Press Release


 ISACA’s New Cybersecurity Boot Camp Offers Skills-Based Training 

Intensive five-day training helps organizations develop their cyber workforces

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (23 February 2016)—Cybersecurity professionals seeking a more thorough mastery of hands-on skills—and organizations seeking to develop their cyber workforces—can advance their training through ISACA’s new five-day CSX Practitioner Boot Camp.

Global IT and cybersecurity association ISACA is offering the boot camp through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) as an accelerated training option for those preparing for the CSX Practitioner (CSXP) certification or looking to enhance their practical skills.

“The CSX Practitioner Boot Camp is a valuable opportunity for cybersecurity professionals to efficiently gain hands-on skills to help them protect and defend their enterprises,” said Shannon Donahue, Ph.D., CISM, director of cybersecurity practices at ISACA. “In just five days, attendees will make major gains in their training that will set them on a path toward certification and career advancement.”

The expert-led Boot Camp courses will be offered at five US locations in 2016:

  • Chicago, Illinois (4-8 April)
  • Washington, D.C. (11-15 April)
  • New York, New York (16-20 May)
  • Denver, Colorado (13-17 June)
  • San Francisco, California (20-24 June)

Launched in 2015, the CSXP certification is the first vendor-neutral, performance-based certification for cybersecurity professionals. The exam measures cybersecurity proficiency in a virtual lab environment using real-world scenarios.

“The CSXP certification is a valuable distinction for cybersecurity professionals,” said Christos Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC. “According to ISACA’s 2016 Cybersecurity Snapshot survey, nearly 8 in 10 respondents said they’d prefer to hire a candidate who holds a performance-based certification.”

Boot Camp classes consist of hands-on lab exercises in addition to instruction on key cybersecurity concepts. The immersive training will prepare students for five key cybersecurity responsibilities:

  • Identify: Identification, assessment and remediation of threats and vulnerabilities in internal and external frameworks
  • Protect: Implementation of cybersecurity controls to protect a system for identified threats
  • Detect: Detection of network and system incidents, events and compromise indicators and assessment of potential damage
  • Respond: Execution of comprehensive incident response plans and mitigation of cyber incidents
  • Recover: Recovery from incidents and disasters, including post-incident response documentation and implementation of continuity plans

CSXP Boot Camp is intended for cybersecurity professionals with a minimum of 1 to 5 years of experience who already are proficient in concepts such as network scanning, centralized monitoring, vulnerability scanning, compromise indicators, packet analysis and user account controls.

Boot Camp attendees will receive a complimentary, six-month subscription to a virtual cyber lab so they can continue enhancing their technical skills.

Individuals who are newer to their cybersecurity roles should consider the more comprehensive, three-week series of CSX Practitioner courses: CSX Practitioner Course 1: Identification and Protection, CSX Practitioner Course 2: Detection and CSX Practitioner Course 3: Respond and Recover.

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ISACA ( helps global professionals lead, adapt and assure trust in an evolving digital world by offering innovative and world-class knowledge, standards, networking, credentialing and career development. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global nonprofit association of 140,000 professionals in 180 countries. ISACA also offers the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), a holistic cybersecurity resource, and COBIT, a business framework to govern enterprise technology.


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