Professional Development & Continuing Education Programs

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

This 10-week course will equip participants with the resources and knowledge required to pass the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification exam.
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam Prep Course

CISSP is globally-recognized certification in the information security field from (ISC)2.  Required by many governments and organizations around the world, this credential demonstrates deep technical knowledge and experience to effectively design, engineer, and manage the overall security posture of an organization.

Taught by a CISSP-certified professional, this 10-week course will provide an overview of each knowledge domain (all new content since April 2018 test revisions) required to pass the exam:

  • Domain 1: Security and Risk Management
  • Domain 2: Asset Security
  • Domain 3: Security Architecture and Engineering
  • Domain 4: Communication and Network Security
  • Domain 5: Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Domain 6: Security Assessment and Testing
  • Domain 7: Security Operations
  • Domain 8: Software Development Security

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to equip participants with the resources and knowledge required to pass the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification exam. The course will help the student assess and define their current knowledge base in the information security field. The actual CISSP exam is not included with this course and should be scheduled through PearsonVue. This course includes practice exams and simulations that other CISSP credential owners report were key to their passing the CISSP exam. The course is pass/fail and is based on three deliverables: Goal statement, practice test score spreadsheet, and a final assessment of student readiness for CISSP exam.

Course Overview

The CISSP exam covers eight domains commonly referred to as the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). The CISSP CBK is often described as being “an inch deep and a mile wide” because the exam content does not require that you be an expert in every domain. Instead the student must be familiar with many different security subjects and be able to apply their knowledge to real‐life situations. The CISSP exam is not a memorization test it is an application of knowledge test. For example: You won’t be asked to define a collision domain but rather be asked how to avoid excessive collisions, or be asked to define what causes excessive collisions in a collision domain.

Grading Scale:

(Pass/Fail) Students will pass the class by submitting the following items with 2 days of final class.

  1. One page (or less) summary of your goals for this course;
  2. A spreadsheet or table that tracks pre and post‐practice test scores with a ranking or inventory your knowledge in each of the eight domains. Identify which areas are problematic and may require more in‐depth study and investigation.
  3. Prepare an assessment of your readiness for the CISSP exam, by completing one of the two Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests (Chapple book). Select a test location and research test dates and times. Summarize your plan for taking the certification exam, securing a sponsor andproviding proof of work experience to sponsor and (ISC)2. Discuss the process of getting certified after passing the CISSP exam at a PearsonVue test center. You may submit a typed document, video or PowerPoint (Powtune or other presentation software). You may use any medium you prefer to communicate your plans.  Feel free to ask Professor Kern to be your CISSP sponsor.

Attendance and Class Procedures

Attendance at class is entirely optional. You and/or your company are paying for this course. Come to class and interact with peers and you should find that your learning is accelerated. The stories you share make for fun and stimulating conversation. You should read each chapter before attending class and come prepared to share how this chapter relates to your current job. It is the intent of the instructor to provide a forum to absorb and practice the CISSP CBK. Yes, memorization is necessary, however you must also think about how you would implement the methodologies and frameworks in your organization. Good stories make the class time fly by! Please put your cell phone on vibrate. If you need to take a cell text or call, or use the lavatories please do so as necessary. I tend to multi‐task and am quite comfortable with students that multitask. Students should attempt to allocate 5‐10 hours per week to CISSP study. Reading, relating information to your own environment and then taking practice tests is key to successfully passing the CISSP certification exam. Use the 30 hours of class time to discuss and process the domain you read each week for class. We will spend an hour every week on practice questions. Learning how to approach and consider test questions is very helpful for most students.