The official Cyber Security & Governance Certification Program courseware is provided to training partners worldwide. All courseware is developed by the SECO-Institute’s courseware development team. The team consists of subject matter experts, didactic specialists and visual designers. The courseware is regularly updated; hence we release an updated version of the courseware every year.

Courses are developed at three different levels:

  • Foundation course (aimed at enhancing awareness, normally 2 days)
  • Practitioner course (aimed at developing practical skills, normally 5 days)
  • Expert course (aimed at developing management skills, 10 to 15 days)

At SECO-Institute, we don’t believe in thick books. We develop our courseware with a view to the practical and apt application of all relevant knowledge. The courseware is delivered in what we call a “tablet version” and a “notes version”.
The tablet version consists of slides. These slides are used by the trainer during the classes. They have the size of a tablet screen, so they perfectly fit laptop or tablet monitors.
The notes version consists of the same slides with explanatory notes under the slides to provide students with a more thorough explanation of what is displayed on the slides. This version is an A4 (Letter) version you can print on paper.


Structure of a course:


All of our courses have the same structure. We start with a series of “Introduction slides”. These slides offer general information about the course, such as learning objectives, a description of the course modules, a short description of our fictitious company Bicsma used for practical assignments, and information about the exam and your certification.


After the Introduction, the course starts with Module 1. Each course module covers a 3.5-hour lesson on average. Each module starts with outlining the learning objectives and most modules end with a “Goody Bag”, a slide containing useful links, literature, or other important information related to the topic.


We have three types of exercises:

  • Short practical exercises embedded in the course material
  • Case studies included in the Workbook (together with their elaborations)
  • Technical assignments to be performed in our online lab environment

All exercises are built on Bicsma, a fictitious company created by the SECO-Institute.
Bicsma, as a manufacturer of drinks and fruit juices, provides a realistic simulated company environment for students to apply the newly acquired knowledge to real-life situations.

All courses come with a sample exam and a syllabus. These can be downloaded at the SECO-Institute’s website but they are also included in the courseware. The syllabus enables you to see the exact exam topics and the complexity of the related learning objectives (described in Bloom levels). Foundation courses are typically at Bloom level 1 (knowledge) and 2 (comprehension), Practitioner courses at Bloom level 3 (application), and Expert courses at Bloom level 4 (analysis).


Instructors’ guide

All courses come with an extended instructors’ guide. The guide contains:

  • The course and module description indicating the learning objectives, Bloom levels and the required prior knowledge
  • An overview of the required literature (slide decks, books)
  • A detailed course day planning indicating the approximate time frame for each section, the main topics to be covered in that section, and recommendations relating to the exercises
  • Learning activities to enable instructors to mix instructional methods

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