CCSK Training


Cloud Computing Security Knowledge – Basic

3.7.2014 9:00-17:00 (7 CPE)

Cloud Computing Security Knowledge – Plus

3.7.2014 9:00-17:00 and 4.7.2014 9:00-16:00 (13 CPE)


There is a lot of hype and uncertainty around cloud security, but this class will slice through the hyperbole and provide students with the practical knowledge they need to understand the real cloud security issues and solutions. The Cloud Computing Security Knowledge- Basic class provides students a comprehensive one day review of cloud security fundamentals and prepares them to take the Cloud Security Alliance CCSK certification exam. Starting with a detailed description of cloud computing, the course covers all major domains in the latest Guidance document from the Cloud Security Alliance, and the recommendations from the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

This class is geared towards security professionals, but is also useful for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of cloud security. (We recommend attendees have at least a basic understanding of security fundamentals, such as firewalls, secure development, encryption, and identity management).

The CCSK – Plus class builds upon the CCSK Basic class with expanded material and extensive hands-on activities with a second day of training. Students will learn to apply their knowledge as they perform a series of exercises as they complete a scenario bringing a fictional organization securely into the cloud.

This second day of training includes additional lecture, although student’s will spend most of their time assessing, building, and securing a cloud infrastructure during the exercises.


At the end of this Cloud Security training course students will have built a deeper understanding of:

  • Cloud computing characteristics, resources, service models and security considerations
  • Creating and Securing a Public Cloud Instance how is security impacted by the adoption of one or more cloud service models. What to expect from providers. Risk, Governance and Compliance considerations when looking at Cloud solutions.
  • Securing Data in the Public Cloud cloud data storage options, moving data throughout the management lifecycle and encryption architectures.
  • Securing users and applications in the cloud include the provider in your threat assessment, testing implications, Identity Management standards.
  • Creating and Securing Private Cloud virtulisation security concepts, managed internally or externally, on or off site.



This Cloud Security training course is aimed at Security professionals, IT Managers, those responsible for technical risk, governance and assurance, those delivering cloud solutions and those looking at expanding their cloud security knowledge. It is expected that attendees will have knowledge of security fundamentals such as: firewalls, encryption, secure development and identity management.


Day 1

This course is broken out into 6modules that cover the 13 domains of the CSA Guidance and the ENISA Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks and Recommendations for Information Security.

Module 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing. This module covers the fundamentals of cloud computing, including definitions, architectures, and the role of virtualization. Key topics include cloud computing service models, delivery models, and fundamental characteristics. It also introduces a model for assessing the risk of moving to the cloud.

Module 2: Infrastructure Security for Cloud Computing. This modules digs into the details of securing the core infrastructure for cloud computing- including cloud components, networks, management interfaces, and administrator credentials. Students will learn the key components to public and private clouds and techniques for securing them.

Module 3: Managing Cloud Security and Risk. This module covers important considerations for managing security for cloud computing. It begins with risk assessment and governance, then covers legal and compliance issues, such as discovery requirements in the cloud. It finishes with a discussion or portability and interoperability and managing incident response when working with cloud providers.

Module 4: Data Security for Cloud Computing. One of the biggest issues in cloud security is protecting data. This module covers information lifecycle management for the cloud and how to apply security controls, with an emphasis on public cloud. Topics include the Data Security Lifecycle, cloud storage models, data security issues with different delivery models, and managing encryption in and for the cloud.

Module 5: Application Security and Identity Management for Cloud Computing. This module covers identity management and application security for cloud deployments. Topics include federated identity and different IAM applications, secure development, and managing application security in and for the cloud.

Module 6: Selecting Cloud Services. This module covers key considerations when evaluating, selecting, and managing cloud computing providers. It includes important questions to ask and what to look for. We also discuss the role of Security as a Service providers.

Day 2 (please bring your own laptop):

This second day of training includes additional lecture, although student’s will spend most of their time assessing, building, and securing a cloud infrastructure during the exercises.

Exercise 1: Introduction and Risk Analysis. Students will be introduced to the day’s scenario and build a threat model for migrating to the cloud.

Exercise 2: Create and Secure a Public Cloud Instance. Students will create a basic cloud instance on a public cloud infrastructure and establish a security baseline. Topics include creating an AWS instance, establishing network security, and understanding machine images.

Exercise 3: Encrypt Public Cloud Data. In this module students will dive into cloud storage options and learn the basics to encrypt data for their public cloud deployment.

Exercise 4: Create and Secure a Cloud Application: Now the students will secure their first public application for the cloud, following best practices such as architecting their cloud application stack and managing appropriate network security.

Exercise 5: Identity Management for the Cloud. Students will create a basic federated identity infrastructure to support their cloud application and learn additional details on standards like SAML and OAuth.

Exercise 6: Create and Secure a Private Cloud. Students will establish a basic private cloud, then launch and secure their first cloud instances.

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