bcs foundation certificate in information security management principles


Get Ahead
in Data Protection

with the BCS Foundation Certificate in Information Security Management Principles

Are you looking to learn more about Information Security? Do you want a leading UK qualification to cement your knowledge of risk management, security standards, and the relevant legislation?

If so, then take this course. You’ll understand the key principles behind keeping data safe, and will be able to apply this new knowledge in your day-to-day work.

The demand for information security professionals continues to rise as our lives grow more digital, and data protection professionals undertaking roles such as Data Protection Officer are being turned to more frequently for security-related advice. This course will cover legal guidance and practical topics to help you confidently tackle these questions going forward – and will add value and credibility to your CV.

This course is non-technical, so provides a thorough and accessible approach to information security, perfect for those new to the cyber industry or wanting to provide assurance that their organisation is fully compliant. The course is also interactive, so you will be encouraged to ask questions throughout, and can share your real-world experiences with other attendees, discussing issues and ideas to help them within their role.

When you train with us at DPAS, you’ll get more than just the training. We’ll provide you with free policies, templates, and tools after the course has concluded, as well as a BCS associate membership for one year. We will also supply you with the relevant resources to help you throughout, alongside the BCS Information Management Security Principles book that will be sent to you ahead of the course.

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Learning Outcomes

Hold a recognised qualification in information security principles.

Be familiar with information security principles and other relevant topics.

Understand how to implement internal information security management principles to help keep data secure.

Know how to prepare clear advice to colleagues as well as the public.

What's Included?

We’ll provide you with one of our highly skilled live trainers for the duration of the course. These experts currently work as DPOs or consultants, so can train you using real examples from their experience in the industry, ensuring the course is practical and reliable. 

We will send you a copy of the paperback BCS Information Security Management Principles book released in January 2021, sent to your preferred postal address prior to the course. We also provide you with a 12 month BCS Associate membership. 

At DPAS we’re conscious of our environmental impact. We therefore provide you with all the relevant reading materials, sample papers and courseware, online, prior to the course. This way, you can download and reuse these whenever you want.  

We don’t just deliver courses, and leave you to it. We provide you access to our online portal – which contains dozens of useful tools, templates, audits, policies, and more – all available for you to use within your organisation.  

Though our courses are virtual, you’ll still be fully involved by participating in breakout sessions, asking questions, and sharing your experiences. You can receive valuable advice from peers in the industry, network with other delegates, and make worthwhile connections.  

Our trainers are here to help you. We will provide you with mentor support for one month after the course, to assist with any queries or issues you may have.  

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who should take this course?

This qualification requires no prior understanding or experience of information security principles, meaning it’s fully accessible to anyone new to the subject. It aims to provide a firm foundation on which other related qualifications can be built. Alternatively, this qualification can be used to provide a thorough general understanding to enable organisations to begin ensuring their information is protected appropriately.

This qualification is likely to particular benefit those working in:

Exam Information

The DPAS Training Manager will set you up on the dedicated BCS portal which is where you will book your exam. To access this you will be sent a one time link to the portal to book your exam. 

You can take your exam at any time that suits you, there is no time limit on when you sit the exam. However, you will need to ensure that you are following the updated syllabus if you take it 6 months after the course. 

The exam itself is held via remote proctor (essentially, someone watches you complete the exam). You can do this at any location convenient to you. You will use your own device for the exam. The exam is a 1-hour closed book exam. The pass rate is 65/100 (65%).  

If you have a disability or English is not your first language you may be entitled to extra time, further information can be found here.  

useful course information

All of our courses are held virtually (unless otherwise stated).

All our courses are tutor-led by experienced data protection professionals.

You will need access to Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) throughout the course.

All courses will commence at 9:00am and will finish at 4:00pm.

Breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. (If you need to attend a meeting during the day, please discuss this with the trainer so they can tie this into allocated breaks.)

You will be sent a link – via email  to the Microsoft Teams meeting two to three weeks prior to the course. (Please ensure that you are able to access this before the course commences.)

All courses have a maximum of 12 delegates.

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With a DPAS course, you’re guaranteed an expert trainer, who is not only well known in the industry, but has years of hands-on data protection experience under their belt.

Our training programmes are internationally recognised and accredited by either The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) or Continual Professional Development (CPD) Scheme. An accredited course will look better on your CV. 

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When you train with us, you receive access to free tools, templates, policies, and more – which you can use in your organisation. We also offer one month of support after the courses to ensure your questions are answered and that you’re confident going forward.

If you want us to train your staff virtually we can! Alternatively, if you’d prefer a more interactive approach, we can come to your place of work. We will always try and fit in with you and will be more than happy to discuss options.

We can offer bespoke training created for your organisation. For example, we can simulate a cyber attack for your Senior Managers to see how they would react to a real life threat, best preparing them for those situations should they ever arise.