"Information security is the protection of information assets, and any ICT assets which create, process, store, view or transmit information, against unauthorised use or accidental modification, loss or release."

Adapted from the Information security information standard (IS18:2009)

How do I develop this skill set?

The focus for this skill is on confidentiality, integrity and availability of information, as is stated within the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information technology - Security techniques – Code of practice for information security controls (second edition).

Departments should refer to Annex A ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information technology - Security techniques – Information security management systems – Requirements (second edition) for information security related definitions.

Lynda - Information Security and CISSP Cert Prep Courses [Executive and Specialist roles]

Lynda has a variety of free online courses that tackle the managerial and executive perspective of information security and managing risks with information assets. Some of these courses may also assist you in preparing for a Certified

Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. These include the following:

    FutureLearn - Online 'Deakin' Cyber Security Course [Specialist roles]

    The free online learning platform FutureLearn, in collaboration with Deakin, have developed an online course for those who would like to upskill in the technical and specialist side of protecting information assets and managing security incidents. Please note that this is a paid course - access the 'Cyber Security' FutureLearn course here.

    Additional resources

  • Lexonis is a cloud-based software that allows users to build SFIA skills capabilities through an optimised approach.
  • ValidateSkills with SFIA allows you to utilise self-assessments against the SFIA skills and on-request training as well as a variety of other services.
  • SkillsTX provide innovative resources to support skills management for an ICT workforce in alignment with SFIA.
  • Seera is a cloud-based solution for HR management that allows you to build capability in your workforce utilising the SFIA skills framework.


Last Reviewed: 06 November 2018