Enrolments: 519,897

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 511,032

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: CISSP Security Certification

This course condenses the twelve weeks of material covered in our subject ITE514 Professional Systems Security into five modules, with each topic covering two of the CISSP domains.

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High-level short course where prior knowledge is likely required to get the most out of the course. Content may be at Masters level or cover part of a postgraduate subject
Duration6 Weeks
Enrolled9,390 students

Course Schedule

Unit 1

Unit 2

  • Access control
  • Application security
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery planning
  • Cryptography

Unit 3

Unit 4

  • Information security and risk management
  • Legal, regulations, compliance, and investigations
  • Operations security
  • Physical (environmental) security

Unit 5

Exam Week

  • Security architecture and design
  • Telecommunications and network security
  • 1 hour multiple choice exam

Course Information and FAQs

This course is aimed at anyone who might be interested in gaining the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. The CISSP is an independent information security certification governed by International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium also known as (ISC)².

The course is free to undertake but it is recommended that you purchase the Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK  – all other reference materials will be free material that can be accessed electronically.

Who should sit this course?

The course is perfect for:

  • Security professionals who are interested in understanding the concepts covered in the CISSP® exam as determined by (ISC)2
  • Managers who want to understand the critical areas of network security
  • System, security, and network administrators who want to understand the pragmatic applications of the CISSP® 10 Domains
  • Security professionals and managers looking for practical ways the 10 Domains of knowledge can be applied to the current job

Who presents the webinars?

This course was developed by Dr Craig Wright, whose experience and qualifications include:

  • Working for 23 years in the cyber security industry, including 13 years in digital forensics
  • appearing on numerous occasions as a digital forensics expert witness in cyber security law suites 
  • Has authored over 100 publications on cyber security including co-authoring the Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP(R)-ISSMP(R) CBK
  • Sits on the SANS Technology Institute board and is a beta tester for GIAC Exams
  • Has over 100 cyber security including CISSP/ISSMP and CISSP/ISSAP

Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and any available participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.