CYBERSECURITY FUNDAMENTALS Certificate
Cybersecurity skills are in high demand, as threats continue to plague enterprises around the world.An overwhelming majority of students surveyed by ISACA recognizes this and plans to work in a position that requires cybersecurity knowledge. However, one in five report that their universities do not offer cybersecurity courses and less than half feel they will have the adequate skills and knowledge when they graduate.
To fill this gap, ISACA has developed the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate, which provides education and verification of skills in this area.
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Buying and Taking the Exam
The Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate exam is available online, at your convenience. Simply schedule the date and time that works best for you and your exam will be remotely proctored. Take the exam from the privacy of your own home or office.
Price for the exam is US $150; price for the study guide is $45 members/$55 non-members (pdf). Buy the exam and study guide together for $185 members/$195 non-members—a $10 savings. For step-by-step details about the exam process, download the complimentary Exam Guide.
Benefits of Earning This Certificate
The Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate exam tests for foundational knowledge in cybersecurity across five key areas:
- Cybersecurity concepts
- Cybersecurity architecture principles
- Cybersecurity of networks, systems, applications and data
- The security implications of the adoption of the emerging technologies
- Incident responses
The certificate is particularly relevant for recent college/university graduates, entry level professionals and those looking for a career change to cybersecurity.
The certificate program is also one of the best ways to gain foundational knowledge in cybersecurity and begin to build your skills and knowledge in this crucial area. The program helps you gain the skills and education you need to begin your career, but it is also designed to stay with you every step beyond. .
Benefits to the Enterprise
With cybersecurity threats continuing to rise and the growing shortage of appropriately-equipped security professionals worldwide, ISACA's Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate program is the perfect way to quickly train entry-level employees and ensure they have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful. In addition to individual opportunities to purchase and take the exam, enterprise-wide training programs will be coming soon.
The Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate exam is an online, closed-book, remotely-proctored exam. It covers: (1) Cybersecurity Concepts; (2) Cybersecurity Architecture Principles; (3) Security of Network, System, Application & Data; (4) Incident Response; and (5) Security of Evolving Technology (see Knowledge Statements for details). It includes 75 multiple-choice questions and the passing score is 65%. You will have two hours to complete the exam.
Preparing for the Exam
There are a number of ways to prepare for the exam, and begin to build your foundational knowledge of cybersecurity:
- Cybersecurity Fundamentals Study Guide
An excellent stand-alone document for individual study of the core concepts and terms that frame and define the fast-changing and increasingly important field of cybersecurity, the guide was compiled and written by cybersecurity experts. The guide explores in detail the four key areas covered in the exam and Includes self-assessment questions and explanations of the answers.
- Take the Practice Quiz to gauge your knowledge and get a feel for the actual exam.
- Download the complimentary Exam Guide for step-by-step details about the exam process
- ISACA conference workshops and sessions
- CSX webinars
- Whitepapers, books and other publications
- Online course and Training Week (both coming soon!)
To earn the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate, candidates are required to:
- Pass the Cybersecurity Fundamentals examination
The Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate is a knowledge-based certificate offered by ISACA. The certificate is aligned with the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) 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).