Become a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO)


Become a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)

Train for the C-Suite

EC-Council’s Chief Certified Information Security Officer (C|CISO) Program has empowered information security professionals to achieve their professional goals across the globe. It is a program developed and delivered by seasoned security executives. It equips future executives with business and technical knowledge so they can succeed at the highest levels of the security industry. The Program is designed by seasoned CISOs to help train professionals in the business of security. The Certified CISO Program is a global community of security leadership focused on delivering security capabilities aligned to the business.

The Certified CISO curriculum provides an executive management perspective that incorporates information security management principles, business acumen, and general technical knowledge within five crucial domains encompassing business functions, strategic security portfolio management, and the latest technology shifts within the security industry.

Program Information

Program Information

Why should you consider the C|CISO program?

The C|CISO Certification is an industry-leading, security certification program that recognizes the real-world experience necessary to succeed at the highest executive levels of information security. Bringing together all the components required for C-Level position, the C|CISO program combines audit management, governance, IS controls, human capital management, strategic program development, and the financial expertise vital to leading a highly successful information security program. The job of the CISO is far too important to be learned by trial and error. Executive-level management skills are not areas that should be learned on the job.The material in the C|CISO Program assumes a high-level understanding of technical topics and doesn’t spend much time on strictly technical information, but rather on the application of technical knowledge to an information security executive’s day-to-day work. The C|CISO aims to bridge the gap between the executive management knowledge that CISOs need and the technical knowledge that many sitting and aspiring CISOs have. This can be a crucial gap as practitioner endeavors to move from mid-management to upper executive management roles. Much of this is traditionally learned as on the job training, but the C|CISO Training Program can be the key to a successful transition to the highest ranks of information security management.

C|CISO Domain Details

C|CISO are Certified in the Knowledge of and experience in the following C|CISO Domains:


  • Define, implement, manage and maintain an information security governance program that includes leadership, organizational structures, and processes.
  • Align information security governance framework with organizational goals and governance, i.e., leadership style, philosophy, values, standards, and policies.
  • Establish information security management structure.
  • Establish a framework for information security governance monitoring (considering cost/benefits analyses of controls and ROI).
  • Understand standards, procedures, directives, policies, regulations, and legal issues that affect the information security program.
  • Understand the enterprise information security compliance prog

Risk Management

  • Create a risk management program policy and charter
  • Create a risk assessment methodology and framework
  • Create and manage risk register
  • Create risk assessment schedule and checklists
  • Create risk reporting metrics and processes


  • Analyze and understand common external laws, regulations, standards, best practices applicable to the organization, and organizational ethics.
  • Be familiar with international security and risk standards such as ISO 27000 and 31000 series
  • Implement and manage information security strategies, plans, policies, and procedures to reduce regulatory risk
  • Understand the importance of regulatory information security organizations and appropriate industry groups and stakeholders
  • Understand information security changes, trends, and best practices
  • Understand and manage enterprise compliance program controls, information security compliance process and procedures, compliance auditing, and certification programs
  • Understand the information security compliance process and procedures
  • Compile, analyze, and report compliance programs
  • Understand the compliance auditing and cortication programs
  • Follow organizational ethics

Information Security Management Controls

  • Identify the organization’s operational process and objectives
  • Design information systems controls in alignment with the operational needs and goals and conduct testing prior to implementation to ensure effectiveness
  • Identify and select the resources required to effectively implement and maintain information systems controls. Such resources can include human capital, information, infrastructure, and architecture (e.g., platforms, operating systems, networks, databases, applications)
  • Design and implement information systems controls to mitigate risk. Monitor and document the information systems control performance in meeting organizational objectives by identifying and measuring metrics and key performance indicators
  • Design and conduct testing of information security controls to ensure effectiveness, discover deficiencies, and ensure alignment with the organization’s risk management program
  • Design and implement processes to appropriately remediate deficiencies and evaluate problem management practices to ensure that errors are recorded, analyzed, and resolved in a timely manner
  • Assess and implement tools and techniques to automate information systems control processes.
  • Measure, manage, and report on security control implementation and effectiveness

Audit Management

  • Understand the IT audit process and be familiar with IT audit standards
  • Apply information systems audit principles, skills and techniques in reviewing and testing information systems technology and applications to design and implement a thorough risk-based IT audit strategy
  • Execute the audit process in accordance with established standards and interpret results against defined criteria to ensure that the information systems are protected, controlled and effective in supporting organization’s objectives
  • Evaluate audit results, weighing the relevancy, accuracy, and perspective of conclusions against the accumulated audit evidence
  • Assess the exposures resulting from ineffective or missing control practices and formulate a practical and cost-effective plan to improve those areas
  • Develop an IT audit documentation process and share reports with relevant stakeholders as the basis for decisionmaking
  • Ensure that the necessary changes based on the audit findings are effectively implemented in a timely manner

Security Program Management

  • For each information systems project develop a clear project scope statement in alignment with organizational objectives
  • Define activities needed to successfully execute the information systems program, estimate activity duration, and develop a schedule and staffing plan
  • Develop, manage and monitor the information systems program budget, estimate and control costs of individual projects
  • Identify, negotiate, acquire and manage the resources needed for successful design and implementation of the information systems program (e.g., people, infrastructure, and architecture)
  • Acquire, develop and manage information security project team
  • Assign clear information security personnel job functions and provide continuous training to ensure effective performance and accountability
  • Direct information security personnel and establish communications, and team activities, between the information systems team and other security-related personnel (e.g., technical support, incident management, security engineering)

Security Program Operations

  • Resolve personnel and teamwork issues within time, cost, and quality constraints
  • Identify, negotiate and manage vendor agreement and community
  • Participate with vendors and stakeholders to review/assess recommended solutions; identify incompatibilities, challenges, or issues with proposed solutions
  • Evaluate the project management practices and controls to determine whether business requirements are achieved in a cost-effective manner while managing risks to the organization
  • Develop a plan to continuously measure the effectiveness of the information systems projects to ensure optimal system performance
  • Identify stakeholders, manage stakeholders’ expectations, and communicate effectively to report progress and performance
  • Ensure that necessary changes and improvements to the information systems processes are implemented as required

Access Control

  • Identify the criteria for mandatory and discretionary access control, understand the different factors that help in implementation of access controls and design an access control plan
  • Implement and manage an access control plan in alignment with the basic principles that govern the access control systems such as need-to-know
  • Identify different access control systems such as ID cards and biometrics
  • Understand the importance of warning banners for implementing access rules
  • Develop procedures to ensure system users are aware of their IA responsibilities before granting access to the information systems

Social Engineering, Phishing Attacks, Identity Theft

  • Understand various social engineering concepts and their role in insider attacks and develop best practices to counter social engineering attacks
  • Design a response plan to identity theft incidences
  • Identify and design a plan to overcome phishing attacks

Physical Security

  • Identify standards, procedures, directives, policies, regulations, and laws for physical security
  • Determine the value of physical assets and the impact if unavailable
  • Design, implement and manage a comprehensive, coordinated, and holistic physical security plan to ensure overall organizational security including an audit schedule and performance metrics

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning

  • Develop, implement, and monitor business continuity, business recovery, contingency planning, and disaster recovery plans in case of disruptive events and ensure alignment with organizational goals and objectives
  • Direct contingency planning, operations, and programs to manage risk
  • Design documentation process as part of the continuity of operations program
  • Design and execute a testing and updating plan for the continuity of operations program
  • Understand the importance of integration of IA requirements into the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).

Firewall, IDS/IPS and Network Defense Systems

  • Understand and manage network cloud security
  • Identify the appropriate intrusion detection and prevention systems for organizational information security
  • Design and develop a program to monitor firewalls and identify firewall configuration issues
  • Understand perimeter defense systems such as grid sensors and access control lists on routers, firewalls, and other network devices
  • Identify the basic network architecture, models, protocols and components such as routers and hubs that play a role in network security
  • Understand the concept of network segmentation
  • Manage DMZs, VPN and telecommunication technologies such as PBX and VoIP
  • Identify network vulnerabilities and explore network security controls such as use of SSL and TLS for transmission security
  • Support, monitor, test, and troubleshoot issues with hardware and software
  • Manage accounts, network rights, and access to systems and equipment

Wireless Security

  • Identify vulnerability and attacks associated with wireless networks and manage different wireless network security tools

Virus, Trojans and Malware, and other Malicious Code Threats

  • Assess the threat of virus, Trojan and malware to organizational security and identify sources and mediums of malware infection
  • Deploy and manage anti-virus systems
  • Develop process to counter virus, Trojan, and malware threats including training both security teams and non-security teams on secure development processes

Secure Coding Best Practices and Securing Web Applications

  • Develop and maintain software assurance programs in alignment with the secure coding principles and each phase of System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
  • Understand various system-engineering practices
  • Configure and run tools that help in developing secure programs
  • Understand software vulnerability analysis techniques including static code, dynamic code, and software composition analysis.
  • Install and operate the IT systems in a test configuration manner that does not alter the program code or compromise security safeguards
  • Identify web application vulnerabilities and attacks and web application security tools to counter attacks

OS Hardening

  • Identify various OS vulnerabilities and attacks and develop a plan for hardening OS systems
  • Understand system logs, patch management process and configuration management for information system security

Encryption Technologies

  • Understand the concept of encryption and decryption, digital certificates, public key infrastructure and the key differences between cryptography and steganography
  • Identify the different components of a cryptosystem
  • Develop a plan for information security encryption techniques

Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing

  • Design, develop and implement a penetration testing program based on penetration testing methodology to ensure organizational security
  • Identify different vulnerabilities associated with information systems and legal issues involved in penetration testing
  • Develop pre and post testing procedures
  • Develop a plan for pen test reporting and implementation of technical vulnerability corrections
  • Develop vulnerability management systems

Threat Management

  • Create and manage a threat management program including threat intelligence, thirdparty threats, and security bulletins regarding hardware and software, particularly open-source software

Incident Response and Computer Forensics

  • Develop a plan to identify a potential security violation and take appropriate action to report the incident
  • Comply with system termination procedures and incident reporting requirements related to potential security incidents or actual breaches
  • Assess potential security violations to determine if the network security policies have been breached, assess the impact, and preserve evidence
  • Diagnose and resolve IA problems in response to reported incidents
  • Design incident response procedures including testing, table top exercises, and playbooks
  • Develop guidelines to determine whether a security incident is indicative of a violation of law that requires special legal action
  • Identify the volatile and persistent system information
  • Set up and manage forensic labs and programs
  • Understand various digital media devices, e-discovery principles and practices and different file systems
  • Develop and manage an organizational digital forensic program
  • Establish, develop and manage forensic investigation teams
  • Design investigation processes such as evidence collection, imaging, data acquisition, and analysis
  • Identify the best practices to acquire, store and process digital evidence
  • Configure and use various forensic investigation tools
  • Design anti-forensic techniques

Application Security  

  • 6.1  Secure SDLC Model
  • 6.2  Separation of Development, Test, and Production Environments
  • 6.3 Application Security Testing Approaches
  •  6.4 DevSecOps
  • 6.5 Waterfall Methodology and Security
  • 6.6 Agile Methodology and Security
  • 6.7 Other Application Development Approaches
  • 6.8 Application Hardening
  • 6.9 Application Security Technologies
  • 6.10 Version Control and Patch Management
  • 6.11 Database Security
  • 6.12 Database Hardening
  • 6.13 Secure Coding Practices

Virtualization Security

  • 8.1 Virtualization Overview
  • 8.2 Virtualization Risks
  • 8.3 Virtualization Security Concerns
  • 8.4 Virtualization Security Controls
  • 8.5 Virtualization Security Reference Model

Cloud Computing Security

  • 9.1 Overview of Cloud Computing
  • 9.2 Security and Resiliency Cloud Services
  • 9.3 Cloud Security Concerns
  • 9.4 Cloud Security Controls
  • 9.5 Cloud Computing Protection Considerations

Transformative Technologies

  • 10.1 Artificial Intelligence
  • 10.2 Augmented Reality
  • 10.3 Autonomous SOC
  • 10.4 Dynamic Deception
  • 10.5 Software-Defined Cybersecurity

Strategic Planning

  • Design, develop and maintain enterprise information security architecture (EISA) by aligning business processes, IT software and hardware, local and wide area networks, people, operations, and projects with the organization’s overall security strategy
  • Perform external analysis of the organization (e.g., analysis of customers, competitors, markets and industry environment) and internal analysis (risk management, organizational capabilities, performance measurement etc.) and utilize them to align information security program with organization’s objectives
  • Identify and consult with key stakeholders to ensure understanding of organization’s objectives
  • Define a forward-looking, visionary and innovative strategic plan for the role of the information security program with clear goals, objectives and targets that support the operational needs of the organization
  • Define key performance indicators and measure effectiveness on continuous basis
  • Assess and adjust security resources to ensure they support the organization’s strategic objectives
  • Monitor and update activities to ensure accountability and progress


  • Analyze, forecast and develop the operational budget of the security department
  • Acquire and manage the necessary resources for implementation and management of information security plan
  • Allocate financial resources to projects, processes and units within information security program
  • Monitor and oversee cost management of information security projects, return on investment (ROI) of key purchases related to IT infrastructure and security and ensure alignment with the strategic plan
  • Identify and report financial metrics to stakeholders
  • Balance the IT security investment portfolio based on EISA considerations and enterprise security priorities
  • Understand the acquisition life cycle and determine the importance of procurement by performing Business Impact Analysis
  • Identify different procurement strategies and understand the importance of costbenefit analysis during procurement of an information system
  • Understand the basic procurement concepts such as Statement of Objectives (SOO), Statement of Work (SOW), and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders (which may include internal client, lawyers, IT security professionals, privacy professionals, security engineers, suppliers, and others) on the procurement of IT security products and services
  • Include risk-based security requirements in acquisition plans, cost estimates, statements of work, contracts, and evaluation factors for award, service level agreements, and other pertinent procurement documents
  • Design vendor selection process and management policy
  • Develop contract administration policies that direct the evaluation and acceptance of delivered IT security products and services under a contract, as well as the security evaluation of IT and software being procured
  • Develop measures and reporting standards to measure and report on key objectives in procurements aligned with IT security policies and procedures
  • Understand the IA security requirements to be included in statements of work and other appropriate procurement documents

Third Party Management

  • Design third party selection process
  • Design third party management policy, metrics, and processes
  • Design and manage the third party assessment process including ongoing compliance management
  • Develop measures and reporting standards to measure and report on key objectives in procurements aligned with IT security policies and procedures
  • Include risk-based security requirements in acquisition plans, cost estimates, statements of work, contracts, and evaluation factors for award, service level agreements, and other pertinent procurement documents
  • Understand the security, privacy, and compliance requirements to be included in Statements of Work (SOW), Master Service Agreements (MSA), and other appropriate procurement documents


To take the C|CISO exam without participating in the training course, candidates must provide proof that they have 5 years of experience in each of the C|CISO domains. Candidates who do participate in the C|CISO training program must show 5 years of experience in three of the C|CISO domains to take the exam.
Associate CCISO Logo
Candidates who do not have 5 years of experience in three of the C|CISO domains for the C|CISO training but have 2 years of experience in at least 1 domain (or who currently hold either the CISSP, CISM or CISA certifications) are qualified for the Associate C|CISO program. Visit Now

Job Roles

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Managing director
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Technical Officer
  • Chief of information Security
  • Vice President of Information Security
  • Associate vice president
  • Information Security Officer
  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • Regional Chief Information Officer
  • Director of Security
  • IT Director/Head or equivalent
  • IT Manager Data Security
  • Director Cloud security
  • Head Project Manager
  • Delivery Manager
  • Security Systems Engineer
  • Security Manager
  • Security Auditor
  • Head of Security Architect
  • Head of Network Architect
  • Infosec consultant and advisory
  • Senior Cyber Security CIO SME
To earn the C|CISO, every applicant must pass the exam covering all 5 C|CISO domains, regardless of experience in each domain. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions administered over a two-and-a-half-hour period. The questions on the exam require extensive thought and evaluation. There are three cognitive levels tested on the C|CISO exam: Level 1 Knowledge: This cognitive level of questions is used to recall memorized facts. This is the most basic cognitive level rarely accepted on certifications as it merely recognizes the candidate’s ability to memorize information. It can be effectively used when asking for basic definitions, standards or any concrete fact. Level 2 Application: This cognitive level of questions is used to identify the candidate’s ability to understand the application of a given concept. It differs from Knowledge based questions in the sense that it requires the understanding and correct applicability of a given concept – not just the concept itself. This type of question often quires additional context before the actual question is provided in the stem. Level 3 AnalysisThis cognitive level of questions is used to identify the candidate’s ability to identify and resolve a problem given a series of variables and context. Analysis questions differ greatly from Application based questions in the sense that they require not only the applicability of a concept but also how a concept, given certain constraints, can be used to solve a problem. Please see the exam blueprint. Note: Students opting for the Associate C|CISO exam must get tested on only two cognitive levels of the above viz. Level 1: Knowledge & Level 2: Application. To learn more about the Associate C|CISO program

Making an informed decision is difficult, and that’s where EC-Council’s C|CISO brochure comes to your rescue. The Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) credential is the most trusted information security certification that employers worldwide value while hiring top-level information security executives.

The comprehensive curriculum covers information security governance, risk, and compliance, security program management and operations, information security controls and audit management, core competencies of information security, and much more.

When you successfully achieve the C|CISO certification, you will be equipped with every skill you need to develop and execute an information security management strategy in alignment with organizational goals.

This is only an overview of C|CISO and what you will learn.

For complete information, download the brochure now. CCISO-brochre-V.6-image
Experience waivers for C|CISO are available for some industry-accepted credentials and higher education in information security (for details, please refer to the waiver chart below). Applicants may only waive up to 2 years of experience for each domain.
Domain Experience Waivers
Governance and risk management
  • PhD in information security (3 years)
  • Master of Science in information security management or information security engineering (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Science in information security (2 years)
Information Security Controls, Compliance, and Audit Management
  • PhD in information security (3 years)
  • Master of Science in information security management or information security engineering (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Science in information security (2 years)
Security Program Management and Operations
  • PhD in information security (3 years)
  • Master of Science in information security or project management (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Science in information security (2 years)
Information Security Core Competencies
  • PhD in information security (3 years)
  • Master of Science in information security (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Science in information security (2 years)
Strategic Planning, Finance, Procurement, and Vendor Management
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license, Master of Business Administration, or Master of Science in finance (3 years)

Is This Course For Me?

We have helped over 380,000 people answer this question over the past 20 years and we are excited to help you with this big decision! Choosing the right credential can seem like a difficult task, here are some things you should consider

Accreditations, Recognitions & Endorsements