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Elevate your expertise in cloud security with our Advanced Cloud Security Governance Course covering governance, risk management, identity management, data security, and more. Prepare for the CCAK and CCSK exams with tailored content to master cloud security governance.

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Cloud Security Governance Course Description


The Advanced Cloud Security Governance Course is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the multifaceted nature of cloud security. This comprehensive course covers a wide range of topics, including governance, risk management, identity management, data security, compliance, incident response, network security, cloud infrastructure security, legal considerations, cost management, and more.

Throughout this course, participants will gain practical insights and hands-on experience in securing cloud environments and preparing for the Certified Cloud Audit Knowledge (CCAK) and Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) exams. This curriculum is tailored to meet the evolving demands of the cloud security landscape, making it a must for professionals who want to excel in cloud security governance. 

Why Learn Cloud Security Governance at InfosecTrain?
  • Comprehensive coverage of cloud security fundamentals, risk assessment, and management.
  • In-depth exploration of compliance standards such as GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI DSS.
  • Practical insights into Identity and Access Management (IAM) in cloud environments.
  • Hands-on experience with cloud data security and encryption strategies.
  • Advanced network security architectures and network segmentation.
  • Incident response and cloud forensics planning and execution.
  • Cloud security assurance and assessment methodologies.
  • Budgeting and cost optimization for cloud security initiatives.
  • Legal issues, contracts, and electronic discovery in cloud environments.
  • Understanding the CSA STAR Program and its implications for cloud security.

Target Audience

  • Information Security Professionals
  • Cloud Security Architects
  • Enterprise Risk Management Professionals
  • Cloud Managers
  • GRC Professionals


  • Basic understanding of cloud computing and security concepts.
  • Some experience in information security or risk management is beneficial but not mandatory.


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Cloud Security Governance Course Objectives

  • Master cloud security fundamentals and risk assessment methodologies.
  • Implement compliance controls and audit principles in cloud environments.
  • Design and manage Identity and Access Management solutions in the cloud.
  • Develop data security and encryption strategies to protect sensitive information.
  • Secure cloud networks through network segmentation and advanced architectures.
  • Prepare for incident response and cloud forensics in case of security breaches.
  • Assess cloud security through recognized methodologies and certifications.
  • Make informed budgeting decisions without compromising security.
  • Navigate legal frameworks, contracts, and electronic discovery in cloud settings.
  • Understand the CSA STAR Program and its significance for cloud security.

Cloud Security Governance Course Content

Module 1: Cloud Computing Fundamentals

  • Cloud Computing Overview
  • Benefits and Challenges
  • Cloud Service Models: IaaS, PaaS & SaaS
  • Deployment Models: Public, Private, Hybrid & Community
  • Cloud Shared Responsibility Matrix

Module 2: Cloud Security Fundamentals

  • Cloud Security Overview
  • Benefits and Challenges
  • Cloud Policy and Governance models
  • Threat Landscape and New Attack Vectors in the Cloud

Module 3: Introduction to Cloud Security Governance

– Understanding Cloud Security Governance

  • Defining Cloud Security Governance and its Objectives
  • Differentiating Between Security and Governance in Cloud Environments
  • Enterprise Risk Governance in Cloud

– Complexities in Cloud Security Governance

  • Exploring the Role of Cloud Security Governance in Overall Risk Management
  • Establishing the Linkage Between Cloud Security Governance and Business Value
  • Impact of Cloud Service and Deployment Models
  • Cloud Risk Trade-offs and Tools

– Leveraging Key Tools for Governance in Cloud & Shared Security Responsibility Model

  • Contracts, SLAs, and PLAs
  • Elevating Cloud as a Business Enabler Through Governance
  • Critical Stakeholders in Cloud Security Governance

– Analyzing Cloud-Specific Threats and Attack Vectors

  • Threats Specific to Cloud Computing (CSA Top Threats: Pandemic 11)
  • The Threat Landscape and Defense-in-Depth Approach

– Case Study: Capital One Data Breach and its Timeline

Module 4: Cloud Risk Assessment and Management

– Identifying Cloud-Specific Risks and Threats

  • Common Cloud Security Risks (e.g., Data Breaches, Data Loss, Multi-Tenancy, etc.)
  • Cloud Specific Threat Vectors (Eg: shared resources, misconfigurations)
  • Case Study: Cloud Security Incident Real Case Discussion

– Risk Assessment Methodologies for Cloud Environments

  • Cloud Risk Assessment
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework for Cloud Risk Assessment
  • ENISA Document

– Developing Risk Management Strategies

  • Risk Mitigation Strategies in the Cloud
  • Risk Treatment (Acceptance, Avoidance, Transfer, and Mitigation)
  • Selecting Appropriate Cloud Security Controls
  • Vendor Risk Assessment

– Cloud Risk Monitoring and Continuous Improvement

  • Cloud Security Metrics and KPIs
  • SIEM Tools in Cloud Environments
  • Incident Management in the Cloud
  • Developing a Cloud Security Policy & Key Elements to Include

– Case Study: Conducting a Cloud Risk Assessment & Creating a Sample Risk Assessment Report

– ENISA Recommendations

Module 5: Cloud Compliance Program, Frameworks and Regulations

  • Cloud Compliance Program Overview
  • Design & Build a Cloud Compliance Program
  • Overview of Major Cloud Compliance Standards (e.g., GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS)
  • Cloud-Specific Compliance Challenges and Considerations
  • Implementing Compliance Controls in Cloud Environments
  • Defining Controls and Evaluating the Effectiveness
  • Audit Characteristics, Principles and Criteria in Cloud
    • Types of Auditing
    • Auditing Core Principles
    • Audit Steps
    • Defining the Objectives & Scope
  • Auditing and Reporting in the Cloud.
  • Auditing Standards for Cloud Computing
  • Case Study: Enabling PCI DSS Compliance on AWS

Module 6: Identity and Access Management (IAM) in the Cloud

– Principles of IAM in Cloud Environments

  • IAM Fundamentals, Terminologies & Concepts
  • Criticality of IAM in Cloud
  • IAM Components in Various Cloud Service Providers (AWS IAM, Azure AD, GCP IAM, etc.)

– Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) and Privilege Escalation

  • Understanding RBAC in a Cloud Environment
  • Defining Roles and Permissions
  • Role Hierarchy and Inheritance
  • Least Privilege and Avoiding Authorization Creeps.
  • Demonstrating RBAC on AWS & Azure

– Federation, Single Sign-on (SSO), and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) in the Cloud

  • Federated Identity Management and Cloud
  • SSO Integration With Cloud
  • Multifactor Authentication and Federation Best Practices.
  • Managing Identities Across Different Cloud Providers
  • Managing Identity and FIM Across Hybrid Cloud Architectures.

– Zero Trust Model (ZTMF)

  • Introduction to Zero Trust Model (ZTM)
  • Zero Trust Principles and Assumptions
  • Implementing Zero Trust in the Cloud Approach
  • Continuous Authentication and Least Privilege Access

– Case Study: Best Practices & Baselining Identity & Access Management in AWS

Module 7: Cloud Data Security and Encryption

– Information Governance

  • Data Security Lifecycle
  • Data Security Function, Actors & Controls

– Data Classification and Sensitivity Labeling in the Cloud

  • Data Classification and its Importance
  • Impact of Misclassified Data Defining Sensitivity Labels

– Building a Proper Data Classification Program for the Cloud

  • Establish Data Classification Policies in Cloud Services
  • Monitoring and Enforcement

– Data Sovereignty Requirements and Controls in the Cloud

  • Understanding Data Sovereignty
  • Legal &amp: Compliance Considerations and its Implications on Cloud
  • Data Residency and Geofencing
  • Compliance with Regional Regulations (e.g., GDPR)

– Data Dispersion and Resiliency

  • Data Dispersion Strategies
  • Data Replication, Multi-Region, and DR Planning
  • Governance Concerns for Business Regarding Location & Data Access
  • Tools Available for Addressing Including Contracts, SLAs & Auditing

– Key Cloud Storage Services in the Cloud

  • Cloud Storage Types Overview and Various Provider Options
  • Choosing the Proper Cloud Storage With Use Cases
  • Governance Concern For Business, Including Access Levels & Security Controls Integration
  • Tools & Technologies For Storage Security & Monitoring

– Data Encryption and Key Management Best Practices

  • Data Encryption Fundamentals
  • Encryption Algorithms and Key Management
  • Key Management and Lifecycle
  • Cloud Provider Services and Comparison
  • Cloud Key Management Best Practices.
  • Case Study Discussion: Ensure Data Security For AWS S3 Hosting Sensitive Data.

– Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Strategies For the Cloud

  • DLP Fundamentals
  • DLP Phases, Policies, and Rules
  • Cloud DLP Solutions and Integrations

– Data Retention, Deletion and Archiving Policies for Cloud

  • Data Retention Policies Overview and Components
  • Defining Data Retention Periods and Protection Requirements
  • Secure Data Erasure in the Cloud
  • Data Archiving and Lifecycle Management

– Legal Hold Challenges and Preparation

  • Understanding Legal Hold
  • Preparing Cloud Storage For Legal Hold
  • Cloud Provider Cooperation and Support Requirements
  • Case Study Discussion: Enforce Legal Hold in AWS S3 to Make Immutable Data

– Scenario Discussion: Data Encryption Strategies, 3rd Party Integration, and Practical Architecture

Module 8: Network Security in Cloud Environments

– Securing Virtual Networks in the Cloud

  • Cloud Network Architecture Overview
  • Security groups, NACLs, and Other Firewall Concepts
  • Networking Services in Various Vendors (AWS VPC, Azure VNET, etc.)
  • Isolation and Segmentation

– Network Segmentation and Isolation Strategies

  • Network Segmentation Concepts and Zoning
  • Implementation of Segmentation Policies in Cloud Environments
  • Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) For Segmentation

– Application and Network-Level Firewalls For Cloud Environments

  • Cloud-Based Firewall Services (e.g., AWS WAF, Azure Firewall)
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF) For Application Layer Protection

– Attack Distribution and DDoS Protection in the Cloud

  • Understanding Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks
  • Cloud DDoS Mitigation Services (e.g., AWS Shield, Azure DDoS Protection)
  • DDoS Attack Detection and Response Strategies

– Advanced Network Security Architectures (SDP, ZTNA) For Cloud

  • Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) Principles
  • Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) Concepts
  • The Architecture of SDP and ZTNA in Cloud Environments

– Implement a Secure Segmented Virtual Private Network on AWS/Azure

Module 9: Cloud Infrastructure Security

  • Cloud Network Virtualization
  • Virtual Networks and Appliances
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Microsegmentation and Software-Defined Parameter
  • Hybrid Cloud Strategy
  • Workload Security
  • Hardening Cloud Virtual Machines and Containers
  • Secure Configuration Management in Cloud Platforms
  • Scenario Discussion: Baselining With CIS Benchmarks & Continuous Assurance
  • Case Study: VM Hardening Best Practices in Cloud
  • Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery in the Cloud
  • Architect For Failure
  • Management Plane Security


Module 10: Incident Response and Cloud Forensics

– Developing a Cloud-Specific Incident Response Plan

  • Introduction to Incident Management and IR in Cloud
  • Key Difference in Cloud and On-Premises, Shared Responsibilities
  • Developing an Incident Response Team
  • Cloud-Specific IR Scenarios Discussion
  • Testing Strategies For Plan Effectiveness

– Cloud Incident Detection and Monitoring Tools

  • Cloud Security Monitoring
  • CSPM Tools
  • Cloud Native Security Tools

– Playbooks vs. Runbooks

  • Understanding Playbooks and Runbooks
  • Common Elements in IR Playbooks
  • Role of Runbooks in Incident Resolution
  • Runbook automation tools

– Investigating Security Incidents in the Cloud

  • Cloud Incident Triaging
  • Evidence Collection and Forensics
  • Data Preservation and Chain of Custody
  • Logs and Artifacts

– Digital Forensics Challenges and Best Practices in Cloud Environments

  • Digital Forensics and Challenges in the Cloud
  • Best Practices For Cloud Forensics

– Scenario Discussion: Creating an Incident Response Runbook

Module 11: Cloud Security Assurance and Assessment

  • Cloud Security Assessment Methodologies
  • Security Controls Testing and Validation in the Cloud.
  • Cloud Security Certifications and Their Significance
  • CCM and CAIQ
  • CCM Domains & Controls
  • Architecture Relevance
  • Mapping Standards and Frameworks
  • Scenario Discussion: Creating an Assessment Report on Cloud Based on CCM & CAIQ

Module 12: Cost Management and Security

  • Understanding Cost Implications of Security Decisions
  • Budgeting for Cloud and Cloud Security Initiatives
  • Cost Optimization Without Compromising Security
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis, and Return on Investment for Cloud Services

Module 13: Legal Issues, Contracts and Electronic Discovery

– Legal Frameworks Governing Data Protection and Privacy

  • Cross-Border Data Transfer
  • Regional Considerations

– Contracts and Provider Selection

  • Contracts & SLAs
  • Due Care & Due Diligence
  • Third-Party Audits and Attestations

– Electronic Discovery

  • Data Custody
  • Data Preservation
  • Data Collection
  • Subpoena Response

Module 14: Security Trust Assurance and Risk (STAR) Program

  • CSA STAR Program
  • Security & Privacy Implications of STAR
  • STAR Program Components
  • STAR Levels

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Cloud Security Governance FAQs

Q1. What is Cloud Security Governance?

Cloud security governance outlines the framework that streamlines the management and operations of security in the cloud environment to ensure an enterprise meets its business objectives. This framework includes a structured approach involving executive directives, performance goals, operational procedures, organizational structures, and metrics. When put into practice, it leads to the maximization of business value for the enterprise.

Q2. Why is Cloud Security Governance important?

Cloud security is an integral part of an organization’s overall health and this cloud security governance course offers a comprehensive and in-depth exploration of cloud security governance, making it an essential resource for those aiming to excel in the field. The practical knowledge and hands-on experience gained throughout the course will not only prepare you for the CCAK and CCSK exams but also equip you with the skills needed to secure cloud environments, manage compliance, and respond to security incidents effectively. Whether you’re an information security professional, cloud architect, or risk management expert, this course will empower you to navigate the complex world of cloud security with confidence.

Q3. What are the job roles associated with this Cloud Governance course?

Professionals who are into cloud technologies and wish to explore the security and governance side of cloud, can go for cloud governance roles such as – cloud security engineer, cloud governance professional, cloud governance specialist, cloud security manager, and cloud governance expert.

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