Use lockdown to boost your information security career

- Information security - Training

13-05-2020


Preparing for the next step in your career is easier said than done. CPD and other professional development options are always on the to do list, but with day to day and strategic activities in a busy department, they are usually the areas that receive the least attention or they fall off the list entirely.

Now that many of us are no longer commuting to the office, those hours usually wasted sitting in a car or bus can be reallocated towards that cyber or information security certification you’ve been attempting to start for the last year (or five).

Since lockdown began, we’ve had a number of requests to provide training and development for cyber and information security managers who want to take the next step towards a CISO-level role. So, we’ve adapted our Cyber Academy offering to create a remote, tailored preparation programme, designed to meet each individual’s availability and needs; it is delivered to your own schedule and on your terms by our most senior and experienced staff.

Chief Information Security Officer preparation

Chief Information Security Officers carry heavy responsibilities for balancing their organisations’ business and security requirements and benefit from knowledge and experience of a wide range of cyber security disciplines and concepts.

Bringing your experience up to the level required requires time and direction. We provide one-to-one coaching to help you prepare for a more senior role. The programme is shaped to fit your timetable and typically lasts 2-3 months. It includes 30-40 hours of contact time from a PhD-level instructor and preparation for at least one relevant certification, such as CISSP or CISM. A programme example might look like:

Month 1

  • Initial consultation (2 hours of 1-1 contact time)
  • Resources provided:
    • Recommended study plan including preparation plan for CISSP certification
    • CISSP preparation slide deck
  • Four hours per week of teaching to fill gaps and consolidate experience (16 hours of 1-1 contact time)
  • 2-hour pre CISSP exam readiness check and final revision recommendations (2 hours of 1-1 contact time)

Month Two:

  • 2 hours per week mentoring and instruction (8 hours of 1-1 contact time)
  • Final CISO promotion readiness check (2 hours of 1-1 contact time)
  • Resources provided:
    • Career L&D plan: this gives advice on training and experience for future years to ensure your continuing professional development while in a CISO role, and your future promotions.

CISSP or CISM preparation

Like any exam, preparation is key, so we provide one-to-one coaching and a learning and development plan to help you prepare for a professional certificate such as CISSP or CISM. The programme is shaped to fit your timetable and typically lasts 1 month, including 20 hours of one-to-one contact time from a PhD-level instructor. A programme example might look like:

  • Initial consultation (2 hours of 1-1 contact time)
  • Resources provided:
    • Recommended study plan
    • CISSP preparation slide deck
  • 4 hours per week of teaching to fill gaps and consolidate experience (16 hours of 1-1 contact time)
  • 2-hour pre CISSP exam readiness check and final revision recommendations (2 hours of 1-1 contact time)

About our trainers

This one-to-one coaching and training is led by our most senior and experienced staff, who deliver desk-side and remote one-to-one coaching to the most senior government and industry executives, including Cabinet and Main Board members, CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and CISOs.

We are proud that all of our specialist trainers operate as industry-accredited cyber security practitioners. They have real-world experience working in a multitude of industries and environments, assessing and defending against the most common or advanced threats. They bring a wealth of experience from government, commercial or law enforcement backgrounds which—when combined—allows for excellent direction, mentoring and support for a cyber professional to learn, grow and seek guidance from.

Talk to us about your next step

We specialise in developing and delivering training packages that are tailored to our clients’ budgets, requirements and outcomes. We take into account your previous experience, the sectors you work in, your specific workplace challenges and personal development needs. Our at home/remote learning packages are further tailored to respect your other commitments and availability to help you make the most of the at-home learning opportunities.

Please contact us on +44 (0)845 600 4403 or sales@pgitl.com to discuss your requirements and how we can meet them.

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If you have any questions about our services or would like to learn more about our consultants here at PGI, please get in touch with us and speak with one of the team, call us on +44 (0)845 600 4403 or email us at sales@pgitl.com

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