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Certified Cyber Security Foundation Self-Paced Online Training Course

Certified Cyber Security Foundation Self-Paced Online Training Course

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  • Train with cyber security experts for a complete introduction to cyber security threats, cyber security controls, security frameworks and incident management.
  • Fully aligned with the CyBOK v1.1 (Cyber Security Body of Knowledge), which is approved by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre).
  • Work at your own pace with self-paced online training, a more affordable, flexible and less disruptive way to study. Find out more.
  • Learn from anywhere with this Self-Paced course or the Classroom and Live Online options that allow you to study your way, keeping travel and costs down to a minimum.
  • Successful completion of the course and exam awards the Certified Cyber Security Foundation (C CS F) qualification and 7 CPD/CPE points.

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Training course outline

This self-paced online training course provides a comprehensive introduction to current cyber security threats and the measures required to mitigate the risks associated with cyber attacks. It also prepares you to pass the included IBITGQ Certified Cyber Security Foundation (C CS F) exam on the first attempt.

The course content is aligned with CyBOK v1.1 (Cyber Security Body of Knowledge). Approved by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre), CyBOK defines and codifies the foundational knowledge required for a cyber security professional.

This training session focuses on building the introductory knowledge associated with the CyBOK categories:

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

It also prepares candidates to pass the additional 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 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 Foundation Self-Paced Online Training Course benefits:

 Bite-sized learning

Pre-recorded online course, enabling you to learn in easy, manageable, bite-sized chunks.

 Study at your own pace

Learn at a time, place and pace that suit you.

 Learning support

Comes with a learner guide to be read alongside the video modules.

 Test your knowledge

Knowledge-check questions at the end of each module to help gauge what you’ve learned.

 Designed by experts

Designed by acknowledged leaders in the cyber and information security industry.

 Delivered by professionals

Taught by a real-world practitioner with extensive experience of delivering effective cyber security programmes to organisations worldwide.

Who should attend this course?

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

Your Learning Path

Find out how the Certified Cyber Security Foundation Self-Paced Online Training Course will help you boost your knowledge and start or enhance your career.

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

Completion of this course is a mandatory prerequisite for taking the next step on your training journey by booking on the Certified Cyber Security Practitioner Self-Paced Online or Classroom/Live Online training course.

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.
  • Trained by industry experts – our trainers are working consultants with years of practical, hands-on experience.
  • 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.

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Course details

What does this course cover?

Module 1 – Understanding cyber security fundamentals

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

Module 2 – Information security and governance

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

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 organisation.
  • 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.
  • Summarise 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 cyber security, i.e. the GDPR, CMA.
  • Contractual requirements, including the PCI DSS
  • Standards bodies including ISO/IEC and NIST.

Module 6 – The security lifecycle

  • Recognise 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.
  • Explain the five phases of incident management.

What’s included in this course?

  • Full course materials (digital copies provided as a PDF file).
  • Access to our LMS (learning management system) for one year.
  • A Certified Cyber Security Foundation (C CS F) exam voucher (if purchased).
  • A certificate of attendance.
  • Access to a monthly security bulletin from our in-house information security experts to keep you up to date with the latest threats. To see an example, click here.

Please note that this course can be purchased with or without the exam.

What equipment do I need?

You will need a computer for the duration of this course.

Course duration and times

This self-paced online course consists of seven modules of pre-recorded videos and exercises, which are available at any time for one year.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

While there are no formal entry requirements for this course, we assume that attendees will have some IT knowledge.

Is there any recommended reading?

We recommend purchasing and reading the following textbook before the course:

Exams and qualifications

Certified Cyber Security Foundation exam

Candidates can take the Certified Cyber Security 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 Cyber Security Foundation (C CS F).


This course is accredited by IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications).

IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications) is a personnel certification body that certifies individuals in the field of IT governance.

IBITGQ is accredited to the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard (Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons) by IAS (International Accreditation Service). ISO 17024 is a global, industry-recognised benchmark, and qualifications accredited to this standard are recognised and highly valued by employers throughout the world.

You can demonstrate your professional and practical knowledge and expertise by registering your qualification on the IBITGQ/GASQ successful candidate register.

How will I receive my exam results and certificates?

  • Provisional exam results will be available immediately on completion of the exam. Confirmed exam results will be issued within ten working days from the date of the exam.
  • Certificates for those who have achieved a passing grade will be issued within ten working days from the date of the exam.
  • 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 for the exam.

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 recognised CPD accreditation service.

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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Fulfilment of your self-paced online training course

After you have completed your order, you will receive a sales receipt and a “Thank you for your order” confirmation email. This email will ask you to provide essential participant information and gives instructions on how to access your course. If you don’t receive this email, please check your junk folder.

Participant information

You must provide the requested participant information, including a valid email address. This applies whether you have made the booking for yourself or on behalf of someone.

Please check this information is correct before submitting, as you are unable to change the participant’s email address once it has been added to our system.

Accessing the course

If you are a new customer, you will receive an email from with instructions on how to access the LMS (learning management system). If you or other participants do not receive this email, please check your junk folders.

If you have accessed the LMS previously, please log in using your credentials. You can access the LMS at any time from your
My Account page.

Once you have logged in to the LMS, you can download the course material immediately.


Important information: Please read our examination guide before scheduling your exam.

All exams are delivered online using an automated proctor system managed by GASQ on behalf of IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications).

What you need

When you’re ready to take your exam, please log in to your My Account page, scroll down to the ‘Self-paced online training courses’ section and click the ‘Course completed’ button. A member of our team will be in touch to provide details of your exam booking procedure.

Exam candidates are required to have:

  • A desktop or laptop computer with a webcam and microphone;
  • Google Chrome browser installed;
  • Photo ID such as a student card, ID card or driver’s licence;
  • A tablet or smartphone with a camera (optional – but required for some courses); and
  • A stable Wi-Fi Internet connection with a minimum upload speed of 1.5 Mbps.

Please see our examination guide for exact specifications.

Scheduling your exam

You are required to book your exam online at least 96 hours before the exam date.

Please be aware that you can reschedule your exam once (if needed) at least 48 hours before your booked exam date for no additional charge.

Customer Reviews

(4.58)stars out of 5
Number of reviews: 12
1. on 08/11/2023, said:
4 stars out of 5
I found it relatively easy to use and can work through it well.
2. on 20/03/2023, said:
5 stars out of 5
Great course and process was very efficient and fast. Highly engaging course.
3. on 13/09/2022, said:
5 stars out of 5
Immediately available after purchase. I really liked the way in which the course brought together the worlds of ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials in overall information security management. Course met with my expectations. I needed the flexibility of online/distance learning and the ability to retake as many times as I wanted/needed. I have not yet completed the exam but will go through the course again closer to the exam time. Happy to recommend - 5 stars!
4. on 27/05/2022, said:
4 stars out of 5
Actually a 4.5 star rating out of 5!! The course provided everything I expected and was accessible very quickly from the point I purchased it. I have completed the course but yet to take the exam. I specifically liked the interactivity of the course and self-paced worked well around my other commitments. Overall I am very happy to recommend this course.
5. on 23/03/2022, said:
5 stars out of 5
Simple, effective course produced in easy to understand language. Easy to recommend and self paced suited my needs
6. on 23/03/2022, said:
4 stars out of 5
Highly engaging course - would have no hesitation in recommending
7. on 23/03/2022, said:
5 stars out of 5
A good, interactive course, full of useful content and insight. modules well designed and thought out and good preparation for the exam - recommended value for money purchase which met expectations
8. on 14/03/2022, said:
5 stars out of 5
Recommended - would only use IT Governance - good course - bought for 2 members of staff - highly recommended
9. on 07/02/2022, said:
4 stars out of 5
Enjoyable course - great to be able to study at my own pace - good visual content - highly recommended
10. on 09/12/2021, said:
4 stars out of 5
Only reason I couldnt rate as 5 stars is that is something I never do!! However, Andrew Snow presented a very good course which met with my expectations. It is certainly a course I would recommend to anyone looking to increase their knowledge of the subject
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