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The Certified Cyber Risk Specialist (CCRS) course equips students with a comprehensive understanding of cyber risk management. The syllabus assumes a non-technical student and covers a range of topics from identification of cyber risks through to risk management options. The course has been designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence they require in order to protect the digital assets of their organisation and support the efforts of, or lead the implementation of a cyber risk framework.  Participants will gain the understanding needed to mitigate risk and support ongoing change, innovation and digital transformation in their business.


The course and certification is completely aligned with the CCRO (Certified Cyber Risk Officer) course syllabus.  The main difference is this course is fully online with all materials available 24/7 for a 90 day period with an expected time commitment of 4-5 hours per week.  There are no live ILT (Instructor Led Training) sessions or assignments on the CCRS course. Students learn at their own pace over the 90 day period and complete online exams at the end of each module. On successful completion of the course, certification is awarded by the board of the ICTTF International Cyber Threat Task Force and accredited by the ICA International Compliance Association.

Course Content

This course takes you on a journey and commences with how to analyse the inherent cyber risk of your organisation. That includes areas such as:

  • Organisational Characteristics
  • Governance Structure
  • Technology Structure and Systems
  • Product / Service Delivery Channels
  • External Cyber Threats


From this you progress to gain an understanding of the current cyber risk status of the organisation holistically by exploring key control areas such as:

  • Cyber Risk Management and Oversight
  • Cyber Incident Management and Resilience
  • Cybersecurity Controls
  • Threat Intelligence and Collaboration
  • External Dependency – Vendor / Partner Risk


There is a focus on CRQ (Cyber Risk Quantification), meaningful metrics, and how to support and develop a cyber strategy that verifies your ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) program and business strategy.  Security standards, legal and compliance requirements are addressed throughout the course material.  By the end of the course you will have gained the appropriate knowledge to build, implement or support a risk management framework for your organisation.

Who is it aimed at?

The course syllabus has been specifically designed for business leaders and employees of various disciplines within an organisation. The key stakeholders in designing, implementing or supporting the cyber risk management of an organisation should participate. Key cyber risk management stakeholders include:

  • C-Suite
  • Head of IT/Security
  • CCO Chief Compliance Officer
  • Cyber Security/Risk/Compliance Teams
  • Legal
  • Procurement
  • Head of Business Units
  • Technology Leaders / Project Managers
  • Management Professionals / Team Leaders
  • Digital Consultants

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Candidates will be eligible for part-funded fees providing they are working in private or commercial semi state organisations registered in the Republic of Ireland.