CISSP Exam Prep Program

The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University is pleased to offer a bootcamp training program to prepare students to take and pass the most coveted information security credential, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). The course is available to both undergraduate and graduate Seidenberg students and alumni wishing to achieve a competitive edge when seeking employment in information security and related industries. There are no prerequisites to attend the course.

The course is held on five non-consecutive days, each lasting approximately 9-5pm. The next course will run in Spring 2019.

The course is designed specifically to help students prepare and study the wide scope of material covering the eight domains specified by (ISC)2, the originator of the certification, which include:

  • Security and Risk Management
  • Asset Security
  • Security Engineering
  • Communications and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security Assessment and Testing
  • Security Operations
  • Software Development Security

Using live learning exercises, mock testing, and specially-designed study materials that the students can take home, the class presents a comprehensive view of information security topics that many of today’s corporations are seeking in terms of hiring prerequisites for many jobs in computing and information systems, particularly the field of information systems security.

The program is an ideal way for all students to attain the highly desirable certification, and will complement student’s academic programs of study with a proven certificate that authenticates student knowledge. Not only is the CISSP an objective measure of excellence, but also a globally recognized standard of achievement.

Candidates successfully passing the exam must have a minimum of 5 years cumulative paid full-time work experience in two or more of the 8 domains of the (ISC)2 CISSP CBK. Candidates may receive a one year experience waiver with a 4-year college degree, or regional equivalent or additional credential from the (ISC)2 approved list, thus requiring four years of direct full-time professional security work experience in 2 or more of the 8 domains of the CISSP CBK.

Candidates successfully passing the exam who do not have the experience are still urged to take and pass the certification, thereby becoming an Associate of (ISC)2 with proof to show to potential employers of your status. Students then have 6 years to earn their experience to become a CISSP.

Professional certifications in the Information Systems industry are a must and is similar in many respects to your colleagues in other career paths who want to set themselves apart by obtaining certifications in their respective fields, such as the CPA (accounting), CISA (IT auditing), CISM (IT management), CFA (finance), and PMP (project management).

The CISSP is by far the most established and recognized certification in the information systems security industry. In a presentation given on October 25, 2016 by the Information Systems Security Association entitled, How to Recruit and Retain Cybersecurity Professionals, the CISSP was described as being “absolutely huge” in helping people to get hired in the information security industry, as well as being a “fantastic framework” in terms of providing knowledge on so many IS topics.

More information about the CISSP can be found at: www.isc2.org