Certified Information Systems Security Professional: CISSP

If you have 5+ years under your belt in the information security field, earning your CISSP designation can boost your resumé and your career potential while providing added IS credibility to employers.

Learn what you'll need to conquer the rigorous CISSP examination. Earning the CISSP proves you have what it takes to effectively design, implement, and manage a best-in-class cybersecurity program. With a CISSP, you will validate your expertise and become an (ISC)2 member, unlocking a broad array of exclusive resources, educational tools, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.


CISSP Certification is an international standard designed to recognize the mastery of information security of a Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). The certification is managed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves as experienced, knowledgeable, and proficient information security practitioners.

Program Overview

Credential Earned:

Certified Information Systems Security Professional Certification (upon successful completion of the exam)


No. of Classes Required:

40-hour course

16-hour CISSP+ Exam Prep










Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED


CISSP is a certification for those with five+ years' experience in the information security field with prior certifications such as CCNA, CCNP, MCSE, OR SCNP.


The course covers the eight CISSP information systems security domains relevant to the professional certification exam:

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


What Can I Do When I Complete This Program?

After completing this program, you will be prepared to sit for the CISSP exam and gain or further your employment in high-demand jobs such as information systems security manager, systems security analyst, security architect, security engineer, security consultant/specialist, and security administrator. Some students choose to pursue an associate degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity or an Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Certificate.



Information Security Analysts in Maryland command an average annual salary of $108,300* in Maryland and expected growth over the next decade is a 31%!


*Completion of this program does not guarantee this salary.


Who Teaches This Program?

This course is taught by Lee Hewitt, a highly skilled and well-respected authority in this field. Lee has over 35,000 hours of in-class instruction delivery and over the past 25 years has developed an extensive background in program management, engineering, technical leadership, systems architecture, and training involving some of the largest enterprise networks in the world. Lee’s certifications include PMP, CISSP, ITIL, MCSE (NT), and MCSE (W2K), among many others.


How Do I Get Started?

If you're ready to prove your skills, advance your career and gain the support of a community of cybersecurity leaders, and meet the minimum requirements outlined above, contact LearnIT@harford.edu to learn more about CISSP certification.


For more information on tuition, fees and the current schedule of course offerings visit the Noncredit Schedule of Classes.