Cloud Computing Security Knowledge (CCSK)

Cloud Computing Security Knowledge (CCSK)

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The Cloud Computing Security Knowledge class provides students thorough coverage of cloud security fundamentals and prepares them to take the Cloud Security Alliance CCSK certification exam. The course begins with a detailed description of cloud computing, and expands into all major domains such as Governance and Risk Management, the Cloud Architectural Framework, and Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery. Upon course completion, students will be prepared for the CCSK exam, and experts in the following topics: understanding cloud computing, security challenges, cloud computing security, controls recommendation, elasticity, resiliency and measured usage, and understand the cloud computing architectual framework.

Course Syllabus

1: Architecture

  • NIST Definitions
  • Essential Characteristics
  • Service Models
  • Deployment Models
  • Multi-Tenancy
  • CSA Cloud Reference Model
  • Jericho Cloud Cube Model
  • Cloud Security Reference Model
  • Cloud Service Brokers
  • Service Level Agreements

2: Governance and Enterprise Risk Management

  • Contractual Security Requirements
  • Enterprise and Information Risk Management
  • Third Party Management Recommendations
  • Supply chain examination
  • Use of Cost Savings for Cloud

3: Legal Issues: Contracts and Electronic Discovery

  • Consideration of cloud-related issues in three dimensions
  • eDiscovery considerations
  • Jurisdictions and data locations
  • Liability for activities of subcontractors
  • Due diligence responsibility
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and electronically stored information
  • Metadata
  • Litigation hold

4: Compliance and Audit Management

  • Definition of Compliance
  • Right to audit
  • Compliance impact on cloud contracts
  • Audit scope and compliance scope
  • Compliance analysis requirements
  • Auditor requirements

5: Information Management and Data Security

  • Six phases of the Data Security Lifecycle and their key elements
  • Volume storage
  • Object storage
  • Logical vs physical locations of data
  • Three valid options for protecting data
  • Data Loss Prevention
  • Detection Data Migration to the Cloud
  • Encryption in IaaS, PaaS & SaaS
  • Database Activity Monitoring and File Activity Monitoring
  • Data Backup
  • Data Dispersion
  • Data Fragmentation

6: Interoperability and Portability

  • Definitions of Portability and Interoperability
  • Virtualization impacts on Portability and Interoperability
  • SAML and WS-Security
  • Size of Data Sets
  • Lock-In considerations by IaaS, PaaS & SaaS delivery models
  • Mitigating hardware compatibility issues

7: Traditional Security, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery

  • Four D’s of perimeter security
  • Cloud backup and disaster recovery services
  • Customer due diligence related to BCM/DR
  • Business Continuity Management/Disaster Recovery due diligence
  • Restoration Plan
  • Physical location of cloud provider

8: Data Center Operations

  • Relation to Cloud Controls Matrix
  • Queries run by data center operators
  • Technical aspects of a Provider’s data center operations for customers
  • Logging and report generation in multi-site clouds

9: Incident Response

  • Factor allowing for more efficient and effective containment and recovery in a cloud
  • Main data source for detection and analysis of an incident
  • Investigating and containing an incident in an Infrastructure as a Service environment
  • Reducing the occurrence of application level incidents
  • How often should incident response testing occur
  • Offline analysis of potential incidents

10: Application Security

  • Identity, entitlement, and access management (IdEA)
  • SDLC impact and implications
  • Differences in S-P-I models
  • Consideration when performing a remote vulnerability test of a cloud-based application
  • Categories of security monitoring for applications
  • Entitlement matrix

11: Encryption and Key Management

  • Adequate encryption protection of data in the cloud
  • Key management best practices, location of keys, keys per user
  • Relationship to tokenization, masking, anonymization and cloud database controls

12: Identity, Entitlement, and Access Management

  • Relationship between identities and attributes
  • Identity Federation
  • Relationship between Policy Decision Point (PDP) and Policy Enforcement Point (PEP)
  • SAML and WS-Federation
  • Provisioning and authoritative sources

13: Virtualization

  • Security concerns for hypervisor architecture
  • VM guest hardening, blind spots, VM Sprawl, data comingling, instant-on gaps
  • In-Motion VM characteristics that can create a serious complexity for audits
  • How can virtual machine communications bypass network security controls
  • VM attack surfaces
  • Compartmentalization of VMs

14: Security as a Service

  • 10 categories
  • Barriers to developing full confidence in security as a service (SECaaS)
  • Deployment of Security as a Service in a regulated industry prior SLA
  • Logging and reporting implications
  • How can web security as a service be deployed
  • What measures do Security as a Service providers take to earn the trust of their customers
  • ENISA Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks and Recommendations for Information Security
  • Isolation failure
  • Economic Denial of Service
  • Licensing Risks
  • VM hopping
  • Five key legal issues common across all scenarios
  • Top security risks in ENISA research
  • OVF
  • Underlying vulnerability in Loss of Governance
  • User provisioning vulnerability
  • Risk concerns of a cloud provider being acquired
  • Security benefits of cloud
  • Risks
  • Data controller vs data processor definitions in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), who is responsible for guest systems monitoring

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Next Gen Cyber Academy courses include:

 

Expert Instructor-Led Training

Next Gen Cyber Academy courses uses only the industry’s finest instructors in the IT industry. They have a minimum of 15 years real-world experience and are subject matter experts in their fields. Unlike a live class, you can fast-forward, repeat or rewind all your lectures. This creates a personal learning experience and gives you all the benefit of hands-on training with the flexibility of doing it around your schedule 24/7.

 

Visual Demonstrations & Multimedia Presentations

Our courseware includes instructor-led demonstrations and visual presentations that allow students to develop their skills based on real world scenarios explained by the instructor. Next Gen Cyber Academy courses always focuses on real world scenarios and skill-set development.

 

Quizzes & Exam Simulators

Next Gen Cyber Academy courses custom practice exams prepare you for your exams differently and more effectively than the traditional exam preps on the market. You will have practice quizzes after each module to ensure you are confident on the topic you have completed before proceeding.

This will allow you to gauge your effectiveness before moving to the next module in your course. Next Gen Cyber Academy courses also include practice exams designed to replicate and mirror the environment in the testing center. These exams are on average 100 questions to ensure you are 100% prepared before taking your certification exam.

 

Social Learning & Networking

Next Gen Cyber Academy has designed a world class Learning Management System (LMS). This system allows you to interact and collaborate with other students and Next Gen Cyber Academy employees, form study groups, engage in discussions in our NOW@ Forums, rate and “like” different courses and stay up to date with all the latest industry knowledge through our forums, student contributions, and announcement features. This LMS is unmatched in the industry and makes learning fun and enjoyable.

 

Flash Cards & Educational Games

Next Gen Cyber Academy knows that education is not a one size fits all approach. Students learn in different ways through different tools. That is why we provide flash cards and educational games throughout our courses. This will allow you to train in ways that keep you engaged and focused. Each course will have dozens of flash cards so you can sharpen your skill-sets throughout your training as well as educational games designed to make sure your retention level of the course material extremely high.

 

Navigation & Controls

Next Gen Cyber Academy  self-paced training programs are designed in a modular fashion to allow you the flexibility to work with expert level instruction anytime 24/7. All courses are arranged in defined sections with navigation controls allowing you to control the pace of your training. This allows students to learn at their own pace around their schedule.