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 ISACA Launches New Cybersecurity Fundamentals Online Course to Advance Cybersecurity Skills 

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (4 March 2015)—More than 92% of organizations hiring cybersecurity professionals this year say it will be difficult to find skilled candidates, according to a new study by global IT association ISACA. To help train additional professionals and address the global cybersecurity skills shortage, ISACA has launched a new online course through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX).

Called Cybersecurity Fundamentals, this online course covers:

  • An introduction to cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity principles
  • Information security within lifecycle management
  • Risks and vulnerabilities
  • Incident response
  • Future implications and evolving technologies

“Course participants will gain key insights into cybersecurity and the integral role of cybersecurity professionals,” said Robert E Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, international president of ISACA and vice president of strategy and innovation at CA Technologies. “The interactive, self-guided format provides a dynamic learning experience where users can explore foundational cybersecurity principles, security architecture, risk management, attacks, incidents, and emerging IT and IS technologies—all key concepts and skills that will make them valuable to enterprises seeking to build their cybersecurity teams.”

The course is designed for individuals with zero to three years of cybersecurity experience, students and recent graduates, and those looking to enter the field of cybersecurity. It helps learners prepare to take ISACA’s Cybersecurity Fundamentals exam and earn the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate.

The Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate is a knowledge-based certificate aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), which is compatible with global cybersecurity issues, activities and job roles. The certificate is also aligned with the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). To earn the certificate, candidates must pass a remotely proctored online exam.

The Cybersecurity Fundamentals Online Course takes approximately eight hours to complete, and learners earn eight continuing professional education hours. The course costs US $250 for ISACA members and US $400 for nonmembers. The cost includes 90 days of access. Additional information is available at

This course is the latest offering from ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), which offers resources for cybersecurity professionals at every level of their careers. ISACA will hold an inaugural CSX North America conference this year in Washington DC, from 19-21 October. Details are at



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 Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), 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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