IT-Security Certification Track

IT-Security Certification Track

Your learning path to becoming a Certified IT Security Officer

Our IT-Security Certification Track is a four-level certification program tailored for those who aspire to start a career in IT security and advance to a high-level IT security role.

The program was developed by experienced and committed IT security managers and cybersecurity advisors. The certification levels address the knowledge and hands-on skills you need to possess in order to become a successful IT security professional who is able to overcome today’s risks and anticipate tomorrow’s threats.

As you evolve through the certification levels, you will learn to master all aspects of technological information security, and you will earn the competence-based credentials that enable you to build a thriving security career.

Certification levels

From Foundation to Expert, each certification level comprises a practice-oriented training course and a certification exam.

Each certification exam tests the knowledge and industry-established competencies covered in the corresponding course.

Attending a course is not a prerequisite for taking a certification exam.

IT-Security Foundation


IT Security Foundation is an entry-level course designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects of information security. Following this course, you will understand fundamental information technology and security concepts, and you will gain a practical overview of IT infrastructure components, vulnerabilities and protections.

By earning a SECO-IT Security Foundation certificate, you demonstrate a high level of security awareness and a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of network, system, software and cloud security.

IT-Security Practitioner

IT Security Practitioner prepares you for the implementation of IT security principles. In this course, you obtain an advanced understanding of incident management, network, system and application security, encryption, identity & access management and ethical hacking. The course is rich with hands-on assignments that ready you for performing an IT Security Manager’s tasks.

A SECO-IT Security Practitioner (S-ITSP) certificate validates your ability to understand and apply security design principles, analyse potential security threats, implement incident management best practices, design a security architecture, draft a patch management policy, and much more.

IT-Security Expert

IT Security Expert was developed for experienced IT security professionals with ambitions to become a Security Operations Centre (SOC) Analyst. The course equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to assume responsibility for threat detection, analysis and response, and improve your organisation’s overall security posture.

A SECO-IT Security Expert (S-ITSE) certificate attests that you have in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of a Security Operations Centre, and that you can effectively anticipate, detect and contain IT security threats.


Certified IT Security Officer is a step above IT Security Expert. In addition to an excellent understanding of IT security principles and practices, SECO-Certified IT Security Officers (S-CITSO title holders) must demonstrate the ability to design, implement and manage a secure IT infrastructure. To qualify for a Certified IT Security Officer certificate, you need to have expert knowledge of IT security and at least three years of work experience in an IT security role.

If you already have a high-level professional certificate and the required work experience, and you would like to enhance your profile with an internationally recognised credential, you can apply for your S-CITSO title here:  [email protected]

The certificate will be awarded upon a thorough assessment of your CV and professional achievements. Professional achievements may include completed IT security projects, training activities and publications.

Practice environment


Bicsma is a fictive beverage manufacturer, a unique simulated company environment created by the SECO-Institute to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Bicsma allows us to put our stories in an authentic context, to challenge our students’ problem solving skills, and to enrich our material with appealing images. Bicsma has a website, an intranet, an IT-Security policy, a group of employees with little to no security awareness… and, most importantly, very diverse problems you can solve by employing your knowledge, talent and creativity.