5 Day Fast Track Course – Certified Information Security Manager CISM & Certified Information System Auditor CISA

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5 Day Fast Track Course
Certified Information Security Manager CISM &
Certified Information System Auditor CISA

Course Overview

The globally accepted standard of achievement of Information Security Managers.
The uniquely management-focused CISM certification ensures holders understand business, and know how to manage and adapt technology to their enterprise and industry. CISM affirms both the holders high level of technical competence and their top-calibre leadership and management skills.
CISM promotes international security practices and CISM-certified employees provide enterprises with an information security management certification recognized by organizations and clients around the globe. Having a CISM certification adds directly to the value you offer the enterprise you serve.

The globally accepted standard of achievement of Information Systems Auditors
As it has become more important than ever that organizations recruit employees who can take a comprehensive view of information systems and their relationship to organizational and business success, many hiring managers look for CISA-certified candidates. For some business and governmental agencies, CISA is even a prerequisite for information systems and information technology roles. CISA has become world-renowned as the standard of achievement for those who assess an organization’s information technology and business systems and provide assurance on their availability and sustainability. Since its inception in 1978, more than 129,000 people have become CISA certified to validate their expertise.
CISA is proof not only of competency in IT controls, but also your understanding of how IT relates to business.

Together they are most sought certifications for higher management roles in the fields of Information Systems and Information Security across the UK & Europe.
This unique workshop covers all topics from both the CISM and CISA domains to enable the student to continue their studies to achieve both globally accepted certifications in the shortest possible time. We not only cover the theory and background, but we also find the time to cover the exam questions, study techniques and past papers as well.

This is an intense workshop designed for experienced professionals with the drive to achieve 2 tough certifications in the shortest possible time. Please allow 2 hours each evening for assigned study tasks.


3-5 Years prior experience of the subject matter is highly advisable. Equivalent technical knowledge of A+, Network+ and Security+ is essential. This event is unsuitable for delegates starting a career in Information Security.

Course Details

Format: Instructor led classroom & assigned self-study
Hours: 09:00 to 17:30 over 5 Days (10:00 start on first day only)
Split:60% Theory & 40% Practice exam papers

CISM Topics

1 Information Security Governance
• Establish and maintain an information security strategy in alignment with organizational goals and objectives to guide the establishment and ongoing management of the information security program
• Establish and maintain an information security governance framework to guide activities that support the information security strategy
• Integrate information security governance into corporate governance to ensure that organizational goals and objectives are supported by the information security program
• Establish and maintain information security policies to communicate management’s directives and guide the development of standards, procedures and guidelines
• Develop business cases to support investments in information security
• Identify internal and external influences to the organization (for example, technology, business environment, risk tolerance, geographic location, legal and regulatory requirements) to ensure that these factors are addressed by the information security strategy
• Obtain commitment from senior management and support from other stakeholders to maximize the probability of successful implementation of the information security strategy
• Define and communicate the roles and responsibilities of information security throughout the organization to establish clear accountabilities and lines of authority
• Establish, monitor, evaluate and report metrics (key goal indicators [KGIs], key performance indicators [KPIs], key risk indicators [KRIs]) to provide management with accurate information regarding the effectiveness of the information security strategy

2 Information Risk Management and Compliance
• Establish and maintain a process for information asset classification to ensure that measures taken to protect assets are proportional to their business value
• Identify legal, regulatory, organizational and other applicable requirements to manage the risk of noncompliance to acceptable levels
• Ensure that risk assessments, vulnerability assessments and threat analyses are
• conducted periodically and consistently to identify risk to the organization’s information
• Determine appropriate risk treatment options to manage risk to acceptable levels
• Evaluate information security controls to determine whether they are appropriate and
• effectively mitigate risk to an acceptable level
• Identify the gap between current and desired risk levels to manage risk to an acceptable level
• Integrate information risk management into business and IT processes (for example, development, procurement, project management, mergers and acquisitions) to promote a consistent and comprehensive information risk management process across the organization
• Monitor existing risk to ensure that changes are identified and managed appropriately
• Report noncompliance and other changes in information risk to appropriate management to assist in the risk management decision making process

3 Information Security Program Development and Management
• Establish and maintain the information security program in alignment with the information security strategy
• Ensure alignment between the information security program and other business functions (for example, human resources [HR], accounting, procurement and IT) to support integration with business processes
• Identify, acquire, manage and define requirements for internal and external resources to execute the information security program
• Establish and maintain information security architectures (people, process, technology) to execute the information security program
• Establish, communicate and maintain organizational information security standards, procedures, guidelines and other documentation to support and guide compliance with information security policies
• Establish and maintain a program for information security awareness and training to
• promote a secure environment and an effective security culture
• Integrate information security requirements into organizational processes (for example, change control, mergers and acquisitions, development, business continuity, disaster recovery) to maintain the organization’s security baseline
• Integrate information security requirements into contracts and activities of third parties (for example, joint ventures, outsourced providers, business partners, customers) to maintain the organization’s security baseline
• Establish, monitor and periodically report program management and operational metrics to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the information security program

4 Information Security Incident Management
• Establish and maintain an organizational definition of, and severity hierarchy for, information security incidents to allow accurate identification of and response to incidents
• Establish and maintain an incident response plan to ensure an effective and timely response to information security incidents
• Develop and implement processes to ensure the timely identification of information security incidents
• Establish and maintain processes to investigate and document information security incidents to be able to respond appropriately and determine their causes while adhering to legal, regulatory and organizational requirements
• Establish and maintain incident escalation and notification processes to ensure that the appropriate stakeholders are involved in incident response management
• Organize, train and equip teams to effectively respond to information security incidents in a timely manner
• Test and review the incident response plan periodically to ensure an effective response to information security incidents and to improve response capabilities
• Establish and maintain communication plans and processes to manage communication with internal and external entities
• Conduct post incident reviews to determine the root cause of information security incidents, develop corrective actions, reassess risk, evaluate response effectiveness and take appropriate remedial actions
• Establish and maintain integration among the incident response plan, disaster recovery plan and business continuity plan

CISA Topics

1 The Process of Auditing Information Systems
• ISACA Information Systems Auditing Standards and Guidelines
• Fundamental Business Processes
• Develop and Implement an Information Systems Audit Strategy
• Plan an Audit
• Conduct an Audit
• The Evidence Life Cycle
• Communicate Issues, Risks, and Audit Results
• Support the Implementation of Risk Management and Control Practices

2 IT Governance and Management
• Evaluate the Effectiveness of IT Governance
• Evaluate the IT Organizational Structure and HR Management
• Evaluate the IT Strategy and Direction
• Evaluate IT Policies, Standards, and Procedures
• Evaluate the Effectiveness of Quality Management Systems
• Evaluate IT Management and Monitoring of Controls
• IT Resource Investment, Use, and Allocation Practices
• Evaluate IT Contracting Strategies and Policies
• Evaluate Risk Management Practices
• Performance Monitoring and Assurance Practices
• Evaluate the Organizations Business Continuity Plan

3 Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Implementation
• Evaluate the Business Case for Change
• Evaluate Project Management Frameworks and Governance Practices
• Development Life Cycle Management
• Perform Periodic Project Reviews
• Evaluate Control Mechanisms for Systems
• Evaluate Development and Testing Processes
• Evaluate Implementation Readiness
• Evaluate a System Migration
• Perform a Post-Implementation System Review

4 Information Systems Operations, Maintenance, and Support
• Perform Periodic System Reviews
• Evaluate Service Level Management Practices
• Evaluate Third-Party Management Practices
• Evaluate Operations and End User Management Practices
• Evaluate the Maintenance Process
• Evaluate Data Administration Practices
• Evaluate the Use of Capacity and Performance Monitoring Methods
• Evaluate Change, Configuration, and Release Management Practices
• Evaluate Problem and Incident Management Practices
• Evaluate the Adequacy of Backup and Restore Provisions

5 Protection of Information Assets
• Information Security Design
• Encryption Basics
• Evaluate the Functionality of the IT Infrastructure
• Evaluate Network Infrastructure Security
• Evaluate the Design, Implementation, and Monitoring of Logical Access Controls
• Risks and Controls of Virtualization
• Evaluate the Design, Implementation, and Monitoring of Data Classification Process
• Evaluate the Design, Implementation, and Monitoring of Physical Access Controls
• Evaluate the Design, Implementation, and Monitoring of Environmental Controls

Duration: 5 Day

Cost: £3,245 + Vat

Information System Security Training Scotland, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and onsite course available throughout the UK.

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