ISACA - Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification



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Isaca CISM

This accelerated CISM certification course is designed to get you a Certified Information Security Manager qualification much faster than traditional courses. Our CISM training teaches you how to manage, design, oversee and assess enterprise information security in just 4 days.

The CISM certification proves your knowledge of information security programmes and their role within business goals and objectives. Through Firebrand's unique Lecture | Lab | Review method, you'll go through the four ISACA CISM domains:

  • Information Security Governance
  • Information Risk Management and Compliance
  • Information Security Program Development and Management
  • Information Security Incident Management

ISACA Accredited Training Organisation (ATO)

Firebrand is an ISACA Accredited Training Organisation (ATO). This means you'll get access to official ISACA courseware and will sit your CISM exam during your accelerated course.

Firebrand is a premier ISACA partner for EMEA and the US. No other partner in these regions trains more students.

Residential or Online CISM course

Firebrand offers both a classroom-based and CISM online course, including everything you need to get certified in record time:

  • Official courseware, labs and practice exams
  • CISM certification exam
  • Accommodation, meals and snacks (for residential courses)

In this day and age, you get to choose the best one for your needs, and get your certification faster than anywhere else.


If you're a network achitect, information security manager, or have information security management responsibilities, this accelerated CISM course is ideal for you.

Seven reasons why you should take your CISM with Firebrand Training

  1. You’ll be CISM certified in just 4 days. With us, you’ll be CISM trained in record time
  2. Our CISM course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, accommodation and meals
  3. Pass CISM first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We're sure you'll pass your CISM course first time. But if you don’t, come back within a year, and only pay for accommodation and exams. Everything else is free
  4. You’ll learn more CISM. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get up to 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  5. You’ll learn CISM faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  6. You’ll be studying CISM with the best. We have won the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) "Training Company of the Year" a record three times. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 134561 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  7. You'll do more than study CISM courseware. We use labs, case studies and practice tests to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging


Professional certification gives you and your organisation a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Although certification may not be mandatory for you at this time, a growing number of organisations are requiring or recommending that employees become certified. To help ensure success in the global marketplace, it is vital to select a certification program based on universally accepted information security management practices. CISM delivers such a program.

Benefits of CISM Certification

  • Recognition of attainment of advanced job skills for the information security professional
  • Worldwide recognition as a competent information security manager
  • Opportunity to build upon existing certifications/credentials already earned
  • Tangible evidence of career growth
  • Potential for a salary increase and/or promotion

Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study


What is a CISM boot camp?

Firebrand's CISM course (sometimes referred to as a CISM Boot Camp) is an accelerated 4-day course that will prepare you for the CISM exam, which you'll sit during the training. This course is all-inclusive, a one-off fee covers all official course materials, accommodation and meals.

Accelerated training is fast, but this is not a crash course - you'll learn from a real-world security expert and study everything you need to know to pass the exam.

Where can I find CISM exam questions?

Claim your free CISM Foundation practice exam questions now. You'll also get access to official practice exam questions on your accelerated course.

What is the CISM certification cost?

To find out the cost of this accelerated CISM course and others, visit our prices page.

CISM vs CISSP certification

Both certifications are vendor-neutral, advanced programmes in IT security. Despite many similarities, however, they are complementary instead of in direct competition to each other. Here's what CISM and CISSP have in common:

  • Vendor-neutral
  • Require 5 years of experience in information security management
  • Maintenance requires completion of continuing education

Perhaps the main difference is that CISM is more holistic and management-focused, where CISSP has a more technical approach.


You'll become an expert across the four CISM domains:

  • Domain 1 - Information Security Governance (24%)
  • Domain 2 - Information Risk Management and Compliance (33%)
  • Domain 3 - Information Security Program Development and Management (25%)
  • Domain 4 - Information Security Incident Management (18%)

Exam Track

You'll sit the following exam at the Firebrand Training Centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

  • CISM Exam
    • Duration: 4 hours
    • Number of questions: 150 multiple choice
    • Languages: English, Chinese Simplified, Japanese, Korean and Spanish

The CISM exam tests knowledge in the following domains:

  • Domain 1 - Information Security Governance (24%)
  • Domain 2 - Information Risk Management (30%)
  • Domain 3 - Information Security Program Development and Management (27%)
  • Domain 4 - Information Security Incident Management (19%)

What's Included

On this accelerated CISM course, you'll get official ISACA Student Kits which include:

  • Certification Review Manual
  • 12 month access to official ISACA Resources including ISACA Exam Practice Questions, Answers and Explanations
  • Course materials

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


CISM requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for attending the CISM course and sitting the exam. In fact, this is a practice accepted and encouraged by ISACA.

Achieving the CISM Certification

In order to become CISM certified, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Pass the CISM exam
  2. Adhere to ISACA's Code of Professional Ethics
  3. Agree to comply with the Continuing Education Policy
  4. Accumulate enough work experience in the field of information security.
  5. Submit an Application for CISM Certification within 5 years of passing the exam - see below

Submitting an Application for CISM Certification

The CISM certification is built for information security professionals, managers and other assurance providers. In order to be eligible, you must be able to submit verified evidence of a minimum of five years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work experience in three or more of the job practise analysis areas. The work experience must be gained within the 10-year period preceding the application date for certification or within 5 years from the date of originally passing the exam.

CISM experience requirements substitution

The following security-related certifications and information systems management experience can be used to satisfy the indicated amount of information security work experience.

Two Years:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) in good standing
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) in good standing
  • Post-graduate degree in information security or a related field (e.g., business administration, information systems, information assurance)

One Year:

  • One full year of information systems management experience
  • One full year of general security management experience
  • Skill-based security certifications (e.g., SANS or GIAC, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), CompTIA Security +, Disaster, Recovery Institute Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), ESL IT Security Manager)
  • Completion of an information security management program at an institution aligned with the Model Curriculum

The experience substitutions will not satisfy any portion of the 3-year information security management work experience requirement.

Experience Exceptions

Two years as a full-time university instructor teaching the management of information security can be substituted for every 1 year of information security experience.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


Here's the Firebrand Training review section. Since 2001 we've trained exactly 134561 students and asked them all to review our Accelerated Learning. Currently, 96.35% have said Firebrand exceeded their expectations.

Read reviews from recent accelerated courses below or visit Firebrand Stories for written and video interviews from our alumni.

"CISM is a good course, covering key subjects in the domain of information security."
Karl Hertz. (12/2/2024 (Monday) to 15/2/2024 (Thursday))

"Thoroughly enjoyable, relaxed and professional."
Rob Taylor, Digital 4 IR Ltd. (5/12/2023 (Tuesday) to 8/12/2023 (Friday))

"Thorough training with real life examples."
RG. (10/10/2023 (Tuesday) to 13/10/2023 (Friday))

"Great Training Provider, very professional and highly skilled trainer. Effective and efficient approach, with added value. Thank you for this awesome experience."
Y.J.V., NATO. (14/5/2018 (Monday) to 17/5/2018 (Thursday))

"Participating in the four-day CISM boot camp was an exhilarating and enriching experience, and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity. Throughout the course, I was continuously impressed by our instructor's dedication and expertise. His commitment to delivering comprehensive and engaging sessions truly facilitated my learning journey. One aspect that stood out to me was the support and encouragement the trainer and fellow participants provided. As a result of the bootcamp, I was confident and well-prepared to tackle the challenges of the CISM exam, and was able to achieve the certification. The skills and insights gained over the four days have undoubtedly equipped me with the tools needed to excel in my professional endeavors. Thank you to the entire team for a truly exceptional experience!"
Kata Malya. (18/3/2024 (Monday) to 21/3/2024 (Thursday))

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