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How to pass Cybersecurity Fundamentals CSX-F Certificate

CSX-F, acronym of Cybersecurity Fundamentals, was a certificate issued by professional association ISACA that demonstrates knowledge on cybersecurity. It was the entry-level exam for ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) certificate series.

Important note: As of 2022, it seems that CSX-F certificate has been superseded by ITCA Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate.

CSX-P (Cybersecurity Nexus Practitioner) is an advanced-level certification (not a certificate) for the CSX-series. Please do not confuse CSX-F with CSX-P.

I achieved CSX-F certificate on August 2020, so most of the information written here corresponds to this time.


Frequently Asked Questions about the exam

Why CSX-F is a certificate and not a certification? What are the differences?

According to ISACA’s criteria, certificate is a title that only requires the candidate to pass an exam once.

On the other hand, certification requires that the candidate renews the certificate periodically by completing activities that keeps the candidate engage with the subject (courses, workshops, events, training, etc.). Some certifications (like CISA or CISM) require that the candidate meets subject-related experience (relevant work experience, study degrees, etc.) in addition to passing the exam in order to get the certification for the first time.

CSX-F is a certificate because it does not require candidate to renew the certification.

Do I need any work experience to get CSX-F certificate?

Unlike other certifications (CISA, CISM, CRISP, CISSP, SSCP, etc.), exam candidate does not need to meet any specific requirements to achieve CSX-F certifcate in addition to obtaining a passing score.

How long takes CSX-F exam?

2 hours is the maximum time to complete all questions.

How many questions are in the exam?

75 questions.

What kind of questions can I find in the exams?

Each question constains 4 options and only one is correct. The type of questions are similar to other ISACA exams like CISA or CISM.

CSX-F Study Guide include multiquestions, it means, there is a questions and many possible answers, where many of them can be correct. Some of the questions have only one possible correct question. This kind of questions are not appearing in the official exam.

Which score is required to pass CSX-F?

The passing score is 65% of correct answers.

How much does the exam cost?

As of July 2020, exam fees for CSX-F are $150.00 for non-ISACA members and $125.00 for ISACA members.

What is the preparation material for CSX-F?

There is an official Cybersecurity Fundamentals Study Guide (1st Edition, 2nd Edition).

This material can be bought on ISACA’s bookstore.

Unlike other ISACA Certifications (e.g., CISA, CISM), there is no Questions, Answers and Explanation Review Manual. However, the Study Guide contains some sample questions at the end of each chapter. In my case, these questionso were enought to pass the exam, but it is true that I have already studied for CISA and CISM so I was already familiar with the subject and type of questions.

Where can I find sample questions of the exams?

ISACA’s Cybersecurity Fundamentals Study Guide contains many sample questions at the end of each chapter.

In addition, you can find a Practice Quiz with 10 questions on ISACA’s web.

How can I get prepared for CSX-F exam?

In my case, I just used the Study Guide to prepare the exam and passed on the first attempt.

Nevertheless, you can find online courses and workshops on ISACA web.

What are the subjects covered in the exam?

Questions come from the 5 subject domains in which Study Guide is divided:

  1. Cybersecurity Concepts (10%)
  2. Cybersecurity Architecture Principles (20%)
  3. Security of Network, System, Application, & Data (40%)
  4. Incident Response (20%)
  5. Security of Evolving Technology (10%)

How do I register for the exam?

You need first to register for the exam, and then choose a date to complete the exam.

Follow the instructions on this link.

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I studied Computer Science at University of Salamanca. Since then, I have been working first as developer and then as SAP consutant. This blog is about problems I dealt when using computers, and more important, the solutions I found. Whenever I am on an issue and suddenlly I have a flash that leads me to a solution, I document my discoveries in a post.

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2 Responses to How to pass Cybersecurity Fundamentals CSX-F Certificate

  1. Nipa 9 May 2022 at 12:36 #

    In 2022 the exam is very difference making the above advice somewhat redundant.
    The 2022 exam consists of both multiple-choice questions AND a performance lab involving a command shell interface where one will have to know how to exercise shell commands to reach the objective.
    Using the study guide alone will cover only half of the exam.
    Fore-warned is fore-armed – only with some developer and practice labs experience will one be able to pass the 2022 exam.

  2. pmgallardo
    pmgallardo 10 May 2022 at 12:46 #

    Hi Nipa,
    Many thanks for your comment.
    If I am not wrong, you are referring CSX-P certification, but this post is about CSX-F certificate, that seems to have been recently replaced by ITCA Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate.
    I updated the post to avoid future misunderstanding on readers.
    Best regards

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