C)CSO - Certified Cloud Security Officer
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C)CSO – Certified Cloud Security Officer

Duration: 5 days
Format: Instructor-led classroom, Live Online Training
Prerequisites: Recommended minimum one-year experience with virtualization technology or equivalent knowledge. General understanding of cloud architectures. Minimum one-year experience with general security.
Student Materials: Student Workbook, Lab Guide
CPEs: 40 Hours
Certification Exams:Certified Cloud Security Officer Covers CCSP Exam Objectives
Who Should Attend: Virtualization Administrators, Cloud Administrators, CIO, Virtualization and Cloud Auditors, Virtualization and Cloud Compliance Officers, anyone that needs a general understanding of security in the Cloud, those seeking the CCSP Certification.

Are you ready for the cloud? The cloud has everyone up in arms when discussing security! The benefits of the Cloud are great; however, many companies have concerns about adopting a cloud architecture due to the inherent security risks of adding this additional architectural layer. This course will provide for you what you do not find in other classes! The combination of knowledge tailored around the 6 domains in the C)CSO examination along with implementing cloud security, auditing and compliance. This is all managed by a unique delivery of the C)CSO domains along with the hands on labs needed to truly understand what is happening to your data at all the layers of the cloud stack. This is a relevant course which introduces many technologies used in the cloud from implementing a vRealize cloud to using a new key management solution from various vendors.

Course Objectives

  • To gain the knowledge needed to pass the Certified Cloud Security Officer Exam
  • To fully understand Cloud Security from a real-world view point.
  • To receive the hands-on experience needed to implement Cloud Security with VMware vRealize, VMware vSphere, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and other products generally used in cloud implementations.
  • To have a general working knowledge on what to audit in a cloud architecture.
  • To know hands-on methods of auditing a cloud environment from a best practices Security view point.
  • To understand how compliance is viewed and dealt with in the cloud.

Module 0 – Course Introduction

Module 1 – Cloud introduction and Design Fundamentals

  • Cloud Introduction
    • Including deep dive into the virtualization layer
  • Cloud and Business Objectives Meet as One
  • Cloud Security from A-Z
  • Design Doctrines
  • How do we find Trusted Cloud Services?

Module 2 – Data Security in the Cloud

Data Life Cycle
Data Storage Designs for the Cloud
Strategies for Designing Data Security
Data Discovery and Classification Technologies
Understanding Jurisdictional Data Protection for Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
All about Data Rights Management
Data Retention, Deletion, and Archival Policies
Auditability, Traceability, and Accountability of Data Events

Module 3 – The Basis for Cloud Security and surrounding Environment

Understanding Cloud Infrastructure Components
Analyze Risks in the Cloud Infrastructure
Security Control Design for the Cloud
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Management for the Cloud

Module 4 – Application Security in the Cloud

Training and Awareness for Application Security
Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Process
Learning to apply the Secure Software Development Life Cycle
Verifying the use of Secure Software
Proper use of Identity and Access Management (IAM) Solutions
Additional components used in the Cloud Application Architecture
Software Assurance and Validation

Module 5 – Managing Cloud Security

Supporting the Data Center Design
Physical Infrastructure for the Cloud
Running the Physical Infrastructure
Managing the Physical Infrastructure
Building the Logical Infrastructure for the Cloud
Running the Logical Infrastructure for the Cloud
Managing the Logical Infrastructure for the Cloud
Maintaining Compliance with Regulations and Controls
Conducting Risk Assessment for the Logical and Physical Infrastructure
Properly plan for the Collection, Acquisition and Preservation of Digital Evidence
Managing Communications with Relevant Parties

Module 6 – Legal Issues, Auditing, and Compliance

Discussing the Legal Requirements and Risks Unique to the Cloud
Privacy Issues and the relevance of Jurisdiction
The Audit Process and Methodologies for the Cloud
Cloud to Enterprise Risk Management
Contract design for Outsourcing and Cloud Agreements
Managing Vendors in the Cloud

Module 9 Lab – Hacking UNIX/Linux

Exercise 1 – Setup and Recon – Do you remember how?
Exercise 2 – Making use of a poorly configured service
Exercise 3 – Cracking a Linux password
Exercise 4 – Creating a backdoor and covering our tracks
Exercise 5 – Documentation of the assigned tasks


These are not all required during class but will be leveraged to better understand the complexities in cloud security. This is a general list, not a complete list of every lab.
Cloud Migration Evaluation
Understanding the virtual layer, hacking included
Understanding how network traffic routes in the virtual and cloud layer
Harden the virtual layer Management layer, Hypervisor and the VMs.
Setup and Deploy an IaaS Solution
Setup SaaS Solution
Setup PaaS Solution
Evaluate SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS solutions for security capabilities
Cloud Business Driver Audit
Service Level Agreement Exercise
Identity and Access Control Management
Encryption and Key Management
Small Scope Private Cloud Security Audit

Upon completion, the Certified Cloud Security Officer candidate will not only be able to competently take the C)CSO exam but will also understand basic cloud security knowledge to keep companies’ IP and IT infrastructure safe.

The Certified Cloud Security Officer exam is taken online through Mile2’s Assessment and Certification System (“MACS”), which is accessible on your mile2.com account. The exam will take 2 hours and consist of 100 multiple choice questions. The cost is $400 USD and must be purchased from Mile2.com