Become a SECO certified IT-Security Officer (S-CITSO)
At the SECO-Institute, we are aware of the growing worldwide need for competent, well-qualified security leaders and specialists. We satisfy this need by developing training programs that enable professionals like you to gain the skill set of an IT-Security Manager.
We offer the most complete certification track for your career, our learning path enables you to develop from Foundation level all the way up to Certified IT-Security Officer level (CITSO). With a SECO- S-CITSO certification, you will be recognised as a as a qualified Security Manager, and you will set yourself on a path of career success and continuous professional development.
For officials who need to engage with technicians in their work; network or system administrators with ambitions to start a career in IT security, and aspiring information security professionals that lack technical security knowledge.
For security administrators, analysts, architects, auditors, consultants, or others looking to transition to an IT security management role.
Data Protection Expert
For practitioner-level professionals who aspire to become an IT-Security Expert. In this track, the student can choose a specialisation. For example: SOC manager or IT-Security Manager.
For anyone able to demonstrate Expert-level knowledge (SECO Expert certificate or equivalent) and at least 3 years of relevant work experience such as an IT-Security manager or a specialisation like SOC Manager.
Your career path to becoming a IT-Security Officer
You want to become a CITSO but where to start? Depending on your level of expertise you may need to study a bit more before claiming the S-CITSO 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-ITSF, S-ITSP, S-ITSE, S-ITSO).
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.