While information has become more easily accessible and readily available, the associated risks and security threats have not only increased in number, but also complexity. As a result, the importance of ensuring that an enterprise’s information is protected has also increased. It is now more important than ever for executives to ensure that their IT security managers have the expertise needed to reduce risk and protect the enterprise.

Designed specifically for information security professionals who are preparing to sit for the CISM exam, the course focuses on the four content areas of the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) job practice:  information security governance, risk management and compliance, information security program development and management, information security incident management. Sample exam items will be used throughout the course to reinforce content and familiarize attendees with the CISM exam question format.
Week 1

Information Security Governance

Attendees will understand the broad requirements for effective information security governance, the elements and actions required to develop an information security strategy, and be able to formulate a plan of action to implement this strategy.

  • Establish and maintain an information security strategy and align the strategy with corporate governance

  • Establish and maintain an information security governance framework

  • Establish and maintain information security policies

  • Develop a business case

  • Identify internal and external influences to the organization

  • Obtain management commitment

  • Define roles and responsibilities

  • Establish, monitor, evaluate and report metrics

Week  2-3

 Information Risk Management and Compliance

Students will be able to manage information security risks.

  • Establish a process for information asset classification and ownership

  • Identify legal, regulatory, organizational and other applicable requirements

  • Ensure that risk assessments, vulnerability assessments and threat analyses are conducted periodically.

  • Determine appropriate risk treatment options.

  • Evaluate information security controls

  • Identify the gap between current and desired risk levels

  • Integrate information risk management into business and IT processes

  • Monitor existing risk.

  • Report noncompliance and other changes in information risk

Week 4-5

Information Security Program Development and Management

Students will be able to develop and manage an information security plan.

  • Establish and maintain the information security program.

  • Ensure alignment between the information security program and other business functions.

  • Identify, acquire, manage and define requirements for internal and external resources.

  • Establish and maintain information security architectures.

  • Establish, communicate and maintain organizational information security standards, procedures, and guidelines.

  • Establish and maintain a program for information security awareness and training.

  • Integrate information security requirements into organizational processes.

  • Integrate information security requirements into contracts and activities of third parties.

  • Establish, monitor and periodically report program management and operational metrics

Week 6

Information Security Incident Management

Students will effectively manage information security within an enterprise and develop policies and procedures to respond to and recover from disruptive and destructive information security events.

  • Establish and maintain an organizational definition of, and severity hierarchy for, information security incidents

  • Establish and maintain an incident response plan

  • Develop and implement processes to ensure the timely identification of information security incidents

  • Establish and maintain processes to investigate and document information security incidents

  • Establish and maintain incident escalation and notification processes

  • Organize, train and equip teams to effectively respond to information security incidents

  • Test and review the incident response plan periodically

  • Establish and maintain communication plans and processes

  • Conduct post-incident reviews

  • Establish and maintain integration among the incident response plan, disaster recovery plan and business continuity plan