Vasyl Soloshchuk
2 July 2020

Security Certifications for Fintech Pros

It’s difficult to imagine a CTO who doesn’t deal with security at the company at all. As a technical leader, a CTO is often an evangelist of security solutions and a driver of implementing new security practices. Currently, the role of cybersecurity skills and team competencies is on the rise with the massive transition to the work-from-home regime. The unemployment rate and crime situation also contribute to the need to polish the knowledge and skills about how to make an organization secure.

With the situation we have today, it’s important to make decisions to strengthen the IT perimeter and cybersecurity of a Fintech company. To make these decisions truly effective, you need to do these things:

  •     Develop a high-level cybersecurity perspective with a special focus on relevance and up-to-date situations.
  •     Calculate risks and approve a budget to cope with them.
  •     Find a cybersecurity leader for your team or become this leader yourself.

The following online and offline courses and certifications we have collected will help cover different needs of different CTOs regarding cybersecurity and relentless organization operation.

Global Knowledge bannerCybersecurity Foundations by Global Knowledge


For: Individuals and private groups (teams)

Duration: From 33 hours to 3 months, depending on the course delivery format; the live classroom session is five days

The Cybersecurity Foundations course by Global Knowledge gives students a global perspective of the challenges of designing a secure system, touching on all the cyber roles needed to provide a cohesive security solution. Through lectures, labs, and breakout discussion groups, students learn about current threat trends across the internet and their impact on organizational security. Also, if you’re up to date with the current cybersecurity situation, Global Knowledge provides live webinars where cybersecurity professionals discuss trends and new threats.

The course is a contained lab environment where students can work with live viruses, including botnets, worms, and trojans.

The course is flexible, and you can choose the option that meets your needs best. Based on the contents of the course, the duration can vary from 33 hours to 3 months of comprehensive work. Find more details about delivery formats and the curriculum from the official website of the course.

Pricing: $795–$3,395, depending on the course delivery format.


Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Executives


For: Applicants are supposed to have intermediate knowledge of information systems and systems security

Duration: 2 days

This course provides executive leadership with a high-level overview of various aspects of cybersecurity in the context of a modern and internet-connected environment. Through lectures, demonstrations, and group discussions, students gain a foundational perspective on the challenges of designing a cybersecurity program, implementing secure systems, and other factors needed for a comprehensive cybersecurity solution.

The course consists of nine modules that include definitions, laws, policies, ethics, and cyber operations planning as well as many other topics that are essential to see the real picture and make wise decisions on cybersecurity. More specifically, it involves the following points:

  •     Why cybersecurity is important
  •     Key cyber risk management concepts
  •     Types of attacks
  •     Critical definitions
  •     Evaluating and managing specific cyber risks
  •     Incident response procedures
  •     Situational awareness of cyber threats

Pricing: Classroom course costs $1,700, live remote course costs $1,500

NobleProg bannerFundamentals of Corporate Cyber Warfare Training Course


For: Cybersecurity specialists, system administrators, cybersecurity managers, cybersecurity auditors, CIOs

Duration: 14 hours (2 days including breaks)

This Nobleprog course enables us to get a deep dive into what happens behind the scenes when it comes to IT systems. It covers many interesting and useful topics such as corporate espionage and sabotage, nonstandard approaches to breaching systems, compromising without breaching systems, AI in cyber-warfare, and so on. The curriculum is divided into the following modules:

  •     Different aspects of enterprise security
  •     Companies are more vulnerable to cyber warfare than governments
  •     Beyond traditional enterprise security
  •     How AI will be used to launch the next cyberattack on your company
  •     Attack patterns
  •     Beyond dumb bots—intelligent bots
  •     Building comprehensive AI response systems
  •     The future of corporate cybersecurity in a world of AI, big data, and cyber-warfare

Heavy emphasis is placed on hands-on practice. Most of the concepts are learned through samples, exercises, and hands-on development. It can also be delivered on your premises if preferred.

Pricing: $3,200 for a remote course, $4,000 for an onsite course.