(ISC)² adds four new courses to Professional Development Institute’s portfolio

(ISC)² – the non-profit membership association of certified cyber security professionals – has announced the availability of a range of new courses for its Professional Development Institute (PDI) portfolio. PDI course offerings are free to (ISC)² members and associates. Up to 35 CPE credits can be earned by successfully completing the available courses, which are accessible free to members via My Courses or for purchase by non-members at www.isc2.org/development.

“Our members are constantly searching for ways in which to update and improve their skills as the cyber security landscape shifts around them,” said Mirtha Collin, education director at (ISC)². “The PDI is one way in which we provide value to members by harnessing the collective expertise of our association in order to deliver world-class learning opportunities that keep them up-to-speed on areas that will help them advance in their careers and better protect the organisations whom they support.”

The PDI’s Immersive courses are in-depth investigations of a single relevant and timely topic in cyber security and delivered in an online, self-paced format. They’re accompanied by a diverse set of learning activities to help cyber security and IT/ICT professionals gain insights and develop skills that will help them in their day-to-day roles as well as their individual career paths.

The three new Immersive courses available now include:

Creating Your Path to CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) Formulates a picture of the internal and external obstacles on the path to becoming a CISO. This course will help learner find ways around or over those obstacles and see the complete picture of ‘puzzle pieces’ that make up the role. It will help them identify which pieces they already possess and which ones they will need to develop

The CISO’s Guide to Success Explores what it means to be a competent and successful CISO. Learners will understand where they stand on a broad set of competencies that every CISO should have and be developing, and will build a personalised set of plans for how they will enter into the role of CISO and what it takes to make an impact in the first 100 days

Responding to a Breach Teaches learners about a phased approach they can use to respond to a breach. Learners will be able to apply each phase of the response plan and practice adapting it to their environment. After completing the exercises, they will come away with a complete custom response plan. The course also provides a chance to experience an immersive breach exercise and think through how different roles might be involved, how each role might react and which priorities each of those roles would be weighing during a breach

Existing PDI Immersive courses such as ‘GDPR for Security Professionals: A Framework for Success’, ‘DevSecOps – Integrating Security into DevOps’ and ‘Building a Strong Security Culture’ were made available from the outset of the learning programme.

PDI Labs are hands-on courses that enable learners to practice specific technical skills after engaging with upfront preparatory materials. These courses are deployed – and skills assessed – within a virtual machine environment

The first Labs course available now is:

Assessing Application Security Explores the foundations of how to assess an application’s security. In today’s app-enabled world, it’s more important than ever for security practitioners to work with their organisation to ensure all digital assets are adequately protected against attacks. In most cases, the Internet-facing application is the primary target for attackers. When not properly hardened and secured, apps create the entry way for criminals to gain access to sensitive data or even allow for the complete compromise of the underlying system. Whether the application is bought, built or acquired, it’s vitally important to consider its vulnerabilities and the types of attacks that might be used to exploit them.

*To learn more about the PDI and the courses now on offer visit: https://www.isc2.org/development

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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