Certified Cyber Security Foundation and Practitioner Combination Training Course

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Training course outline

The Certified Cyber Security Foundation and Practitioner Combination Training Course consists of the Certified Cyber Security Foundation (one-day) and Practitioner (four-day) training courses.

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

This Foundation-level and Practitioner-level training programme focuses on building the knowledge associated with the CyBOK categories:

  • Human, Organisational and Regulatory Aspects
  • Attacks and Defences
  • Systems Security
  • Software and Platform Security
  • Infrastructure Security

  • The course covers:

  • Understanding cyber security fundamentals;
  • Information security frameworks and governance;
  • How to detect and respond to malware attacks and adversarial behaviour;
  • Security operations and incident management concepts;
  • How security can be ensured at the operating system and hypervisor levels;
  • Implementing network and hardware security;
  • Preventing, detecting and mitigating software cyber attacks; and
  • Web and mobile device cyber security.

  • Certified Cyber Security Foundation and Practitioner Combination Training Course benefits

    Designed by experts

    We're an acknowledged leader in cyber and information security with years of practical, hands-on experience.

    Delivered by professionals

    Taught by a cyber security consultant with extensive management and technical experience of helping organisations of all sizes deliver effective cyber security programmes.

    Gain practical experience

    Use tools and real-life examples to understand how to apply cyber security controls.

    Build your career in cyber security

    Achieve IBITGQ Certified Cyber Security Foundation (C CS F) and Practitioner (C CS P) qualifications.

    Hands-on study

    Participate in group discussions and practical exercises, and explore case studies throughout the course.

    Learn from anywhere

    Choose whether you attend Live Online or in person at one of our training venues in Ely and London.

    Who should attend this course?

    These courses are for individuals who wish to develop a successful career in cyber security management and implementation. They are particularly suitable for those who need to improve their technical knowledge of typical cyber security attacks and the security controls required at the network, systems, operational and software levels.

    The courses are appropriate for those with foundational IT experience who wish to advance their career, and existing IT professionals such as:

    These individuals could be:

  • Network administrators
  • Database administrators
  • Cloud architects
  • IT helpdesk staff

  • Your Learning Path

    Find out how the Certified Cyber Security Foundation and Practitioner Combination Training Course will enhance your knowledge and help you start or boost your career.

    The Certified Cyber Security Foundation (C CS F) and Practitioner (C CS P) courses are essential components of the following learning paths:

  • Cyber Security roles
  • Information Security roles

  • Why choose IT Governance for your training needs?

  • We're internationally recognised as the authority on ISO 27001 - Our team led the world's first ISO 27001 certification project, and since then we have trained more than 8,000 professionals on information security management system (ISMS) implementations and audits.
  • Learn from anywhere - as a company that fully embraces flexible and remote working, we have adjusted our delivery methods to allow you to learn from anywhere. Our Classroom / Live Online delivery option enables you to attend either in person or online.
  • 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.*
  • Choose the method that suits you - we offer classroom, instructor-led online, self-paced online, e-learning and in-house training options.
  • Access your training anywhere - all our course materials are provided as a digital copy, allowing you to access them anywhere and at any time. Documents will be made available 20 days before your course.
  • Business solutions to suit you - whether you're a multinational wanting us to manage all your training needs or a small business wishing to boost your workforce skills, we offer a range of training solutions.

  • Course details

    What does this training course cover?

    Certified Cyber Security Foundation

  • Understanding cyber security 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 Cyber Security Practitioner

  • Typical malware attacks and how to detect and respond to them.
  • Adversarial behaviours and the frameworks used to understand malicious operations.
  • Fundamental concepts of security operations and incident management.
  • Digital forensic techniques and their application.
  • Introducing cryptography.
  • How security can be ensured at the operating system and hypervisor levels.
  • Distributed systems security.
  • Authorisation, authentication and accountability, and their relationship with access control.
  • Prevention, detection and mitigation of cyber attacks on software applications.
  • Web and mobile device cyber security.
  • Secure software design and the secure software lifecycle.
  • Implementing network security.
  • Hardware security and how it is measured and protected.
  • Research trends and characteristics in the cyber-physical systems security field.
  • Challenges and opportunities of physical layer and telecommunications security.

  • What's included in this course?

  • Full course materials (digital copy provided as a PDF file).
  • The Certified Cyber Security Foundation and Practitioner exams.
  • A certificate of attendance.

  • What equipment do I need?

    You will need a laptop for the duration of your course and exams. Our course materials include an interactive PDF and an online quiz tool for knowledge testing. Full details on how to access each exam are provided by email 1-2 days before the exam dates.

    Course duration and times

    Day 1: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Day 2: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Day 3: 9:15 am - 5:00 pm
    Day 4: 9:15 am - 5:00 pm
    Day 5: 9:15 am - 4:30 pm

    Course locations

  • Learn from anywhere with our instructor-led Live Online courses, or Classroom / Live Online delivery options. Learn more .
  • Alternatively, you can study in a classroom at one of our venues in London or Ely (Cambridgeshire).

  • Are there any prerequisites for this course?

    These courses have no entry requirements, but participants should have basic IT knowledge.

    Is there any recommended reading?

    We recommend that you purchase and read the following textbook before the course:

  • Information Security Management Principles - Third Edition

  • Exams and qualifications

    Certified Cyber Security Foundation and Practitioner exams

    Candidates will take the following ISO 17024-certificated IBITGQ exams:

  • C CS F
  • C CS P

  • Both exams consist of 40 multiple-choice questions, with a pass mark of 65%. There is no extra charge for either exam.

    This course is equivalent to:


    CPD points

    What qualifications will I receive?

    Certified Cyber Security Foundation (C CS F) and Certified Cyber Security Practitioner (C CS P).


    All courses hold accreditations 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 given immediately after completing the exams. Confirmed results will be issued within ten working days with your certificate(s) to your email address.

    Do I need to bring proof of identity?

    Candidates must bring a form of photographic ID with them as the invigilator may request to check it before the exam.

    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.

    Ways to learn

    Learn your way with our flexible delivery methods

    We want you to learn, qualify and progress, and we are committed to providing learning options for all scenarios: deadline-driven, career-orientated, company-wide or interest-led.

    Instructor-led public courses

    Structured learning, with clear direction and guidance from expert practitioners:

  • Focused learning
  • Delivered by expert practitioners
  • Peer support
  • In-the-moment insights

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    Self-paced online learning

    Learn and absorb material in a way that works for you:

  • Study at your own pace
  • Cost-effective
  • Bite-sized learning
  • Fits around you

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    Unique blended learning courses

    The most effective learning method for professionals:

  • Work around lifestyle challenges
  • A more manageable programme
  • Tailored, mastery-based learning
  • Better learning outcomes

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    In-house and corporate training

    Learning as a team and building a culture of awareness:

  • Unique to you
  • Peace of mind
  • Improve teamwork
  • Maximise your budget

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