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CISM Training Boot Camp

Infosec’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Boot Camp is a five-day training focused on preparing you for the ISACA CISM exam. You’ll leave with the knowledge and domain expertise needed to pass the CISM exam the first time you take it.

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Boot camp overview

This CISM Boot Camp is designed for experienced information security managers and other professionals who manage, design, oversee or assess an enterprise’s information security.

The training prepares you for the CISM examination by testing your knowledge and your ability to apply it to real-world scenarios. You will gain in-depth knowledge of security governance, risk management, security program development and management, and security incident management. The boot camp has been updated to align with the new CISM job practice areas and is designed to fully prepare you to pass the challenging CISM exam.

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Exam Pass Guarantee

If you don’t pass your exam on the first attempt, get a second attempt for free. Includes the ability to re-sit the course for free for up to one year.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re not 100% satisfied with your training at the end of the first day, you may withdraw and enroll in a different Flex Pro or Flex Classroom course.

Knowledge Transfer Guarantee

If an employee leaves within three months of obtaining certification, Infosec will train a different employee at the same organization tuition-free for up to one year.

What's included?

93% pass rate — the best in the industry

  • Five days of intense CISM training with a CISM-certified instructor
  • Immediate access to in-depth CISM pre-study course
  • Infosec proprietary digital courseware (physical textbooks available to purchase)
  • CISM exam voucher
  • 90-day access to replays of daily lessons (Flex Pro)
  • Curated videos from other top-rated instructors (add-on)
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Exam Pass Guarantee (Flex Pro)

Industry-leading exam pass rates

Infosec’s CISM courseware materials are always up to date and synchronized with the latest ISACA exam objectives. Our industry-leading curriculum and expert instructors have led to the highest pass rates in the industry. More than 93% of Infosec students pass their certification exams on their first attempt.

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Who should attend?

  • Information security managers
  • Information security consultants
  • Chief information officers
  • Chief information security officers
  • Anyone interested in learning information security management skills and getting certified

Prerequisites

To become a CISM, you must submit verified evidence of a minimum of five years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work experience in three or more of the job practice analysis areas. The work experience must be gained within the ten-year period preceding the application date for certification or within five years from the date of originally passing the exam.

Who choose Infosec?

Your flexible learning experience

Infosec Flex makes expert, live instruction convenient with online and in-person formats tailored to how, when and where you learn best.

Public training boot camps held nationwide

  • Pre-study course materials
  • Live instruction
  • Digital courseware
  • Daily reinforcement materials
  • Catered lunches
  • Infosec community forum access
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Knowledge Transfer Guarantee

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Immersive, live-streamed instruction

  • Pre-study course materials
  • Live instruction
  • Digital courseware
  • Daily reinforcement materials
  • Detailed performance reporting
  • Video replays
  • 90-day extended access to materials
  • Infosec community forum access
  • Exam Pass Guarantee
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Knowledge Transfer Guarantee

Tailored team training at your location

  • Pre-study course materials
  • Live, customized instruction at your location
  • Digital courseware
  • Daily reinforcement materials
  • Detailed team performance reporting
  • Video replays
  • 90-day extended access to materials
  • Infosec community forum access
  • Exam Pass Guarantee
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Knowledge Transfer Guarantee

CISM objectives

The CISM certification promotes international practices and validates your knowledge and experience around effective security management and consulting. The four CISM domains include:

  1. Security governance: To effectively address the challenges of protecting an organization’s assets, senior management must define the desired outcomes of the information security program.
  2. Risk management: Asset classification and valuation is an essential part of an effective risk management program — the greater the value, the greater the impact, the greater the risk.
  3. Information security program development and management: The purpose of this area is to implement management’s governance strategy — the “due diligence” and “due care” of protecting the corporation’s assets.
  4. Information security incident management: This area focuses on effectively managing unexpected (and expected) events, which may or may not be disruptive, and can be summed up in five words: identify, protect, detect, respond and recover.

What you'll learn

  • Information security governance
  • The role of an information security steering group
  • Legal and regulatory issues associated with internet businesses, global transmissions and transborder data flows
  • Common insurance policies and imposed conditions
  • Information security process improvement
  • Recovery time objectives (RTO) for information resources
  • Cost-benefit analysis techniques for mitigating risks to acceptable levels
  • Security metrics design, development and implementation
  • Information security management due diligence activities and reviews of the infrastructure
  • Events affecting security baselines that may require risk reassessments
  • Changes to information security requirements in security plans, test plans and reperformance
  • Disaster recovery testing for infrastructure and critical business applications
  • External vulnerability reporting sources
  • CISM information classification methods
  • Life-cycle-based risk management principles and practices
  • Security baselines and configuration management in the design and management of business applications and infrastructure
  • Acquisition management methods and techniques
  • Evaluation of vendor service level agreements and preparation of contracts

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You're in good company.

"I’ve taken five boot camps with Infosec and all my instructors have been great."

Jeffrey Coa

Information Security Systems Officer

"The course not only met my expectations, but exceeded them. It was the most engaging online training I’ve ever had."

Val Vask

Commercial Technical Lead

"I knew Infosec could tell me what to expect on the exam and what topics to focus on most."

Julian Tang

Chief Information Officer

Our clients

FedEx
Microsoft
Bank of America
Defense Information Systems Agency
Symantec

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CISM Boot Camp details

Day 1: Information security governance

  • Information security concepts
  • Relationship between information security and business operations
  • Techniques used to secure senior management commitment and support of information security management
  • Methods of integrating information security governance into the overall enterprise governance framework
  • Practices associated with an overall policy directive that captures senior management
  • Level direction and expectations for information security in laying the foundation for information security management within an organization
  • An information security steering group function
  • Information security management roles, responsibilities and organizational structure
  • Areas of governance (e.g., risk management, data classification management, network security, system access)
  • Centralized and decentralized approaches to coordinating information security
  • Legal and regulatory issues associated with internet businesses, global transmissions and transborder data flows (e.g., privacy, tax laws and tariffs, data import/export restrictions, restrictions on cryptography, warranties, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, national security)
  • Common insurance policies and imposed conditions (e.g., crime or fidelity insurance, business interruption)
  • Requirements for the content and retention of business records and compliance
  • Process for linking policies to enterprise business objectives
  • Function and content of essential elements of an information security program (e.g., policy statements, procedures and guidelines)
  • Techniques for developing an information security process improvement model for sustainable and repeatable information security policies and procedures
  • Information security process improvement and its relationship to traditional process management, security architecture development and modeling, and security infrastructure
  • Generally accepted international standards for information security management and related process improvement models
  • The key components of cost benefit analysis and enterprise transformation/migration plans (e.g., architectural alignment, organizational positioning, change management, benchmarking, market/competitive analysis)
  • Methodology for business case development and computing enterprise value proposition

Day 2: Risk management

  • Information resources used in support of business processes
  • Information resource valuation methodologies
  • Information classification
  • The principles of development of baselines and their relationship to risk-based assessments of control requirements
  • Life-cycle-based risk management principles and practices
  • Threats, vulnerabilities and exposures associated with confidentiality, integrity and availability of information resources
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods used to determine sensitivity and criticality of information resources and the impact of adverse events
  • Use of gap analysis to assess generally accepted standards of good practice for information security management against current state
  • Recovery time objectives (RTO) for information resources and how to determine RTO
  • RTO and how it relates to business continuity and contingency planning objectives and processes
  • Risk mitigation strategies used in defining security requirements for information resources supporting business applications
  • Cost benefit analysis techniques in assessing options for mitigating risks threats and exposures to acceptable levels
  • Managing and reporting status of identified risks

Day 3: Information security program development and management

  • Methods to develop an implementation plan that meets security requirements identified in risk analyses
  • Project management methods and techniques
  • The components of an information security governance framework for integrating security principles, practices, management and awareness into all aspects and all levels of the enterprise
  • Security baselines and configuration management in the design and management of business applications and the infrastructure
  • Information security architectures (e.g., single sign-on, rules-based as opposed to list-based system access control for systems, limited points of systems administration)
  • Information security technologies (e.g., cryptographic techniques and digital signatures, enabling management to select appropriate controls)
  • Security procedures and guidelines for business processes and infrastructure activities
  • Systems development life cycle methodologies (e.g., traditional SDLC, prototyping)
  • Planning, conducting, reporting and follow-up of security testing
  • Assessing and authorizing the compliance of business applications and infrastructure to the enterprise’s information security governance framework
  • Types, benefits and costs of physical, administrative and technical controls
  • Planning, designing, developing, testing and implementing information security requirements into an enterprise’s business processes
  • Security metrics design, development and implementation
  • Acquisition management methods and techniques (e.g., evaluation of vendor service level agreements, preparation of contracts)

Day 4: Information security program development and management (continued)

  • How to interpret information security policies into operational use
  • Information security administration process and procedures
  • Methods for managing the implementation of the enterprise’s information security program through third parties, including trading partners and security services providers
  • Continuous monitoring of security activities in the enterprise’s infrastructure and business applications
  • Methods used to manage success/failure in information security investments through data collection and periodic review of key performance indicators
  • Change and configuration management activities
    Information security management due diligence activities and reviews of the infrastructure
  • Liaison activities with internal/external assurance providers performing information security reviews
  • Due diligence activities, reviews and related standards for managing and controlling access to information resources
  • External vulnerability reporting sources, which provide information that may require changes to the information security in applications and infrastructure
  • Events affecting security baselines that may require risk reassessments and changes to information security requirements in security plans, test plans and reperformance
  • Information security problem management practices
  • Information security manager facilitative roles as change agents, educators and consultants
  • Ways in which cultural and socially acceptable differences affect the behavior of staff
  • Activities that can change cultural and socially acceptable behavior of staff
  • Methods and techniques for security awareness training and education

Day 5: Information security incident management

  • Components of an incident response capability
  • Information security emergency management practices (e.g., production change control activities, development of computer emergency response team)
  • Disaster recovery planning and business recovery processes
  • Disaster recovery testing for infrastructure and critical business applications
  • Escalation processes for effective security management
  • Intrusion detection policies and processes
  • Help desk processes for identifying security incidents reported by users and distinguishing them from other issues dealt with the help desks
  • Notification process in managing security incidents and recovery (e.g., automated notice and recovery mechanisms in response to virus alerts in a real-time fashion)
  • Requirements for collecting and presenting evidence: rules for evidence, admissibility of evidence, quality and completeness of evidence
  • Post-incident reviews and follow-up procedures

Frequently asked questions

  • Why is getting certified an important part of a career as an information security manager?
    • Earning a high-level certification like the CISM demonstrates a working knowledge not just of the security systems practitioner’s use, but management of security professionals as well. Hard data also shows that Certified Information Security Managers earn a higher salary than their non-certified counterparts.

  • What’s the job outlook for CISM professionals?
    • CISM holders are highly sought-after in the information security industry, and are more likely to land senior roles that require greater responsibility. Common job titles include: Information System Security Officer, Information Security Manager, Information/Privacy Risk Consultant, and many others. Click here for more information about the job outlook for CISM professionals.

  • What is the average CISM salary?
    • While salary depends on a number of factors — including job title, location, and relevant work experience — CISM holder salaries range from $52,402 to $243,610. Entry-level positions trend towards the lower end of the spectrum while senior level candidates can expect significantly higher salaries. Click here for more detailed CISM salary information.

  • What does this CISM training course provide that other offerings do not?
    • Infosec’s CISM boot camp has the highest pass rate in the industry — 94%! Our award-winning training utilizes a five-day model of rigorous coursework with a knowledgeable instructor, so that you can rest assured you’re receiving the best training in the industry. And with our Exam Pass Guarantee, you can focus all your attention on the learning process instead of stressing out about pass rates!

  • What are the pre-requirements for taking the CISM?
    • In order to receive the CISM certification, you must submit verified evidence of a minimum of five years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work. This work experience must be gained within a ten-year time period before the application date for certification — or within five years of originally passing the exam. Click here for more information about the pre-requirements of the CISM.

  • What qualifies as information security management experience?
    • The information security management field is broad and, out of necessity, often encompasses many duties within the security profession. Due to this, ISACA has defined four categories within their Job Task Analysis in order to narrow down their definition of what constitutes as information security management work. CISM candidates must perform the designated tasks within at least 3 of these 4 categories. Click here to see ISACA’s breakdown of their Job Task Analysis domains.

  • How does the CISM examination process work?
    • As of 2017, the CISM is administered digitally. The format is multiple choice, with questions delivered one-at-a-time, giving you the option to flag more difficult ones to return to later. While it is multiple choice, some questions may have more than one correct answer. In these instances, the test-taker must select the answer that they believe is most correct. The exam lasts around 4 hours, and includes 150 questions.

  • Is the online CISM boot camp as effective and informative as an in-person training session?
    • The short answer: Yes! Participants of the live online Flex Pro boot camp also get an Exam Pass Guarantee and other training features in addition to a live instructor.

  • How is the CISM related to the DoD 8570?
    • The Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570 requires anyone seeking a government job to hold certain certifications before they can be hired in a position related to information security. The CISM fulfills the DoD 8570’s requirements.

  • What material is covered on the CISM exam?
    • The CISM exam covers four domains that are weighted as follows: Information Security Governance (24%), Information Risk Management and Compliance (30%), Information Security Program Development and Management (27%), and Information Security Incident Management (19%). Click here for a detailed breakdown of what each domain covers.

  • How is the CISM certification different from other comparable security certifications?
    • The CISM is unique in its focus on management and meeting experience requirements. While other certifications are focused on tech skills or platform/product-specific knowledge, the CISM targets professionals who have progressed beyond the role of practitioner.

  • How does the CISM experience waiver work?
    • Certain experience substitutions can be used to satisfy the information security work experience requirement. However, none of these waivers satisfy any portion of the 3-year information security management requirement. For a detailed breakdown of what fulfills the experience substitution criteria, click here.

  • How long is the CISM certification valid after you pass the test, and what are the renewal requirements?
    • The CISM certification remains valid if holders comply with the continuing education policy of completing and reporting 20 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) hours annually and paying the CISM maintenance fee. Click here for more information on maintaining your CISM.

  • Is an exam voucher included with the purchase of this course?
    • Yes, an exam voucher is included.

  • What are some tips for preparing for the CISM?
    • Enrolling in an exam prep course like Infosec’s is a fantastic step towards earning your CISM. And with our exam pass rate of 94%, no one in the industry can compare! Other things you can do to get ready for the exam include making use of ISACA’s official prep guide, taking practice exams online, and figuring out which methods of self-study work best for you. Click here to read more tips for CISM exam success.