Certification Programmes

MCSI Certification

MCL - Certified Cybersecurity Leader

This certification training prepares you for the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) role.

If you want to develop your leadership skills for high-level positions, then this course will advance your career.

Some of the topics covered include: recruiting and managing talent, personal brand management, business negotiations, budgeting and metrics.

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Intermediate Level MCSI Certification Intermediate
ic-certificate Certification
ic-clock 600+ hours
ic-money US$450
No Expiry, No Renewals


MCSI Certifications are world-class. The content is cutting-edge, uniquely-designed, hands-on and challenging. Our exercises teach in-demand skills that are immediately applicable in the field. MCSI's unique approach helps students around the world advance their careers.

This Certification has no expiry date. It has no renewal fees, no hidden fees, and is accessible with no time limits.

MCSI Certified Cybersecurity Leader:

  • Discover the type of CISO you want to be and how you will lead yourself
  • Obtain budgets to support crucial cybersecurity activities
  • Measure and report the success of your investments
  • Recruit top cybersecurity talent and manage their performance
  • Manage key stakeholders and demonstrate leadership is all the areas of your portfolio
  • Act as a leader when facing major cyber incidents
  • Plan and execute IT security transformation programmes


Training Modules

  • Fundational Knowledge and Concepts - 4 exercises
  • Governance Concepts - 3 exercises
  • Professional Ethics and Morals - 6 exercises
  • Measuring Cyber Security Investments and Performance using Metrics - 9 exercises
  • Budgeting for Cyber Security Investments - 12 exercises
  • Recruiting and Managing Talent - 18 exercises
  • Stakeholder Management - 10 exercises
  • Third Party Management - Under construction
  • Personal Brand Management - 13 exercises
  • Professional Writing - 1 exercises
  • Managing Major Incidents - 10 exercises
  • Business Negotiations - 10 exercises
  • Addressing Cultural Issues - Under construction
  • Product Evangelism - Under construction
  • Security Transformation - Under construction
  • Mentoring and Stewardship - Under construction
  • Case Studies - 3 exercises


  • Your First 30 Days As a New CISO - 8 exercises
  • Dark Risk Management - 7 exercises
  • Challenges with Metrics and Performance Management - 4 exercises
  • Team Management - 4 exercises
  • Stakeholder Management - 8 exercises

Sample Exercises

Under construction.

Enrolment and Fees


US$450 (+ GST if you're based in Australia).

Practical exercises must be completed online using MCSI's Online Learning Platform.

How to enrol

  1. Login/Register for MCSI's Online Learning Platform
  2. Select `Shop` from the left-side menu
  3. Find the MCL - Certified Cybersecurity Leader, select `Buy` and proceed through the checkout process. You can purchase using a Credit Card or PayPal
  4. Once you have enrolled in the MCL - Certified Cybersecurity Leader, the curriculum unlocks immediately
  5. In the left-side menu of the platform, select `Training & Education` then `MCSI Curriculums`, and you will see the MCL - Certified Cybersecurity Leader listed

Terms and Conditions

  • No discounts
  • No refunds
  • No transfers
  • No renewal fees
  • No hidden fees
  • No time limits

Cooling-Off Policy

Receive a full refund if you change your mind about a purchase within 24 hours. No questions asked.

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Student Testimonials

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Training Laptop Requirement

This course can be completed on a standard training laptop. Below are some specifications that guarantee you can complete this course with your machine:

  • 64-bit Intel i5/i7 2.0+ GHz processor or equivalent
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Ability to run at least (1) virtual machine using Virtual Box, or an equivalent virtualization software
  • Windows 10 or later, macOS 10 or later, or Linux
  • Local administrator privileges
Do you support older operating systems?

Yes. Many of the exercises can be completed on older OS versions. Several of our students are successfully using older equipment to learn cyber security.

Proficiency in the English language

Ability to comfortably read and understand IT documentation written in English. Ideally, an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent).

Note: You can register for this course without having undertaken an English test.

Professional Experience

We recommend that you have at least two (2) years of experience working in a large organization.

Note: 2 years of field experience is not sufficient to work as a CISO. However, it should have given you sufficient exposure to how organizations operate to commence aligning your career development goals with the CISO role.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MCSI Method™?

Common Questions

  • Are solutions included in certifications and bundles?
    • No. Our method of teaching cyber security consists of challenging you with real-world problem statements that you're expected to research and solve by doing your own research. This is how you'll be expected to work in the field. When you fail an exercise, we provide you with constructive feedback to improve and try again.
  • Do the videos provides the answers to exercises?
    • No. The videos teach concepts, mindset, methodologies, procedures and professional skills such as report writing, interviewing and preparing proposals.
  • Do bundles, training content, or certificates ever expire? Am I expected to buy again in the future?
    • Once purchased, bundles and certificates are unlocked forever. They are no recurring or ongoing fees.
  • Do I need to buy the training and the certification separately?
    • No. The price provided covers both. You only pay once.
  • Do you offer any special offers and discounts?
    • No.
  • If I can't solve the exercise where do I go for help?
  • Who reviews and marks exercises?
    • Trained cyber security instructors that work for Mossé Cyber Security Institute.
  • We can't pay via credit card. Can you raise an invoice for international wire payment instead?
    • Yes. Send us the list of bundles and certifications you want to purchase at [email protected]
  • Can I access a trial/demo the certification programmes prior to enrolling?
    • We provide a free curriculum with 82 practical exercises you can try.
    • The Free Curriculum teaches Security Tools, Penetration Testing, Red Teaming, Threat Hunting, Cyber Defence, GRC and Windows Internals.
    • Try the Free Curriculum
  • What is an `Unofficial Curriculum`?
    • An `Unofficial Curriculum` contains MCSI's practical exercises aligned to a non-MCSI Industry Certification syllabus.
    • We offer unofficial curriculums for the OSCP, ISACA CISA, ISACA CISM, ISACA CRISC, CCT ICE, CCSAS, CCT ACE.
  • Do you provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits?
    • Yes. Every single exercise offers CPE credits. The number of credits earned depends on the difficulty of the exercise completed. Below are the CPE Credits achieve for an exercise in each difficulty:
    • Novice exercises = 1 CPE credits
    • Advanced Beginner exercises = 2 CPE credits
    • Competent exercises = 5 CPE credits
    • Proficient exercises= 8 CPE credits
    • Beyond Proficient exercises = 16 CPE credits
  • Are MCSI courses/certifications recognized and have value outside of Australia?
    • Yes. MCSI certifications have value worldwide and are recognized by employers looking for individuals with practical cyber security skills.
    • MCSI's training is 100% practical with real cybersecurity problems designed to teach immediately applicable skills in the field. To solve our practical exercises, students must do their own research and develop their own solutions.
    • While completing exercises, students also develop their own comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio of skills. Individuals use this portfolio to demonstrate their cybersecurity competencies to solve real industry problems to future employers or hiring managers.
  • Do I need to complete an exam to receive MCSI Certification?
    • No. MCSI Certifications are completed by solving practical cybersecurity exercises.

Career Outcomes

This certification successfully prepares you for the following roles:

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Head of Information Security
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Training Curriculum and Certifications

Students unlock Certificates of Completion for every exercise they complete. Industry Certifications are unlocked upon achieving Skills Proficiency Milestones.




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After completing the MCSI Certified Cybersecurity Leader course you will be fully capable of:

  • Budgeting for cybersecurity investments
    • Calculating the Return on Security Investments (ROSI)
    • Identifying the key factors that inform cybersecurity budgets
    • Writing business cases
  • Measuring the effectiveness of cybersecurity investments
    • Quantitative and qualitative metric
    • Historical trends
    • Reporting to the Board of Directors
    • Properly articulating what metrics means
  • Recruiting and managing talent
    • Fostering a team culture
    • Developing interview questions
    • Creating Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
    • Drafting Position Descriptions
    • Constructing a doctrine that meet your recruitment goals
    • Mentoring teams members
    • Delegate responsibilities and tasks
    • Addressing and resolving cultural issues
  • Managing key stakeholders and third-party vendors
    • Stakeholder Analysis
    • Four Ways of Seeing Analysis
    • Rapport Building
    • Negotiation Tactics
    • Conversation Trees
    • Supervise Acquisition Programmes
  • Managing major cyber incidents
    • Technical Cause Analysis (TCA)
    • Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
    • Developing Incident Statements
    • Dimensioning Incidents
    • Reporting to the Board of Directors
    • Reporting to customers and the public
  • Developing and executing IT security transformation programmes

Why MCSI’s Cybersecurity Leadership Certification is World Class

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Comprehensive, Effective, Exceeds Standards

Students must completed 100 practical exercises relevant to the CISO role. Upon completion, they have demonstrated skills and knowledge required act as a CISO. This includes budgeting, measuring the effectiveness of investments, recruiting talent, and managing stakeholders. All of which are crucial to success in the field.

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Real Life Case Studies

Real-world case studies drive all the materials included in this course. Upon graduation, students have faced the best and worst case scenarios. They are ready for breaches, parliamentary inquiries, discovering fraud, and dark risk management. They are also prepared to manage toxic relationships.

why MCSI certifications


This course develops your leadership skills. It will get you to think critically about how you behave and handle difficult situations. You will create mental models, personal doctrines, ways of working, and a leadership style best suited to your personality.

MCSI students have submitted over 13,000 practical online exercises since December 2018.

Information Security Professionals made a median salary of $103,590 in 2020. Cybersecurity roles are regularly ranked #1 jobs in the United States.

Invest $450, and in 5 weeks, you will be ready to apply for jobs with a salary of $75,000 to $150,000 per year.
Why spend between $10,000 to $45,000 on tuition to only get theoretical courses and wait for 2 to 4 years for piece of paper?
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