official (ISC)² CCSP Study Guide, Second Edition – As the only official study guide reviewed and endorsed by (ISC)2, this book is a valuable reference on your journey to becoming CCSP-certified. This Sybex study guide covers 100% of all exam objectives. It includes a study toolset that contains pre-test assessments that help you identify what you already know and areas you may need to further review. What’s more, there are exercises and chapter review questions to help you gauge your progress along the way.

What are the best online resources to prep for the CCSP?

There are several online options for professionals preparing for the CCSP test to improve their certification success. Here are a few of the options offered by (ISC)² but many other interesting tools and courses are available online from reputable training providers, MOOC (massive open online courses) sites and (ISC)² partners:

The (ISC)² Certification Prep Kit is an educational resource that can help candidates plan for success in CCSP. Available online, it contains facts on (ISC)² training and study tools and provides a sneak peek into official courseware, tips, and more.

Official (ISC)² CBK Training Seminars for the CCSP – Annual seminars taught directly from (ISC)² Authorized Instructors who are certified CCSPs and subject matter experts. They deliver relevant, up-to-date course content online and give a comprehensive review of the six domains of the CBK. Professionals can take part in independent and group learning activities to reinforce the material and increase knowledge retention.

CCSP Study Group – A (ISC)² community that consists of discussion threads concerning users who have recently prepared for and then passed the CCSP exam. This can be a great forum to meet like-minded candidates or certified CCSPs and ask or find answers to questions from other candidates.

Official CCSP Study App – A mobile version of the Official CCSP Study Guide that includes flashcards, study questions, and practice tests covering all of the domains in the CBK.

Official CCSP Flash Cards is a unique way to test your knowledge and get immediate feedback on all six CCSP domains.

What are the best practice exams for the CCSP?

Taking a practice test can help you do better on the actual exam day. With so many resources to consider, it is better to first evaluate your strengths and weaknesses using some of these practice materials:

Official (ISC)² CCSP Practice Tests, 2nd Edition – This book, the only official CCSP practice test product endorsed by (ISC)², incorporates over 1,000 practice questions covering all CCSP six domains. Each question contains a correct answer and its explanation.

CCSP (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional Exam Practice Questions and Dumps by Maester Books provide actual practice exam questions and answers for the latest exam so that you can prepare well for the CCSP certification. This resource has 250+ exam questions that can help to be certified fast and easily.

(ISC)2 CCSP Actual Exam Questions and Answers by EXAM BOOST offers more than 250 questions and answers taken from previous tests. It was published in May 2020 and therefore offers updated content for the current exam version.

The journey to CCSP certification — where to start? 

As CCSP exam candidates are becoming more accustomed to the benefits of self-learning, this article provides a guide to the books and study aids that can help pursue the CCSP certification.

The starting point, however, is always the CCSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). This is a comprehensive framework of all the relevant subjects a security professional should be familiar with, so preparation is key to know what’s required in the field.

CBK suggested references can be acquired or consulted to complement work and academic experience, but (ISC)² does not imply nor guarantee that the study of these references will result in an examination pass.

To prepare a valuable study plan, candidates should evaluate their needs regarding availability of time, study preferences, and learning style. They should also spend some time assessing their strengths and weaknesses in the various topics. A number of the tools listed above can help them do just that.

Official study guides and learning resources are available at 50% off for (ISC)² members. Still, it is valuable to also look for other options that might help fill various knowledge gaps and address CCSP topics from different perspectives.     



Posted: October 4, 2021
Fakhar Imam
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Fakhar Imam is a professional writer with a master’s program in Masters of Sciences in Information Technology (MIT). To date, he has produced articles on a variety of topics including on Computer Forensics, CISSP, and on various other IT related tasks.

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