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BCS, Certificate in Information Security Management Principles Virtual

The BCS Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP) three-day training course includes lectures, exercises and practical work covering the new syllabus as of September 2020, which reduced training down from 5 days. It is fully accredited by BCS Professional Certifications and they have rated it as SFIAplus level 3.

Course overview

About the course

As a result of the rising demand for smart devices both commercially and within businesses, there has been, and continues to be an increasing demand for information security professionals to work in organisations and within programmes and projects as specialists.

The adoption of cloud-based security solutions for cyber security in small and medium sized businesses, all over the globe, are also becoming an increasing concern due to the implications for data security. Employees who either understand information security management principles or are seasoned professionals in IT security are in rising demand to help keep businesses and their assets, safe.

This three-day course includes lectures, exercises and practical work. It is fully accredited by BCS Professional Certifications and they have rated it as SFIAplus level 3.

What is virtual classroom training?

Virtual instructor-led training combines the personal teaching experience of a classroom, with the ease and flexibility of a virtual environment. Virtual courses are interactive and engaging, allowing participants to communicate with both the instructor and each other in a collaborative manner.


This is an intensive three day virtual course.

On completion, candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the concepts relating to information security management.
  • Understanding of current national legislation and regulations which impact upon information security management.
  • Awareness of current national and international standards, frameworks and organisations which facilitate the management of information security.
  • Understanding of the current business and common technical environments in which information security management must operate.
  • Knowledge of the categorisation, operation and effectiveness of controls of different types and characteristics.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, application and analysis of Software Testing processes, practices and techniques in the following areas:

  • Web and mobile security
  • Risk management and governance
  • Human Factors
  • Secure software lifecycle
  • Operating systems and virtualisation
  • Adversarial behaviours
  • Network security
  • Security ops and incident management
  • Software security

You can download the syllabus here.

This is an intensive three-day virtual course that includes the following:

  • All accompanying course material                                                                   
  • The cost of the exam 

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Delegates will be provided with Pearson VUE exam voucher one week prior to course commencement. This enables you to book and sit your exam at your local Pearson VUE testing centre at a time and date convenient to you.  Pearson VUE centres are worldwide, and you will be able to choose the closest testing centre to you. You then go along to the test centre with your photo ID at the specified date and time and you will then take an electronic exam. Your exam voucher will have an expiration date and your exam must be sat before this date as these vouchers cannot be extended.

Exam format

To qualify as the holder of a BCS Foundation Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP), delegates must successfully pass the exam administered by the BCS;

  • The exam has 100 multiple choice questions.
  • It will be a ‘closed book’ examination i.e. no notes or books will be allowed into the examination room.
  • It is held over 120 minutes (+ 25% additional time for candidates taking examinations that are not in their native language).
  • The pass mark is 65% (65 out of 100).

Anyone in a role that deals with acquiring and storing data in addition to, security consultants, cyber security managers, engineers, project managers, security technicians and business continuity practitioners. In addition, this course is aimed at software testers, business analysts, developers, and all of those who want to establish sound information security principles whilst equally supporting those who need an overview of information security within their role that may not be specific to the industry. This enables those taking the exam to become either an informed customer or to use the qualification as a steppingstone on their career-ladder.

There are no specific pre-requisites for entry to the examination; however, it is recommended that candidates have a working knowledge of IT. It would be beneficial, although by no means mandatory, to have an:

  • Understanding of the general principles of information technology security
  • Awareness of the issues involved with security control activity