Chief Information Security Officer – Self-Study

About the course

Why should you take this training course?

In recent years, organisations have recognised the importance of having a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to handle information security responsibilities. This executive-level position has evolved to encompass tasks once managed by IT personnel. The PECB CISO training course equips individuals with the skills needed for this role, focusing on overseeing and managing all aspects of information security.

Participants learn to implement robust security measures, identify and mitigate security risks, and develop tailored security strategies. Obtaining the PECB CISO credential demonstrates a commitment to professional development and qualifies individuals for executive-level responsibilities, enhancing their career prospects.

The training covers various topics, including:

  • security frameworks;
  • risk assessment;
  • regulatory compliance;
  • governance, and emerging security trends; and
  • best practices, encompassing technologies like network, application, and cloud security.

Training done in collaboration with

Course Outlines

Course Agenda

Duration: It can be taken at your own pace.

Day 1: Fundamentals of information security and the role of a CISO

  • Training course objectives and structure
  • Fundamentals of information security
  • Chief information security officer (CISO)
  • Information security program

Day 2: Information security compliance program, risk management, and security architecture and design

  • Information security compliance program
  • Analysis of the existing information security capabilities
  • Information security risk management
  • Security architecture and design

Day 3: Security controls, incident management, and change management

  • Information security controls
  • Information security incident management
  • Change management

Day 4: Information security awareness, monitoring and measurement, and continual improvement

  • Awareness and training programs
  • Monitoring and measurement
  • Assurance program
  • Continual improvement
  • Closing of the training course

Day 5: Certification Exam (3 Hours)

The “PECB Chief Information Security Officer” exam meets all the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Program (ECP). It covers the following competency domains:

  • Domain 1 Fundamental concepts of information security.
  • Domain 2 The role of CISO in an information security program.
  • Domain 3 Selecting a security compliance program, risk management, and security architecture and design.
  • Domain 4 Operational aspects of information security controls, incident management, and change management.
  • Domain 5 Fostering an information security culture and monitoring, measuring, and improving an information security program.

Course Details

Duration: Up to 6 months

Starts: Upon Registration

Ends: After Examination

You'll be signed up to our PECB platform KATE where you will have access to all training procedures.

  • Certification fees are included on the exam price.
  • Training material containing over 450 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed.
  • A participation certificate of 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued.
  • In case of exam failure, you can retake the exam within 12 months for free.

Educational Approach

  • The training course incorporates interactive elements, such as essay-type exercises and multiple-choice quizzes, some of which are scenario-based.
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to communicate and engage in discussions.
  • The quizzes are designed in a manner that closely resembles the format of the certification exam.

Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing the training course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental principles and concepts of information security
  • Comprehend the roles and responsibilities of the CISO and the ethical considerations involved, and address the challenges associated with the role
  • Design and develop an effective information security program tailored to the needs of the organisation
  • Adopt applicable frameworks, laws, and regulations, and effectively communicate and implement policies to ensure information security compliance
  • Identify, analyse, evaluate, and treat information security risks using a systematic and effective approach

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Prerequisites

The main requirement for participating in this training course is having a fundamental understanding of information security principles and concepts.

Who should attend?

  • Professionals actively involved in information security management
  • IT managers responsible for overseeing information security programs
  • Security professionals who aspire to advance into leadership roles, such as security architects, security analysts, and security auditors
  • Professionals responsible for managing information security risk and compliance within organisations
  • Experienced CISOs seeking to enhance their knowledge, stay up-to-date with the latest trends, and refine their leadership skills
  • Executives, including CIOs, CEOs, and COOs, who play a crucial role in decision-making processes related to information security
  • Professionals aiming to achieve executive-level roles within the information security field

How do I maintain my Certification?

PECB certifications last three years. PECB certified professionals must meet the following requirements in order to maintain their certification:

  • CPDs must be submitted to PECB.
  • Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) is payable to PECB.
  • Follow the PECB Code of Ethics.

Chief Information Security Officer – Self-Study


Master the ability to establish and monitor an information security program.

Self-Study Course: €1,000 + VAT