Become a SECO certified CISO

Information Security is where it all started for SECO. It’s our flagship curriculum that laid the foundation for where we are today. With certifications ranging from Foundation to CISO, we offer the most complete certification track for your career. Start with a foundation certification and work your way up to a strategic CISO. Together with our certifications, we offer corresponding information security courses and exams.

Information Security Certifications

Entry level

Information Security
– S-ISF title

For anyone who has a fundamental understanding of information security and information security management. Entry level information security professionals.

Advanced level

Information Security
– S-ISP title

For those looking to build a career in information security and work as information security officer or security manager.

Expert level

Information Security
Management Expert
– S-ISME title

For experienced information security professionals looking to lead security in a CISO- or similar role. Information security managers, information security officers, senior security consultants.

Expert level

Information Security
– S-CISO title

For anyone able to demonstrate practitioner-level knowledge (SECO Expert certificate or equivalent) and at least 3 years of relevant work experience.

Your career path to becomming a CISO

You want to become a CISO but where to start? Depending on your level of expertise you may need to study a bit more before claiming the S-CISO certification title.

Step 1: Join our (S)ECO-System

Register a free student account on our member website (Your training institute will provide more information).
As a registered SECO-student, you will have the opportunity to access valuable extras and ask questions of certified professionals.

Also join our LinkedIn company page. On a daily base we inform you with new courses, interesting articles and much more.

Step 2: Start your course

Step 3: Book your exam

You can book your certification exam with an accredited SECO-partner or directly with the SECO-Institute. Our online examination system allows you to take exams from the convenience of your home or office, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

The SECO-Institute delivers 3 types of certification exams:

  • Foundation exams:
    Foundation exams consist of 40 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have 1 hour to complete the exam. The pass mark is 60%.
  • Practitioner exams:
    Practitioner exams consist of multiple-choice questions, short open-ended questions and a case study. Candidates have 2 hours to complete the exam. The pass mark is 60%.
  • Expert exams:
    Expert exams consist of multiple-choice questions, short open-ended questions and a case study. Candidates have 3 hours to complete the exam. The pass mark is 60%.

Step 4: Claim your certification title and become a SECO member

Upon successful completion of your exam, you will receive a certificate. In the possession of a SECO-certificate, you can apply for a SECO certification title and digital badge (S-ISF, S-ISP, S-ISME, S-CISO).

If you apply for your certification title you will become a SECO-Institute member.  As a SECO Member, we provide you with networking opportunities and safeguards the value of our certifications by encouraging and stimulating continuing professional development. By becoming a member of our (S)ECO-system and using a SECO title, you demonstrate to employers and fellow professionals that your competence is up to date.

Step 5: Share your knowledge

The (S)ECO-System offers an extensive pool of knowledge and expertise. Our community is a network of worldwide members, certified trainers, course developers and top-level industry experts. We encourage our members to share their knowledge among other members and students by actively joining discussion groups, sharing knowledge through articles & white papers and become a buddy for professionals who seek to enter the career field.