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Certified Cybersecurity Foundation Training Course

Certified Cybersecurity Foundation Training Course

SKU: 5445
  • The industry-leading course for anyone looking to start a career in cybersecurity.
  • Train with cybersecurity experts for a complete introduction to cybersecurity threats, cybersecurity controls, security frameworks, and incident management.
  • Fully aligned with CyBOK (Cyber Security Body of Knowledge) v1.1, which is approved by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre).
  • Study from anywhere with our Live Online and self-paced online options and keep travel and costs down. Learn more.
  • Successful completion of this one-day course and included exam awards the Certified Cybersecurity Foundation (C CS F) qualification and 7 CPD/CPE points.
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Training course outline

This fully accredited, one-day training course provides a comprehensive introduction to current cybersecurity threats and the measures required to mitigate the risks associated with cyber attacks. It also prepares you to pass the included IBITGQ Certified Cybersecurity Foundation (C CS F) exam on the first attempt.

The course content is aligned with CyBOK v1.1. Approved by the NCSC, CyBOK defines and codifies the foundational knowledge required for a cybersecurity professional.

This Foundation-level training focuses on building the introductory knowledge associated with the CyBOK categories:

  • Human, Organizational and Regulatory Aspects
  • Attacks and Defenses
  • Systems Security
  • Software and Platform Security
  • Infrastructure Security

It also prepares candidates to pass the CIISec ICSF (Information & Cyber Security Foundation) qualification. Please see CIISec ICSF for further information on registering for the exam.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Understanding cybersecurity fundamentals
  • Information security and governance
  • Threat, vulnerability, risk assessment and management
  • Understanding security controls
  • Information security frameworks
  • The security lifecycle
  • The need for operational compliance

Certified Cybersecurity Foundation course benefits

 Designed by experts

We’re acknowledged leaders in cybersecurity and information security with years of hands-on experience.

 Delivered by professionals

Taught by a cybersecurity consultant with extensive management and technical experience of helping organizations of all sizes deliver effective cybersecurity programs.


Learn about cybersecurity through group work, exercises, and case studies.

  Learn from anywhere

Learn from anywhere with our instructor-led Live Online or self-paced options that allow you to study in your choice of location and keep travel and costs to a minimum.

Who should attend this course?

This cybersecurity course is particularly suitable for people starting, or wanting to start, a career in cybersecurity. It will also benefit operational staff, business directors, and managers who wish to improve their understanding of cybersecurity and its impact on their organization.

Your learning path

Find out how the Certified Cybersecurity Foundation Training Course will help you develop your career.

Completion of this course is mandatory for taking the next step on your training journey: the Certified Cybersecurity Practitioner Training Course.

This course is an essential component of the following learning paths:

ISO 27001 learning path

Why choose IT Governance USA for your training needs?

  • Pass first time or train again for free: We have trained more than 28,000 people and we’re confident you’ll pass with us first time. If you don’t, we’ll train you again for free.*
  • Access your training anywhere: All course materials are available digitally and will be made available 20 days before your course.
  • Training solutions tailored to your organization: We provide training solutions for multinationals and small businesses.

* T&Cs apply

Course details

What does this course cover?

Module 1 – Understanding cybersecurity fundamentals

  • The impacts of cyber incidents and events on an organization
  • Identify the current threat landscape
  • The CIA triad
  • The roles of people, processes, and controls in cybersecurity

Module 2 – Information security and governance

  • Explain information governance
  • The role of organizational governance and its link to security
  • Introducing the ISO 27014 standard
  • Define a security steering committee
  • Who is responsible for cybersecurity

Module 3 – Threat, vulnerability, risk assessment and management

  • Definitions of risk, vulnerability, threat, and assets
  • The purpose of a risk-based approach
  • Describe risk in terms of impact and likelihood
  • Consider risk and mitigation options
  • The current risk appetite of an organization
  • Review the use of heat maps

Module 4 – Understanding security controls

  • The four control categories: preventive, deterrent, detective, and corrective
  • The four control types: physical, procedural, personal, and technical
  • Understand the concept of Cloud computing
  • Summarize Cloud computing responsibilities
  • Recall symmetric, asymmetric, and hybrid cryptography

Module 5 – Information security frameworks

  • The purpose of policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines
  • The need for security awareness
  • The relationship between legislation and cybersecurity, i.e. the GDPR, CMA
  • Contractual requirements including the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)
  • Standards bodies including ISO/IEC and NIST

Module 6 – The security lifecycle

  • Recognize secure coding practices
  • Examples of testing strategies, such as fuzzing and regression testing
  • The importance of patch management
  • Explain change management
  • The use of independent assurance including ISO 27001

Module 7 – The need for operational compliance

  • The purpose of auditing
  • Discuss methods of monitoring such as IDS, IPS, and SIEM
  • xplain the five phases of incident management

What’s included in this course?

  • Complete course materials (digital copy provided as a PDF file)
  • The Certified Cybersecurity Foundation exam
  • A certificate of attendance

What equipment do I need?

You will need a laptop and a webcam for your course and exam.

Course duration and times

Live Online PDT/PST

  • Day 1: 07:30 am – 3:00 pm

Live Online CDT/CST

  • Day 1: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Live Online EDT/EST

  • Day 1: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Course location

Learn from anywhere with our instructor-led Live Online course.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

This course has no entry requirements, but it would be beneficial for attendees to have basic IT knowledge.

Exams and qualifications

Certified Cybersecurity Foundation exam

Candidates take the Certified Cybersecurity Foundation (C CS F) exam set by IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications) at the end of the course.

  • Delivery method: Online
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Questions: 40
  • Format: Multiple choice
  • Pass mark: 65%

This course is equivalent to:


CPD points

What qualifications will I receive?

Certified Cybersecurity Foundation (C CS F).


This course holds accreditation from IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications) and CIISec (The Chartered Institute of Information Security), satisfying CIISec Knowledge Areas requirements at Level 1: A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, B1, C3, D2, E1, F2, G1, G2, H1 and H2, and Level 2: B2, B3, and H3.

As a premier personnel certification body, IBITGQ specialises in certifying individuals who demonstrate exceptional proficiency in IT governance practices.

IBITGQ maintains accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard, a globally recognised benchmark for conformity assessment. Accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) further underscores the course's commitment to meeting stringent certification requirements.

ISO 17024 certification is esteemed within the industry and universally acknowledged by employers worldwide. By aligning with this standard, our course ensures that your qualifications are not only recognised but also highly valued by employers across diverse sectors.

Upon successful completion of the course, you have the opportunity to validate your professional expertise by registering your qualification on the esteemed IBITGQ/GASQ successful candidate register. This platform serves as a testament to your commitment to excellence in IT governance, setting you apart as a distinguished professional in the field.

How will I receive my exam results and certificates?

  • Provisional exam results will be available immediately upon completion of the exam. Confirmed exam results will be issued within ten working days from the exam date.
  • Certificates for those who pass will be issued within ten working days from the exam date.
  • Results notifications and certificates are sent directly to candidates by the relevant exam board in electronic format. Please note that hard copy exam certificates are not issued.

Can exams be retaken?

Yes, if you are unsuccessful on the first attempt, you can retake the exam for an additional fee. You can email us to schedule the retest.

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

This course awards 7 CPD points, which are accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

CPD points are a record of your commitment to acquiring the knowledge required to enhance your ability and proficiency to perform your job role.

IT Governance is an approved CPD Provider of the CPD Certification Service. This training course has been reviewed to ensure its quality and integrity and found to meet the required continuing professional development standard and benchmark of an internationally recognized CPD accreditation service.

Ways to Learn

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Wherever you are in the world, you can now attend an IT Governance USA online course and get the full benefit of a classroom session.

To make your life as easy as possible, we offer two ways to attend an instructor-led course:

Live Online

Our instructor-led Live Online courses are hosted and delivered live by one of our expert trainers.

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Learn from anywhere

Our instructor-led classroom / Live Online courses give you the flexibility of attending a classroom course, either in person or by joining the classroom course online.

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The benefits of learning from anywhere:

  • Save on travel, parking, hotels, and other fees
  • Learn and obtain a professional certification from the comfort of your home
  • Our courses use the latest conferencing technology that is compatible with all devices
  • Our trainers focus on maximizing audience participation and getting the most out of our learners
  • All trainers have been hand-picked for their technical and practical expertise
  • You have full control over your course booking, meaning you can edit learner details, course dates, and any special requirements

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