The Knowledge Academy
Certified Information Security Manager
The Knowledge Academy deliver this 4 day course to provide you with the required knowledge to sit the professional certification accredited by ISACA for the Certified Information Systems Auditor exam.
There are no pre-requisites to attending the Knowledge Academy Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) course or to taking the CISM exam. The course is open to any individuals who have an interest in information security management. The examination is open to all individuals who are experienced information security managers and those who have information security management responsibilities.
Successful examination candidates will be sent all information required to apply for certification with their notification of a passing score. It is important to note that many individuals choose to take the CISM exam prior to meeting the experience requirements. This practice is acceptable and encouraged although the CISM designation will not be awarded until all the work experience requirements are met.
Following the successful passing of the exam candidates need to submit verified evidence of a minimum of five years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work experience in three or more of the job practice analysis areas. The work experience must be gained within the ten-year period preceding the application date for certification or within five years from the date of originally passing the exam.
The following security-related certifications and information systems management experience can be used to satisfy the indicated amount of information security work experience.
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) in good standing
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) in good standing
Post-graduate degree in information security or a related field (e.g., business administration, information systems, information assurance)
One full year of information systems management experience
One full year of general security management experience
Skill-based security certifications (e.g., SANS Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), CompTIA Security +, Disaster Recovery Institute Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), ESL IT Security Manager)
Completion of an information security management program at an institution aligned with the Model Curriculum
The experience substitutions will not satisfy any portion of the three-year information security management work experience requirement.
Who Should Attend
IT Security Managers, Security Officers & Security Consultants who are seeking to take the CISM examination.
In the preparation for the CISM Examination, we recommend that each participant purchase the following ISACA study materials directly from the ISACA bookstore:
CISM Review Manual
CISM Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual
CISM Practice Questions Database
Certified Information Security Manager Course Agenda (as a brief guidance)
Testing-Taking Tips and Study Techniques
Preparation for the CISM exam
Submitting Required Paperwork
Resources and Study Aids
Passing the Exam the First Time
Information Security Governance
Information Risk Management
Asset Classification and Ownership
Structured Information Risk Assessment Process
Business Impact Assessments
Information Security Program Development
Information Security Strategy
Program Alignment of Other Assurance Functions
Development of Information Security Architectures
Security Awareness, Training, and Education
Communication and Maintenance of Standards, Procedures, and Other Documentation
Information Security Program Management
Security Program Management Overview
Security Program Infrastructure
Security Impact on Users
Incident Management and Response
Response Management Overview
Importance of Response Management
Performing a Business Impact Analysis
Developing Response and Recovery Plans
The Incident Response Process
Implementing Response and Recovery Plans
The CISM examination is carried out twice a year during the months of June & December.
Registration for the exam is 3 months prior to the test date. This has to be actioned directly with ISACA at www.isaca.org
The examination consists of 200 multiple-choice questions within a 4-hour time limit. Exam scores are reported on a scale from 200 to 800. A candidate must receive a score of 450 or higher to pass the exam.
Classroom Based Training
Whilst online base training has many advantages there are also several hindrances to taking this approach. The most common being the lack of direct and immediate access to an instructor. Should you find yourself unable to progress or need clarification on an aspect of your course you would have to start an email correspondence and wait for a reply. This can be incredibly interrupting to your learning, especially if you find yourself motivated, enthusiastic and raring to go only to find yourself sitting around hoping for a swift response from your instructor.
Consequently, this is the biggest advantage to classroom training. In a classroom environment there is an element of teamwork and interaction that online teaching cannot replicate. The fact that there are others around you in the same situation can be a fantastic motivator, giving you instant access to the instructor and the opportunity to take part in debates and discussions about your course, reinforcing what you are learning along the way.
Unfortunately these advantages can pass by some students. It can sometimes be difficult for an instructor to recognise and engage some people, especially those that may be shy or introverted. Those who are more vocal can dominate discussions and potentially drown out the quieter members of a classroom, partly negating the advantages of the social aspect of classroom learning.
The biggest difference between the two, and the main reason that online courses have received a boom in popularity is that unlike classroom training, online courses can reach hundreds to even thousands more people at once in a swift and effective manner. This method ensures consistency in the course content, and for the companies training, a steady stream of data that helps them ascertain what is and isn’t working in their courses, helping them to develop, adapt, and provide a better service moving forward.
Ultimately, the decision of which approach to choose is entirely down to the customer. If you think that you have the desire and motivation to milk every last drop of learning possible from an online course, then it may just be the best approach for you.
However, if you prefer a social aspect to your learning and the possibility to bounce ideas off others in the same position as you, as well as instant and constructive advice from a tutor, perhaps a classroom based approach is the optimal route.
Fortunately at The Knowledge Academy we offer expert training in both approaches to learning. We have an efficient customer service department we do our best to ensure that you get the best result possible from whatever course you decide to take. When all is said and done, our priority is that you receive first-rate training that enables you to move forward better prepared and in a far better position than which you first contacted us in.