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Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Certificate Program 2018 – Application

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Chief Information Security Officer ("CISO") Certificate Program - 2018



Program Overview

The Harrisburg University, Security Center of Excellence, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Certificate Program provides a unique focus on leadership in the area of information security for IT professionals.  It enables IT leaders responsbile for information security to further develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed at the executive level.

The program focuses on enhancing the following skills:

  • Leadership and Management - leadership and communication skills to build alliances across the business and establish security strategies that align with organizational objectives.
  • Information Security Governance & Risk Management - Compliance requirements and the strategic decisions based on the identification of risk
  • Information Security Architecture Management - Fundamental concepts of computer security, software development lifecycle, and countermeasures
  • Security Technology & Operations - Incident detection, incident response, and disaster recovery scenarios.
Program Benefits/Curriculum

To enable CISO's to successfully bridge business and security strategies, the curriculum balances technical and management topics, and will appeal to both those who are natural techies, and those who are more at home with business and management responsibilities.

By focusing on security strategy, technology, communications policy, finance, and emerging technologies, the program covers a broad range of knowledge and skills needed to lead at the executive level.

Senior level IT security professionals will experience a venue for peer learning, network building and brainstorming that is refreshing and highly valuable.

Participants will explore all of the relevant skills and knowledge to conduct a throrough security assessment of their own organization, resulting in an action plan for improvement as an applied project and work-product.


Performance Objectives

This course prepares individuals to perform the primary responsibilities of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).  Application of these skills to the performance of security management will be emphasized. 

The program will help develop the skills and knowledge needed to:

  • Provide strategic leadership as a steward of the organization's information security and a trusted partner with other business executives in the organization.
  • Develop and implement a robust, accurate, and actionable metrics reporting process that maps back to the business.
  • Understand and manage the risk posture of an organization.
  • Communicate and work closely with legal and privacy officers to protect the organization from legal and regulatory non-compliance.
  • Establish and manage the organization's security policy catalog.
  • Understand requirements for secure development lifecycle, and application security concepts.
  • Understand and manage the security implications of emerging technologies.
  • Secure adequate resources, and manage the IT Security budget.
  • Lead and manage a technical staff of security managers, architects, engineers and specialists, as well as contractors and vendors.


Program Format
  • This 8-month program begins in April and concludes in November, 2018.
  • Classess met in-person, on-site at Harrisburg University, 2-days per month on Tuesday and Wednesdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm *unless otherwise noted on special dates (i.e. summit days)

The program will be led by corporate faculty, in collaboration with industry experts who present special topics.  Class sessions are dynamic and interactive.  These include presentations, case studies, group exercises and guest lecturers from leading technology companies.  Peer learning is emphasized as a valuable method of gaining perspective and discussing lessons learned from others within the cohort.  Additionally, independent readings, the applied security assessment project, and online discussions support varied instructional approaches for all kinds of learners.


2018 Class Schedule


April 17, 2018


April 18, 2018

CISO Leadership Skills


May 15, 2018


May 16, 2018

Information Security Governance and Risk Management


June 19, 2018


June 20, 2018

Information Security Governance and Risk Management


July 24, 2018


July 25, 2018

Information Security Architecture Management


August 21, 2018


August 22, 2018

Information Security Architecture Management


September 18, 2018


September 19, 2018

Managing Security Technology & Operations





Cybersecurity Awareness Month; class dates depending on date of annual Cybersecurity Summit (TBD)


November 27, 2018


November 28*, 2018

Managing Security Technology & Operations




Required Qualifications

Candidates must possess the following criteria to be considered for admission in Chief Information Security Officer Certifciate program:

  • A Minimum of 5 years' IT security experience -OR- IT security leadership responsibility in their current role;
  • Senior-level management/executive responsibility; AND
  • Candidates are anticipated to be a Chief Information Security Officer or Information Security Officer (ISO), -OR- have CISO or ISO responsibilities.


Application Process

PART 1 - The application form allows candidates to present their learning goals, past experiences, expertise, and knowledge they will bring to the cohort for consideration.  Candidates will be notified in a timely manner as to their acceptance into the CISO cohort. 

PART 2 - Candidates will demonstrate the support of their senior leadership by submitting a letter of nomination written on their behalf. The nomination letter should include your current position and responsibilities, along with skills, knowledge, and any special projects that you were/are responsible for.

The nomination letter should be addressed to “GTI Directors” and emailed to with the subject line as, “CISO Nomination Letter for [YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME]”  
Nomination letters must be received no later than March 19, 2018
Applicants will be notified on March 23, 2018  regarding whether they have or have not been accepted into the 2018 program.


Expectations of Participants and Class Attendance Policy

Participants will be expected to complete readings and some written work prior to sessions. A capstone project, applying the program's core curriculum to a tech assessment project will be produced and presented by participants. 

Attendance at a minimum of 90% of the sessions is required.

Awarding of a certificate of completion will be based on a pass-fail assessment of the program's curricular, attendance, and project-based requirements.


2018 Enrollment Fees
Organizations are responsible for the per participant cost of the program.
2018 Enrollment Fee -  For-Profit organizations $2,995.00
2018 Enrollment Fee - Non-Profit organizations $2,795.00


  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided on full day sessions (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)
  • Food and beverages for opening reception, graduation, lunches, etc. for ICISO students and their supporting organizations leadership, are included in the tuition fee.


Parking is not included in the enrollment fee.
For information on parking in the Harrisburg University garage, and to view current hourly rates, please visit Standard Parking's website at:




April 17th, 2018 12:00 AM   through   November 28th, 2018 12:00 AM
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
326 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
United States
Phone: 717-901-5100