Certified Software Security Tester (CSST)

Certification Overview

Certified Software Security Tester (CSST)

Exam Code: CSST-001

NASSCOM claims that the current share of cyber security is US$1.5 billion and that this figure is likely to grow to US$35 billion by 2025. The worldwide cybersecurity market size (as per Gartner) will touch US$170 billion by 2020. Nearly 1,000 startups will emerge in the security domain over the next 10 years. With the prevalence of cyber security breaches, it is clear that more attention is needed in testing that security defenses are in place and working effectively. This course and certification covers much more than just penetration testing. Certainly, penetration testing is an important part of security testing, but there are many other threats and vulnerabilities that require other security testing approaches

The Certification is helpful in demonstrating the attacker mentality by discovering key information about a target, performing actions on a test application in a protected environment that a malicious person would perform, and understand how evidence of the attack could be deleted.

E-Course Duration: 15 to 20 Hours

Exam Information

The exam comprises of 40 Multiple Choice Questions out of which the candidate needs to score 70% (28 out of 40 correct) to pass the exam.

Exams are online and proctored based, using a webcam and a reliable internet connection exams can be taken anywhere and anytime.

The total duration of the exam is 1 hour (60 Minutes).

No external sources of information may be accessed during the exam via ProctorU. Further details of the materials permitted are provided:

  • Identification Proof
  • If a Candidate does not pass the exam in the second (2nd) attempt, the candidate must wait for a period of at least fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of their attempt to retake the exam for third (3rd) time or any subsequent time.
  • The exam can be taken any number of times

Certified Software Security Tester (CSST) Certificate is valid for life.

CSST™ is a Trademark of GAQM.


Note: The Certified Software Security Tester (CSST)™ Certification has a pre-requisite (Completion of an E-Course is mandatory from GAQMBok portal) as maximum number of questions are drawn from the E-Course in the actual exam.

Course Outline

Module Information - 1

  • Module 1 - Security Risks
  • Module 2 - Asset Identification
  • Module 3 - Assessing Risk Analysis Effectiveness
  • Module 4 - Information Security Policies and Procedures
  • Module 5 - Analysis of Information Security Policies and Procedures
  • Module 6 - Security Auditing and Its Role in Security Testing
  • Module 7 - Security Risk Assessment
  • Module 8 - Security Triad
  • Module 9 - Introduction to Security Testing

Module Information - 2

  • Module 10 - The Purpose of Security Testing
  • Module 11 - The Organizational Context
  • Module 12 - Security Testing Objectives
  • Module 13 - The Difference between Information Assurance and Security Testing
  • Module 14 - The Scope and Coverage of Security Testing Objectives
  • Module 15 - Analysis of Security Approaches
  • Module 16 - Analysis of Failures in Security Test Approaches
  • Module 17 - Stakeholder Identification
  • Module 18 - Improving the Security Testing Practice

Target Audience

  • Software who want to expand their knowledge of security testing,
  • Security testers who wish to obtain an advanced certification to solidify their knowledge,
  • Security administrators who want to learn more about how to test the security defenses in their organization, and
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about security testing

Registration Process for E-Course and Exam

Premium Package
(E-Course Version)

  • Self Explanatory
  • Valid for 40 days
  • The Package also includes E-Voucher/Access Key for Certification Exam
  • The E-Voucher/Access Key can be used via ProctorU Globally.
  • Includes E-certificate and Digital Badge if you qualify in the exam.
  • Course Duration: 40 Days
  • Price: 190 USD


  • Validity: 240 Days
  • Price: 170 USD
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