Who is it for?

Anyone with an interest in information security, whether as a career or for general business knowledge.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements however, the candidate should have basic working IT knowledge and an awareness of the issues involved with the security control activities.

It's recommended that candidates read the BCS course approved reference book Information Security Management Principles, as well as attend training with a BCS accredited training course.

What will I learn?

Candidates should be able to demonstrate: 

  • Knowledge of the concepts relating to information security management. 
  • Understanding of current national legislation and regulations which impact upon information security management. 
  • Awareness of current national and international standards, frameworks and organisations which facilitate the management of information security.  
  • Understanding of the current business and common technical environments in which information security management must operate. 
  • Knowledge of the categorisation, operation and effectiveness of controls of different types and characteristics. 

Please note: This certification has now been refreshed in line with current information security practices and the existing technical landscape. The previous exam and syllabus are still available until 30 November 2020.

Download the old syllabus (PDF)

The new syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours, plus a recommended reading list:

Download the new syllabus (PDF)

How do I get this qualification?

Training and exam (recommended)

Take this course with one of our accredited training providers.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last three days.

Where can I study?

At a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

Course prices vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

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Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about information security.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 40 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

At any Pearson VUE test centre across the world.

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £192 (£160.00 + VAT)

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What format is the exam?

  • Two hour ‘closed book’ with 100 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (65/100)

Download the current specimen paper (PDF)

Download the current answer key (PDF)

Download the new specimen paper and answer key (PDF)

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation or SQA.