The Arkansas Bankers Association has partnered with SBS CyberSecurity to serve community banks by providing educational programs that will certify a banker has the knowledge and skills to protect against today's information security threats. The certification programs offered by the institute are uniquely designed to address community banking needs, using community banking problems and solutions. Properly trained banking professionals will improve the security around customer data and other sensitive information entrusted to them.


The certification communicates to management, the board, stakeholders, and examiners, that a professional can perform the necessary functions to manage and reduce risk to the bank. The SBS Institute is uniquely designed to serve the banking industry. We provide industry-specific cyber education that will prepare students and their financial institution for cybersecurity threats and regulations. Each course is available online and is tailored to specific roles within an institution, creating a flexible and targeted learning experience.


For additional information, email sbsinstitute@sbscyber.com, call (605) 269-0909 or visit https://certification.sbscyber.com/store/ for additional information.

Follow Your Path

Learning paths are designed to guide students on a continuing education path based on their job duties. Core Certifications are not a pre-requisite for a Specialized Certification. Courses may be taken as part of a learning path or individually.

How it works:
  1. Find your role in the Executive, Manager, or Technical learning path.
  2. Consider the suggested Core Certification relating to your learning path as a starting point.
  3. Continue on your learning path with a Specialized Certification.

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Role-Based Cybersecurity Certifications

Executive Level Learning Path

The Executive Level of the SBS Institute is geared at the top-level of your financial institution, namely the Board of Directors and the C-level executives. Certifications at the Executive level are meant to help your organization understand the high-level areas of risk, set the institution’s risk appetite, and ensure sound security practices are implemented and tested.

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Manager Level Learning Path

The Manager level of education is built around certification programs that help the institution manage and implement different aspects of your Information Security Program, as well as how to measure some of your ISP components and report findings upstream. Roles at the institution that the Manager level certifications would best suit include the ISO, IT Manager, Auditors, or Compliance, Security, or Operations Officers.

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Technical Level Learning Path

The Technical level is aimed at those that are responsible for implementing the technical, day-to-day risk-mitigating controls at your institution, such as managing and monitoring a firewall, managing mobile devices, performing a digital forensic investigation, or learning techniques that a hacker would use to break into the network so that you can build up your perimeter defenses. Roles that best fit the Technical level certifications include IT Managers, Network Administrators, and IT Specialists.

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