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ISACA Launches New Cybersecurity Certificate

Proctored online exam now available for the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. - Tuesday, October 7th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) Global IT association ISACA—creators of the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX)—launched the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate today. Intended for university students and recent graduates, entry-level security professionals, and those seeking a career change, the certificate is knowledge-based and requires passing a proctored online exam.

The Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate is aligned with the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. It tests for foundational cybersecurity knowledge in five areas:

    Cybersecurity concepts
    Cybersecurity architecture principles
    Cybersecurity of networks, systems, applications and data
    Incident response
    Security of evolving technology

“Candidates with a proven level of cybersecurity knowledge are in strong demand worldwide, given today’s global cybersecurity skills crisis,” said Robert E Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, international president of ISACA and vice president of strategy and innovation at CA Technologies. “ISACA’s Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate helps organizations quickly identify candidates with a foundational level of cybersecurity knowledge, while helping the most qualified job seekers distinguish themselves.”

Individuals can register for the certificate exam at The exam, which is remotely proctored via a web cam, is US $150. A study guide is available for purchase.

The certificate differs from ISACA’s four certifications—CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC— which require a minimum number of years of relevant professional experience in addition to passing an exam.

The Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate is the latest resource from ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus. Through CSX, ISACA offers cybersecurity resources for professionals at every level of their careers.

Cybersecurity Month

Also taking place this month is Cybersecurity Month. As a champion of Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the European Cyber Security Month, ISACA will host two free security-related webinars this month:

    9 October—Why Implement the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework?
    28 October—Self-defense Strategies to Thwart Cloud Intruders

The association will also launch two cybersecurity training courses—Implementing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Using COBIT 5 and COBIT 5 Assessor for Security—as well as cybersecurity teaching materials and a cybersecurity student handbook.

“A recent poll of ISACA student members showed that fewer than half believed they would have adequate cybersecurity knowledge to do the type of job they are seeking after graduating college,” said Stroud. “ISACA aims to close that gap with valuable resources that will help individuals build cybersecurity skills and knowledge, and help enterprises develop their cybersecurity workforces.”

For additional information on ISACA’s cybersecurity resources, visit


With 115,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA® ( helps business and IT leaders build trust in, and value from, information and information systems. ISACA established the Cybersecurity Nexus™, a comprehensive set of resources for cybersecurity professionals. Founded in 1969, ISACA also developed COBIT and advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC certifications.


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