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
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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 Writting - 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


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.

Career Outcomes

This certification successfully prepares you for the following roles:

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Head of Information Security
Certification Detail

Training Curriculum and Certifications

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




Obtain CPE points by solving exercises


Achieve multiple certifications


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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.

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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.


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