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Certified Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO)

Certified Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO) Course »

Learn to Analyze & Mitigate IT Security Threats and Risks

Merit Professional Learning and the Michigan Cyber Range are pleased to present Certified Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO). The course prepares and certifies you to analyze an organization's information security threats and risks, and to design a security program to mitigate them.

The CISSO course addresses the broad range of industry best practices, knowledge and skills expected of a security leader. You will learn both the theory and the requirements for practical implementation of core security concepts, practices, monitoring and compliance. Through the use of a risk-based approach a certified CISSO is able to implement and maintain cost-effective security controls that are closely aligned with business requirements. The Certified Information Systems Security Officer certification was a direct initiative of the DND (Department of Defense of Canada) in cooperation with the DOD (Department of Defense of the United States).

Get Certified
Cyber Range course fees include NSA/CNSS accredited Certification exam!*

* Certification is dependent upon the student successfully passing the certification test with a score of 70 percent or better.

The CISSO course is designed for a forward-thinking security professional or consultant who manages or plays a key role in an organization's information security department. Whether you are a security officer, a business analyst, an IT auditor or responsible for the management of an Information Security team, the Certified Information Security Officer (CISSO) course is an ideal way to increase your knowledge, expertise and skill. The CISSO course, and subsequent examination, is the most up to date, practical and effective program available in the world today. The CISSO program is closely aligned with the leading standards of ISO27001, NIST, CISM® and the 2012 CISSP® CBK® Exam objectives, and it excels by providing a well-rounded and comprehensive overview of each topic area without being restricted to a single model or conceptual approach.

The CISSO course prepares you for the certification exam through Mile2, which is likewise aligned with the ISO27001, NIST, CISM® and the 2012 CISSP® CBK® objectives.

This course also prepares you for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam, which can be taken separately through (ISC2).

View a list of module topics and detailed course outline.

View certification exam details.

Recommended Prerequisites

Experience in at least two modules of the outline is beneficial but not required.

Who Should Attend?

Security managers/officers, IT auditors, business analysts.

About Course Delivery Methods and Exercises

Ann Arbor & Online:
  • Taught in a classroom at Merit Network's offices (see information below).
  • Simultaneously, a limited number of other students can connect using their own computer from any location that has a reliable Internet connection, as with the "Live Online" option. You will be asked for your preference in the weeks before the class begins.
  • In-classroom instructor leads class during the hours as listed.
  • It is recommended but not required that students attending in Ann Arbor bring a laptop (any variety).
Live Online:
  • Instructor conducts class online.
  • Students connect using their own computer from any location that has a reliable Internet connection.
  • Mile2 sends course materials and virtual classroom connection instructions to students before the start of the course.

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About the Curriculum

The training curriculum for this course is developed and provided by Mile2, a developer and provider of vendor neutral professional certifications for the cyber security industry.

CNSS Logo The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) has recognized that Mile2's certification courseware meets all the elements of the CNSS National Training Standards.

About the Michigan Cyber Range

The Michigan Cyber Range prepares cybersecurity professionals to detect, prevent and thwart cyberattacks in a real-world setting. Like a test track or a firing range, the Michigan Cyber Range enables individuals and organizations to conduct "live fire" exercises: simulations that test the detection and reaction skills of participants in a variety of situations. The Michigan Cyber Range also offers certification courses for a number of cybersecurity disciplines, with instruction available OnSite and Live Online. A full training schedule may be found at the Merit Michigan Cyber Range web site, The Michigan Cyber Range is hosted and facilitated by Merit Network in partnership with the State of Michigan and with the sponsorship of Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and Juniper Networks.

Meet the Instructor


Photo of Kevin Henry Kevin Henry is an international author, consultant and renowned speaker. He is the official course development writer for ISC2 CISSP, ISACA CRISC and Mile2's C)ISSO and C)PTE. Kevin has provided IT and information security consulting and support services for organizations around the world for over 30 years, setting up information security programs and addressing areas ranging from in-depth risk analysis to policy creation and security awareness. He is the author to the latest CPTE prep guide, Penetration Testing: Protecting Networks and Systems.

Times, Pricing and Registration

The Certified Information Systems Security Officer class will meet Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) over the dates registered.

General Public $3,000
Attendees from Merit Member organizations $2,250
Attendees from organizations affiliated with Great Plains Network, NCREN, NYSERNet or WiscNet $2,700
Group rates: Contact us for more information.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact at least two weeks in advance. Please note that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time to arrange than others.

Information for Classes Held in Ann Arbor

In-person classes are held at Merit Network's offices at 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Continental breakfast, beverages and snacks will be provided each day.

Get directions to Merit's offices.

Hotels and restaurants are located nearby.

Other courses available at the Michigan Cyber Range.

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