Submitted by Publisher on Sat, 05/07/2016 - 11:46


ISACA Cybersecurity

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.

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
  • Incident responses
  • The security implications of the adoption of the emerging technologies

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.

Exam Details

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 Networks, Systems, Applications and Data; (4) Incident Response; and (5) Security Implications and Adoption 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:


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).