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The CISO Training Program aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, and e-competencies of Information Technology or Information Security professionals to prepare them for the role of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). The program targets individuals at e-CF levels 4 and 5 and EQF levels 7 and 8. Its main objective is to provide professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to independently manage and lead organizations and teams in the field of Cybersecurity Management.  

Target group:

The program targets individuals at e-CF levels 4 and 5 and EQF levels 7 and 8.

  • Objective 1:

    he program seeks to create a specialized and well-trained human resource in the cybersecurity sector. These professionals will be the driving force behind business development in the rapidly transforming and highly competitive business environment expected in the coming years.

  • Objective 2

    The training program aims to equip all participants with the required knowledge, skills, and competences that directly align with market needs. Additionally, the program aims to enhance their mobility within the European Union labor market and address the existing cybersecurity skills gap.

  • Objective 3

    The program focuses on providing participants with the technical knowledge, skills, and competences necessary to define, maintain, and communicate the cybersecurity vision, strategy, policies, and procedures within an organization. Participants will also learn about managing the implementation of cybersecurity policies and ensuring information exchange with external authorities and professional bodies.

  • Objective 4

    The program aims to reskill Information Technology and Information Security professionals to meet the market demand for cybersecurity professionals. By aligning their skills with the evolving market needs, participants will enhance their career prospects and contribute to addressing the growing demand for cybersecurity expertise.

  • LM0: Introduction

    This module provides an overview of the Cyber Incident Responder training, introducing participants to the course content, objectives, and the Cyber Incident Responder profile. Trainees also gain insights into the market demand for Cyber Incident Responders.

  • LM1: Risk Management

    Participants will learn about Cyber Security Risk Management, including the process of conducting risk assessments and evaluating potential risks.

  • LM2: Security Strategy and Governance

    This module covers Information Security Governance, laws, and regulations related to cybersecurity. Participants will also learn about creating cybersecurity policies and establishing effective strategies, objectives, and governance structures

  • LM3: Incident Management

    Participants will gain an understanding of Incident Management, including terms, definitions, processes, and standards. They will learn how to set up a team, respond to incidents, and report them appropriately.

  • LM4: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

    This module introduces participants to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery concepts. They will learn how to derive strategies and plans to ensure business continuity in the face of potential disruptions.

  • LM5: Enterprise Architecture and Infrastructure Design

    Enterprise Architecture and Security by Design principles are covered in this module. Participants will learn how to design secure infrastructures and continuously advance their security measures.

  • LM6: Audit & Information Security Controls Assessment

    This module provides an introduction to Security Audit and Assessment. Participants will learn how to conduct security audits and assessments to identify vulnerabilities and ensure compliance with security standards.

Sara Ricci
Sara Ricci

Sara Ricci is a postdoctoral researcher at Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. She accomplished her M.Sc. degree in Mathematics at University of Pisa, Italy in 2015 and her Ph.D. studies in Computer Engineering and Mathematics Security at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain in 2018. Her research interests are theoretical cryptography, in particular lattice-based and elliptic curve cryptography, and data privacy and security. She is also focused on the design of new privacy-preserving cryptographic protocols and their security analyses.

– Brno University of Technology
Argiro Chatzopoulou
Argiro Chatzopoulou

Experienced Implementor, Lead Auditor and Trainer with a demonstrated history of working in the services industry. Skilled in different kinds of audits including ISO 27001, Information Systems, IT Service Management, Privacy, Quality and Business Continuity. Ms. Chatzopoulou is a person with strong communication and management skills honed through conducting more than 1500 audits, delivering more than 500 training courses and managing teams nationally or internationally.

Ramon Martin De Pozuelo Genis
Ramon Martin De Pozuelo Genis

Dr. Ramon Martin de Pozuelo received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering and Ph.D. degree in ICT and its Management (all with honors) by La Salle School of Engineering from Universitat Ramon Llull (URL), Barcelona, Spain. As a researcher in La Salle he participated in several European research and innovation projects related to different fields, especially in the design of heterogeneous data networks, information management and cybersecurity systems for Smart Grids and Smart Cities. In 2018 he joined Caixabank as a Project Manager for Security Innovation and Transformation in which he has been managing the participation of CaixaBank in several H2020 and Horizon Europe projects. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

– Caixabank
Mario Maawad Marcos
Mario Maawad Marcos

Mario Maawad Marcos has been working in IT field for over 20 years, including the last 20 years in Digital Security. He has been working at CaixaBank back since 2004, the first bank in Spain, as the Director of Security Innovation, Transformation & Red Team. Mario received a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona in 1997 and a JD in Law, from the Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona in 2010. He also received a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Banking from the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona in 2009. He is a member and has participated actively creating and managing initiatives within the European Payments Council (EPC), Forum of Internet & Response Teams (FIRST), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) among others.

– Caixabank
Apostolos Karras
Apostolos Karras

Experienced Consultant, Lead Auditor and Instructor. An IT professional with a strong background in informatics and information security and computer forensics (MSc.) Skilled in ISO 27001, ISO 22301, IT Audits, Privacy Audits, Quality Management, and IT Service Management.

– Apiroplus
Simas Grigonis
Simas Grigonis

Dr. Simas Grigonis is a lecturer at the Institute of International and European Union Law of Mykolas Romeris University. He specialises in European Union constitutional law, internal market freedoms, data protection law and European Union external relations law. He is also a practicing lawyer who represents the interests of the Lithuanian Government before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

– Mykolas Romeris University
Edmundas Piesarkas
Edmundas Piesarkas

Over 20 years worked as management consultant with different sectors. During the past 10 years a lot of attention was given to cybersecurity. Joined many European projects as an expert in fields like skills development, innovation up-take, hybrid threats and other cybersecurity aspects. Active member of current ENISA ad-hock working group on Cybersecurity Skills Framework as well as the initial group, that developed ECSF

– UAB Ekonominės konsultacijos ir tyrimai
Yianna Danidou
Yianna Danidou

Yianna is an Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity at the European University Cyprus (EUC). She has long teaching experience in Cybersecurity and Computer Science related topics, and along with academic teaching, she has been engaged in research, and particularly EU funded research programs through CERIDES, where she is a Research Associate for the last 7 years. Recently, CYBER.EUC cybersecurity competence center has been established and she serves as the director.

– European University Cyprus
Apostolos Noulis
Apostolos Noulis

PhD in Chemical Processes, with 10 years of industrial experience. Senior lead Auditor of Management Systems at LRQA for 27 years and trainer for 25 years in management systems. Authorized IRCA seminar tutor in the above management systems since 2002. Lead verifier on environmental systems/schemes, air emissions in industries and shipping.