EXIN Information Security Officer

The Information Security Officer certification provides the right knowledge and competences for those who are aiming to become or already are an Information Security Officer. When you are certified by EXIN as an Information Security Officer you are extensively tested not only on Information Security Management requirements (based on the ISO/IEC 27001 standard), but also on new requirements such as Data Protection and Blockchain.


The global shortage of information security professionals makes the field of information security one with huge career potential for the future. Due to the increase in security issues that are rising in line with the digitalization of products and services, it’s unlikely that this shortage will end anytime soon. In fact:

Burning Glass found the number of cybersecurity job postings has grown 94% in just six years. By comparison, the number of IT jobs, in general, has grown about 30%. That’s a 300% increase in demand compared to the overall IT job market. Cybersecurity jobs now account for 13% of all information technology jobs. (IBM)

Anyone who decides to create a career for themselves in the IT security sector is set to be part of a fast-growing domain. Within IT, security is the area where the most money has been spent over the past few years and this trend is set to continue:

Worldwide spending on security products and services will enjoy solid growth over the next five years as organizations continue to invest in solutions to meet a wide range of security threats and requirements. (IDC)

To give candidates a good, solid understanding to build on, the Certified Information Security Officer certification starts with the foundation module of the Information Security Management program plus one more EXIN Foundation certification. Candidates can choose from 3 different EXIN modules related to security.

The last certification is the specialist level Information Security Management certification that includes practical assignments so that candidates get to experience what is asked of an ISO  and to test their skills before putting them into practice in real-life situations.

EXIN Information Security Officer is ideal for professionals aspiring to become an Information Security Officer. This makes it ideal for professionals who have made a start in data privacy or information security but would like more support and direction in their career development. As the certifications can be taken one by one, professionals can work towards becoming an EXIN Information Security Officer over a longer period of time. It is especially well suited to professionals who already have one of the certifications required as they then only have to attain the other certifications in the career path to receive the EXIN Information Security Officer certification.