As cyberattacks continue to increase in their complexity and ferocity, it's safe to say that there is no such thing as being over-prepared when it comes to preventing attacks and implementing data protection measures in the cloud. That's the bad news.
The good news, however, is that information security professionals have a litany of tools at their disposal to thwart would-be attackers in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. But do you know which data protection measures are best suited for various cloud services and architectures?
Before you can answer that question, you need to understand the underlying technologies -- that is, the infrastructure or resource being protected -- as well as best practices, techniques and policies for safeguarding different types of data. In other words, how can you secure cloud storage and databases without first knowing how they work and where their vulnerabilities are?
It's also important to note that data protection measures aren't only aimed at fending off attackers. Depending on what type of data you’re storing in the cloud, there are likely a number of regulatory requirements that stipulate policies for data archival, classification and discovery -- all of which "protect" data in a different sense by ensuring it remains accessible and sufficiently secured.
Domain 2 of the CCSP exam, "Cloud Data Security," assesses your competency in topics such as cloud data lifecycles, cloud storage architectures, data security strategies, data discovery tools, archiving procedures, legal requirements and much more. If you’re planning to take the CCSP exam, the following 10-question Domain 2 practice quiz can help you determine which cloud data protection measures and concepts you’ve got down pat already and which ones you’ll need to study more before sitting for the exam.
The following are exam practice questions from Domain 2 of The Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CCSP CBK, second edition, by Adam Gordon, CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, SSCP.
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