Key exam areas and concepts

Key exam areas and concepts

CSA Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing V3.0 English

Domain 1: Cloud Computing Architectural Framework

  • NIST Definition of Cloud Computing (Essential Characteristics, Cloud Service Models, Cloud Deployment Models) Multi-Tenancy
  • Cloud Reference Model
  • Jericho Cloud Cube Model
  • Cloud Security Reference Model
  • Cloud Service Brokers


Domain 2: Governance and Enterprise Risk Management

  • Contractual Security Requirements
  • Enterprise and Information Risk Management
  • Third Party Management Recommendations


Domain 3: Legal issues: Contracts and Electronic Discovery

  • Cloud versus outsourcing
  • Three dimensions of legal issues
  • Contract enforceability
  • eDiscovery considerations
  • Jurisdictions and data locations


Domain 4: Compliance and Audit Management

  • Compliance impact on cloud contracts
  • SAS 70 Type II / SSAE 16
  • ISO 27001/27002
  • Compliance analysis requirements
  • Auditor requirements


Domain 5: Information Management and Data Security

  • Six phases of the Data Security Lifecycle and their key elements
  • Data Remanence
  • Data Commingling
  • Data Backup
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Aggregation


Domain 6: Interoperability and Portability

  • Key Portability Objectives of S-P-I
  • Lock-In risk mitigation techniques by cloud delivery model


Domain 7: Traditional Security, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery

  • Insider Abuse
  • Business Continuity Management/Disaster Recovery due diligence
  • Provider employee considerations


Domain 8: Data Centre Operations

  • Provider selection
  • Resource sharing
  • Patch management
  • Technical support


Domain 9: Incident Response

  • Recommended provider tools and capabilities
  • Response trade-offs
  • Questionable provider offerings


Domain 10: Application Security

  • SDLC impact and implications
  • Differences in S-P-I models
  • Managing Application Security


Domain 11: Encryption and Key Management

  • Key management best practices
  • Key management standards
  • Encryption practices in S-P-I models


Domain 12: Identity, Entitlement, and Access Management

  • Identity Federation
  • Authorisation
  • Access Control
  • Provisioning


Domain 13: Virtualization

  • Virtual Machine security features
  • VM attack surfaces
  • Compartmentalisation of VMs


Domain 14: Security as a Service

  • Types of security as a service
  • Advantages and concerns of security as a service

ENISA Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks and Recommendations for Information Security

  • Security benefits of cloud
  • Risks R.1 – R.35 and underlying vulnerabilities
  • Information assurance framework
  • Division of liabilities
  • Key legal issues

Applied Knowledge

  • Classify popular cloud providers into S-P-I model
  • Redundancy
  • Securing popular cloud services
  • Vulnerability assessment considerations
  • Practical encryption use cases

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