Information & Cyber Security Foundation (ICSF) Exam

The ICSF entry level exam is the official starting point for new people entering the Cyber profession and can also be used to baseline groups of people with the minimum amount of knowledge required in 45 cyber skill areas, for example - Apprentices, Graduates, Underwriters, Technical Staff. It lowers the cost barrier of entry and the technical barrier of entry to the Cyber profession by providing topical access to the “Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK)” for Levels 1 and 2. This exam opens the gates to the profession, to everyone and should be the first professional qualification in Cyber as one starts their career or enters an information security or related function.

Overview

Introduction to the certification

The Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) has developed a Knowledge Framework, which provides a grounding in information security to anyone, who:

- requires a basic understanding of information security in order to enhance their current role, or;
- wishes to enter an information security or related function, or;
- already has responsibilities for information security and wishes to further develop their knowledge and skills, or;
- wishes to ensure that their information is adequately protected.

Certification is awarded to those who have passed the CIISec ICSF examination, which is based on the CIISec Knowledge Framework, and assigns them the title of Accredited Affiliate (AfCIIS), you will also receive a digital badge to publicize achievement on Linkedin and social media. This can in time lead to Full Membership.

The examination is assessed against levels 1 and 2 of the CIISec Skills Framework and candidates must demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a range of concepts, approaches and techniques that are detailed in the ICSF exam syllabus.

The CIISec Knowledge Framework (195 pages) is provided to each examinee to self-study before the exam, therefore no formal training course is required but one is still available.

The Information and Cyber Security Foundation exam (ICSF) is the official starting point for new people entering the Cyber profession and can also be used to baseline groups of people with the minimum amount of knowledge required in 45 Cyber skill areas, for example - Apprentices, Graduates, Underwriters, Technical Staff.

It lowers the cost and technical barrier of entry to the Cyber profession by providing topical access to the “Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK)” for Levels 1 and 2. This exam opens the gates to the profession– make it count through future focused training, and achieve your potential with us.

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