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 ISACA Launches New Cybersecurity Certificate 

Proctored online exam now available for the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (6 October 2014)—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
  • The security implications of emerging technology
  • Incident response

“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 more than 115,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA ( helps business and IT leaders build trust in, and value from, information and information systems. Established in 1969, ISACA is the trusted source of knowledge, standards, networking, and career development for information systems audit, assurance, security, risk, privacy and governance professionals. ISACA offers the Cybersecurity Nexus, a comprehensive set of resources for cybersecurity professionals, and COBIT, a business framework that helps enterprises govern and manage their information and technology. ISACA also advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials. The association has more than 200 chapters worldwide.

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