Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) (EC6155)

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, organizations are increasingly recognizing the pivotal role of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in safeguarding sensitive information and ensuring robust cybersecurity measures. The EC-Council's Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) program stands as a comprehensive and advanced certification tailored for seasoned information security professionals aspiring to ascend to leadership roles. 

A core group of high-level information security executives, the CCISO Advisory Board, formed the foundation of the program and outlined the content covered by the exam, body of knowledge, and training. Some members of the Board contributed as authors, others as exam writers, others as quality assurance checks, and still others as instructors. Each segment of the program was developed with the aspiring and sitting CISO in mind and looks to transfer the knowledge of seasoned executives to the next generation of leaders in the areas that are most critical in the development and maintenance of a successful information security program. 


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Minimum no. of participants: 5
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Domain 1: Governance, Risk, Compliance

  • 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
  • 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

Domain 2: Information Security Controls and Audit Management

  • 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
  • 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

Domain 3 : Security Program Management & Operations

  • 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)
  • 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

Domain 4: Information Security Core Competencies

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Identify vulnerability and attacks associated with wireless networks and manage different wireless network security tools
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Create and manage a threat management program including threat intelligence, thirdparty threats, and security bulletins regarding hardware and software, particularly open-source software
  • 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

Domain 5: Strategic Planning, Finance, Procurement, and Third-Party Management

  • 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 e 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
  • 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
  • One year access to the class recording
  • 180 days access to the lab environment after class
  • One voucher to take the exam online
  • One year subscription to the CodeRed platform containing thousands of cybersecurity videos
  • Course material accessible in electronic format
  • Official EC-Council Certificate of Attendance
Credentials information: 

Exam Characteristics

  • Preparing for the Certified Chief Information Security Officer certification
  • Cost: $0 (included in your training)
  • Online with EC-Council Exam Center
  • 150 questions with multiple choices
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
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Understanding the CCISO Certification 

The CCISO certification is designed to address the unique demands of executive leadership in information security. It goes beyond technical expertise, focusing on the skills and knowledge necessary to lead an organization's information security program effectively. This program is rooted in the EC-Council's proprietary Body of Knowledge (CBK), covering key domains such as governance and risk management, information security controls, strategic planning, financial management, and more. 

Curriculum Highlights 

The CCISO program delves into critical areas that a CISO encounters in their daily responsibilities. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • Governance and Risk Management: Understanding the importance of effective governance and risk management practices in maintaining a robust security posture. 
  • Information Security Controls: Implementing and managing controls to safeguard information assets and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. 
  • Security Program Management and Operations: Developing and overseeing security programs, including incident response, business continuity, and disaster recovery. 
  • Strategic Planning and Finance: Aligning security initiatives with overall business goals, and managing budgets to optimize resource allocation. 
  • Strategic Alignment: Ensuring that information security strategies align with organizational objectives and contribute to overall success. 

Real-World Application 

What sets the CCISO program apart is its emphasis on real-world application. Participants are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills to practical scenarios, preparing them for the complex challenges they may face as CISOs. This hands-on approach ensures that CCISOs are not just equipped with theoretical knowledge but possess the practical acumen required for leadership roles. 

Career Impact 

Achieving the CCISO certification is a significant milestone for information security professionals. It opens doors to top-level executive positions, including the coveted role of Chief Information Security Officer. The certification is widely recognized and respected in the industry, signifying a professional's readiness to assume leadership responsibilities in the realm of information security. 

Continuous Learning and Certification Maintenance 

The field of cybersecurity is dynamic, with new threats and technologies emerging regularly. The CCISO certification acknowledges this reality and requires individuals to engage in ongoing professional development to stay abreast of industry trends. This commitment to continuous learning is crucial for maintaining the certification's relevance over time. 


The Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) program by EC-Council is not just a certification; it's a transformative journey for information security professionals seeking to ascend to leadership roles. As organizations grapple with the escalating challenges of cybersecurity, the CCISO stands as a beacon of excellence, shaping leaders who can navigate the complexities of information security with skill and acumen. For those aspiring to lead the charge in securing digital landscapes, the CCISO certification is a gateway to unparalleled career opportunities and professional fulfillment. 

Common Questions about the CCISO program (FAQ) 

What is the difference between CISSP and CCISO? 

The main difference lies in the focus and scope of the certifications. CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) is a broader certification covering various aspects of information security, while CCISO (Certified Chief Information Security Officer) is specifically designed for seasoned professionals aspiring to or already in leadership roles, emphasizing executive-level skills and strategies. 

What is the hardest cybersecurity certification? 

Determining the "hardest" certification is subjective, as it depends on an individual's background, experience, and strengths. However, certifications like Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) are often considered challenging due to their comprehensive content and practical application requirements. 

How long does it take to become a CISO? 

The path to becoming a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) varies based on one's starting point. Typically, it requires several years of experience in cybersecurity, progressively responsible roles, and obtaining relevant certifications. Individuals often spend a decade or more building their expertise before reaching the CISO level. 

Is CISO higher than CTO? 

The hierarchy within an organization may vary, but generally, the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) have distinct roles. The CISO is primarily responsible for information security, while the CTO focuses on technology strategy and innovation. In some organizations, the CISO and CTO may report to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) or hold equivalent positions. 

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