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IS03-0323 Information Security Awareness for Accountable Executives

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Course Description

Executives working in UK commercial and third sector companies of any size need to be aware of the requirements for information security. They also need to be aware of the context of their role and the roles of others in defining and implementing company policies and processes, and in some cases implementing management systems for meeting the requirements of standards which the company may be certified against. Information security is increasingly becoming critically important and good practices will ultimately benefit the company and its customers.

This course delivers a more detailed level of awareness of key topics for executives or senior managers that have been delegated specific responsibility for information security and who must then report directly into the board. Those taking the course the will gain awareness of the key requirements and best practice activities to then consider in the context of their business. The key topics covered include those referenced in best practices guidance as set out in the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and standards such as Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001 as well as references to related laws.

Who is the course for?

The course should be taken by business owners and executives and senior managers who are tasked with day to day operational accountability for cyber security, or indeed wish to attain a greater level of awareness of the practical considerations and best practices for businesses. It includes a higher level of detail and awareness in broader areas when compared to the rapid overview course for executives (IS04)

This course is not intended for the public sector or government organisations where special rules apply. Similarly, please note that this is not a technical training course, and is not a course on implementing information security management.

What training pre requisites are there for taking the course?

There are no training pre requisites. The training is best used when the organisation has established policies with regard to information security.

What level of knowledge is required?

No specific specialist information security knowledge is required. It is assumed that all executives have a good knowledge of the business in order to be able to consider the context of the training content within their own organisation.

How long will the course take?

Each module or part of a multi-part module in the course will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. This course will take approximately 3 hours.

What knowledge will be gained after taking the course

This particular course is not intended to provide training to be able to implement information security management systems, but will provide the executive with awareness in the following areas:

  • Information Security terms, concepts and frameworks
  • The challenges and benefits of cyber security
  • The principles and objectives of information security
  • UK Law
  • Governance best practices
  • Baseline best practices
  • The different approaches and frameworks relating to implementing cybersecurity
  • Requirements for UK regulatory compliance
  • Roles and responsibilities and building a positive cyber security culture
  • The benefits and action areas for each of the security best practice areas
  • Practical considerations of implementing NCSC Best practices, Cyber Essentials and ISO27001
  • Information security management systems
  • Threat intelligence, risk management, and employee engagement
  • Asset management, architecture and configuration, and vulnerability management
  • Identity and asset management
  • Data security
  • Logging and monitoring
  • Incident management
  • Supply chain security
  • Common threats and key focus areas
  • Resources and support

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