Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)

Cloud computing is the new style of organizing IT (information technology). It has great benefits, but it also poses new security and governance risks. The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) addresses these risks and helps you to spot and prevent them.


The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has developed a widely adopted catalog of security best practices, the “Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing, V4.0“.

This document was last updated significantly in 2017, even though it was first published in 2009.

In addition, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) created a whitepaper called “Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks and Recommendations for Information Security“. This was also an important contribution to the cloud security body of knowledge.

Together these documents are a broad foundation of knowledge about cloud security. Their topics range from architecture, governance, compliance, operations, encryption, virtualization and much more.

CCSK facilitates a common understanding of cloud security concepts. This increases the quality of risk decisions that are made in your organization.

The certificate is also developed and maintained by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge: Free 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.

The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge

The CCSK certification is an individual certification that can be earned after passing the online exam.

Passing the exam is evidence that an individual is knowledgeable about cloud security. In particular this means understanding of the key concepts of the CSA guidance and ENISA whitepaper, and the CSA Cloud Controls Matrix.

Value of CCSK

Thousands of IT and security professionals have obtained the certificate. It is therefore no surprise that listed CCSK as #1 on the list of Top Ten Cloud Computing Certifications.

When a team goes through CCSK training together, their collaboration improves. They are on the same page, and they can bridge their diversity. As a result, good ideas get accepted quicker, and bad ideas get killed more swiftly.

CCSK is also the basis for many consumer/vendor discussions around risk and assurance, and starts to become required in many segments.

Furthermore, CCSK is the basis for the CCM (Cloud Controls Matrix) and the STAR (Security Trust Assurance Registry).

CCSK is often contrasted with CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional). CCSP however is a more extensive certification than CCSK. It’s also more formal and requires several years of IT experience.

Learn more about CCSK versus CCSP.

Peter van Eijk - CSA Certified

CCSK Training

Are you an IT or security professional? And do you want to learn more about cloud adoption and security? Pick one of my CCSK courses and get your certification ASAP.

Not ready to invest in a full CCSK course yet? Don’t worry. Try my free introduction course first. After this course you will be able to decide how valuable the CCSK is, and you will understand how you can attain the certification. For the record: this introduction is NOT an official CCSK training, but the full training is.

Are online workshops not for you? Check my training calendar and visit one of my classroom trainings.


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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