The CCSK Exam

The CCSK Cloud Security exam tests for understanding of the CCSK Body of Knowledge and leads to an individual certification. Therefore, the exam has questions for each individual domain of the body of knowledge. That means that there are somewhat technical questions, as well as management and governance level questions. Many consider CCSK to be a fairly hard exam, even if it is open book. This is mainly because of the mix of topics, and because it does not test much factual knowledge. Instead it tests for conceptual understanding of the CCSK material.

I believe that the conceptual level of CCSK is exactly what makes it valuable. It enables people of varying backgrounds to bring together their experiences in making, for example, their cloud risk assessment teams much more effective and efficient.

Learn more about CCSK training questions, if you want to get a feel for the types of questions in the exam, .

Exam details

The CCSK examination is a multiple choice examination that you take online. In that online exam, you will get 60 multiple choice questions selected randomly from a question pool. The participant must complete the exam within 90 minutes, and correctly answer 80% of the questions to receive a passing score. Because the exam is online, it is open book.

You get two tries for the exam. So, you might consider the first one a ‘mock’ exam. I think the best preparation is to take the exam seriously, but don’t over learn. After all, you don’t really need to memorize standards numbers or abbreviations.

There is no maintenance requirement or fee for the certification. It has lifelong validity.


As said, CCSK is not an easy exam. The only people that seem to find it not too hard are senior IT management consultants. Because of that, you should study seriously for it. In fact you should consider getting support for your studies. This could be in the form of a study group, or through a professional course.

How to get it

The exam can be purchased independently or bundled with a course. Starting from January 2018, version 4 is the most current one.

Free CCSK course

Are you not sure if you are ready to start a full CCSK training yet? Then this course is perfect for you. It will give you a good idea of how worthwhile it is to go for the CCSK certification. You will also cover some of the basics that are required for the full course.

And the best thing? It’s for free! Click on the button below and start learning about CCSK v4.


Gabe Camacho

Very grateful.  Thank you!

Didier Raelet

I have appreciated very well most topics and particulary the Security Risk & compliance topics. Comparison on IT process on premise with those in the Cloud is quite good. But, it could be done deeper.

Vincent Yesue

This class is great. Good balance between you talking, and us chatting. You keep control of the syllabus and the schedule, and we provide some information on what the facts mean to us and how we understand them in our context. Brilliant stuff.


Very professional domain, but very clear explained! Thanks


Most useful: Technical context, risk knowledge and exam approach

Ali Isikli

Experienced trainer. Reflects his experience well within the context

Ken Tola

Peter is incredibly knowledgeable and takes the time to answer questions and actually work with his students. The course is also an amazing way to learn how AWS actually works and, by the end of the labs, you feel ready to manage your own cloud! The materials are easy to understand and yet technical enough to get real-life security implemented. This was a great course and far beyond most of the accreditation courses I have completed.

Carlo Tyrberg

I attended Peter’s CCSK-training and found it very useful, because 1) the sessions gave me more insight on several other aspects of cloud computing than only security, 2) it “inspired” (/forced) me to study the CSA guide/ENISA more thorughly and not least 3) I manage to pass the exam 🙂

Frank Cerney

I had very little to no experience wit the CLOUD, so this training was incredibly valuable to me. My new professional responsibilities are becoming more and more cloud centric. I have a greatly improved level of confidence because I know I have a solid educational foundation that the training and exam preparation has provided for me. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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