Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam Preparation

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam Preparation


SWENG 5172: 7 sessions, 21 hours (2.1 CEUs)
Dates: Thursdays, May 11- June 22
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Cost: $1,795, Early registration discount of $100 if registered by May 4.
4 PDOs/limited seating available for this course.

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Course Overview

CISSP® is a 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.

Penn State Great Valley’s Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam Preparation course will expose students to the eight domains of knowledge required to pass the exam:

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

Because the course is 7 weeks long, each session will provide an overview of a domain.

The course is taught by a CISSP-certified professional who is eligible to sponsor students for their CISSP certification once they have completed and passed the exam.

The official CISSP exam is not included with the course and must be scheduled directly through Pearson Vue.

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Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG)

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This course is approved by the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG). Partial scholarships are available from ITAG through a training grant from the PA Department of Labor and Industry.

Course Scope and Sequence

This 21-hour course consists of face-to-face lecture, classroom discussion, and practice exams. At the end of the course, the instructor will review with students how to schedule the CISSP exam and provide links to practice tests to prepare.


It is required that students must have a minimum of 5 years of paid, full-time work experience in two knowledge domains to qualify for the CISSP certification.

For more information on the CISSP certification process, visit the (ISC)2 website. There are other options for students without the required work experience.

Who Should Attend

This course is open to information security professionals with 5 years of work experience in two out of the eight knowledge domains and who are eligible to sit for the CISSP exam.

Course Objectives

Every week will provide an overview of each knowledge domain. If a student is not familiar with a specific topic, he or she will be provided with resources to study the area independently. The course will provide students with a solid understanding of each topic, but the CISSP exam tests the ability to apply knowledge in different situations.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded based on a standard of one unit per ten (10) hours of classroom contact.

Note:  The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

Customized Programs

Companies and organizations can have these programs conducted at Penn State Great Valley or elsewhere. Program content can be customized to meet the needs of the company. Call 610-648-3281 for information.