CISM Foundations: Introduction

9m 12s

This lesson introduces and outlines the CISM (Certified Information Security Management) certification from ISACA. You will learn a little background information about the certification, how you will be assessed, how the exams are structured and carried out, the requirements of the exam, and recommendations for passing. We will also cover how to maintain the certification and the code of ethics that holders of the certification must adhere to. You will also learn about additional resources that can help you when studying for your exams.

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Learning Objectives

  • Outline the CISM certification and what to expect when studying for it
  • Learn how the exams are taken and structured
  • Learn some helpful tips for taking and passing the exam
  • Understand the administrative aspects of the exams (enrolment, duration, etc)

Intended Audience

The CISM is intended for those in security, supervisory, or management positions, or for anyone who wants to obtain the CISM certification.


Any experience relating to information security would be advantageous, but not essential. All topics discussed are thoroughly explained and presented in a way allowing the information to be absorbed by everyone, regardless of their experience within the security field.


About the Author
Learning paths

Mr. Leo has been in Information System for 38 years, and an Information Security professional for over 36 years.  He has worked internationally as a Systems Analyst/Engineer, and as a Security and Privacy Consultant.  His past employers include IBM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Rockwell International.  A NASA contractor for 22 years, from 1998 to 2002 he was Director of Security Engineering and Chief Security Architect for Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.  From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Leo was the Director of Information Systems, and Chief Information Security Officer for the Managed Care Division of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.


Upon attaining his CISSP license in 1997, Mr. Leo joined ISC2 (a professional role) as Chairman of the Curriculum Development Committee, and served in this role until 2004.   During this time, he formulated and directed the effort that produced what became and remains the standard curriculum used to train CISSP candidates worldwide.  He has maintained his professional standards as a professional educator and has since trained and certified nearly 8500 CISSP candidates since 1998, and nearly 2500 in HIPAA compliance certification since 2004.  Mr. leo is an ISC2 Certified Instructor.

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