CCSP - how hard is the exam

mritorto2mritorto2 Member Posts: 61 ■■■□□□□□□□
hi everyone,

I passed  my cissp about a year ago and I want to take my CCSP by end of this year.

I don't have cloud experience.

I have 19 years of IT experience including vmware, AD , firewalls and infosec.

I have my SSCP, CISSP and security + certs, I had the ccna cert too, but it expired.

how many months should I study to pass this exam.

what books do you recommend I should read?

any free online training other than cybrary?


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    vCISO2017vCISO2017 Member Posts: 51 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Hi, you should be fine with your level of experience and qualifications - I'd say give it three months of study, there are three main books and I'd recommend Carter - check the lessons learned and exam feedback on this forum for several passes over the last year, best of luck!
    CITP | CCSP | CCSK | AWS CCP | VCP | CISM | CGEIT | CIPM | PMP | MCSE, etc.......
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    Pmorgan2Pmorgan2 Member Posts: 116 ■■■■□□□□□□
    edited April 2019
    I will be shooting for the CCSP in June, so I started some light studying. I watched the 15 hour long SkillSoft course for CCSP at 2x speed to get an idea of what to study.  I have less experience than you, and I'm feeling pretty confident after that 8ish hours of videos.  I expect to put in another 40ish study hours, which is 2-3 weeks for me.

    You should only need a quick refresher on the infrastructure (30%), SSCP level security questions (30%), and operations (15%) portions due to your experience.  You should be strong on the application security (15%) being fresh out of CISSP training.  The legal and compliance (10%) felt different from the CISSP content, although I took my CISSP 6 years ago.  So hitting ISO 27000 series standards decently hard might be in order.

    I couldn't find any good training for the CCSP.  I'm taking mine as part of the WGU BS in Cybersecurity & IA program, which offers Skillsoft and uCertify.  I have been told uCertify and Cybrary courses are trash for this course, and Skillsoft is not enough.

    Others have recommended the ITProTV course ($25/mo) and the Sybex book ($21 on amazon) which comes with a quality test bank.
    2021 Goals: WGU BSCSIA, CEH, CHFI | 2022 Goals: WGU MSCSIA, AWS SAA, AWS Security Specialist
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    mritorto2mritorto2 Member Posts: 61 ■■■□□□□□□□
    keep me posted on your exam results
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    beadsbeads Member Posts: 1,531 ■■■■■■■■■□
    CCSP wasn't too bad. The wording wasn't as clumsy as the CISSP but took the later WAAAAYY back in the day. So YMMV on this one. Put about 2 weeks of evening study time into the exam and passed the first time.

    For the record I generally have good experience with a topic before studying for an exam. Simply cram my way through those things I don't know but experience with the material is key or I don't test.

    - b/eads
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