The Securing ICS: Becoming a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) course is designed to provide those at IT/operational level (or equivalent) with an understanding of today’s cyber security challenges facing their ICS environments. This knowledge is vital when managing the day to day running of all aspects of security for those environments.
The course will show how to combine the disciplines of IT, OT and Physical Security to show how to best support their organisations cyber security and risk mitigation/reduction strategies for their ICS environments. In addition, it will provide the knowledge level required to challenge the GICSP certificate.
If you are an IT, an operational or a physical security professional responsible for any ICS environment and/or people working on securing these systems including:
- Business Technical/Engineering/Procurement Lead
- ICS Policy Maker
- Site/Asset Single Point of Accountability (SPA) for security and/or Incident Response
- Site/Asset IT Manager
- ICS Consultant
…then this course is for you.
It provides an in-depth understanding across multiple industry sectors of what the current standards and regulations are, cyber security risks are and the threats currently facing your ICS environments. In addition, it discusses how to forward plan to help mitigate and reduce these risks. Lastly it discusses how to plan for and respond effectively to a cyber incident.
There are no pre-requisites for this course. However, all attendees need a good understanding of either basic IT or OT skills. A handbook of supporting material will be provided.
The course consists of five days (30 CPE credits) classroom training broken down into a mix of lectures, discussions and exercises.
By the end of the course, you will know:
- How to identify what current and emerging threats your ICS face
- Where your ICS environments are vulnerable
- What actions you need to take to secure your systems and help reduce the risk.
- How to prepare for and handle a security incident
- Prepare for challenging the GICSP exam
This course is a skilled level course that allows an attendee from either side (IT or OT) to have a base understanding of the ‘other side of the firewall’.
The course follows a whole lifecycle approach for designing, implementing, monitoring and decommissioning an ICS and covers the following modules:
- ICS Basics (for non-OT personnel)
- Cybersecurity Essentials (for ICS personnel)
- ICS Security Governance and security risk
- ICS Architecture
- ICS Hardening
- Access Management
- Physical Security
- ICS Security Assessments
- ICS Security Monitoring
- Incident Response
- GIAC GICSP Exam Preparation
Please note, whilst this course prepares for GIAC GICSP certification it does not include the examination itself. Candidates must purchase the exam directly with GIAC or SANS.
Cyber Security learning paths
Want to boost your career in cyber security? Click on the roles below to see QA's learning pathways, specially designed to give you the skills to succeed.
ICS & OT Security learning paths
Want to boost your career in ICS & OT Security? View QA's learning pathways below, specially designed to give you the skills to succeed.
Frequently asked questionsSee all of our FAQs
How can I create an account on myQA.com?
There are a number of ways to create an account. If you are a self-funder, simply select the "Create account" option on the login page.
If you have been booked onto a course by your company, you will receive a confirmation email. From this email, select "Sign into myQA" and you will be taken to the "Create account" page. Complete all of the details and select "Create account".
If you have the booking number you can also go here and select the "I have a booking number" option. Enter the booking reference and your surname. If the details match, you will be taken to the "Create account" page from where you can enter your details and confirm your account.
Find more answers to frequently asked questions in our FAQs: Bookings & Cancellations page.
How do QA’s virtual classroom courses work?
Our virtual classroom courses allow you to access award-winning classroom training, without leaving your home or office. Our learning professionals are specially trained on how to interact with remote attendees and our remote labs ensure all participants can take part in hands-on exercises wherever they are.
We use the WebEx video conferencing platform by Cisco. Before you book, check that you meet the WebEx system requirements and run a test meeting (more details in the link below) to ensure the software is compatible with your firewall settings. If it doesn’t work, try adjusting your settings or contact your IT department about permitting the website.
Learn more about our Virtual Classrooms.
How do QA’s online courses work?
QA online courses, also commonly known as distance learning courses or elearning courses, take the form of interactive software designed for individual learning, but you will also have access to full support from our subject-matter experts for the duration of your course. When you book a QA online learning course you will receive immediate access to it through our e-learning platform and you can start to learn straight away, from any compatible device. Access to the online learning platform is valid for one year from the booking date.
All courses are built around case studies and presented in an engaging format, which includes storytelling elements, video, audio and humour. Every case study is supported by sample documents and a collection of Knowledge Nuggets that provide more in-depth detail on the wider processes.
Learn more about QA’s online courses.
When will I receive my joining instructions?
Joining instructions for QA courses are sent two weeks prior to the course start date, or immediately if the booking is confirmed within this timeframe. For course bookings made via QA but delivered by a third-party supplier, joining instructions are sent to attendees prior to the training course, but timescales vary depending on each supplier’s terms. Read more FAQs.
When will I receive my certificate?
Certificates of Achievement are issued at the end the course, either as a hard copy or via email. Read more here.