Enrolments: 561,726

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: 552,861

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 (Updated)

As one of the most sought after professional certifications in the information security industry, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) validates expertise in designing, implementing, and managing a cyber security program. It is often referred to as the gold standard certification and considered a valuable (if not essential) certification for many information security roles today.

Knowledge required for the CISSP is divided across eight different areas (domains) and is a combination of leadership and operational/technical expertise. Over four weeks, this course will take you through each of the eight domains and provide information on what is needed to obtain the CISSP credential.

An update of our extremely popular short course from 2013, this short course offers an introduction to our Professional Systems Security subject.

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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
Duration4 Weeks
Enrolled18,790 students

Course Schedule

Module 1: Introduction to CISSP

  • Introduction to the CISSP certification
  • CISSP domains
  • Security and Risk Management

Module 2: Asset Security, Architecture and Engineering

  • Domain 2 – Asset Security
  • Domain 3 – Security Architecture & Engineering

Module 3: Securing Networks and IAM

  • Domain 4 – Communication & Network Security
  • Domain 5 – Identity & Access Management (IAM)

Module 4: Security Assessment, Operations and Software Development

  • Domain 6 – Security Assessment and Testing
  • Domain 7 – Security Operations
  • Domain 8 – Software Development Security


  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: one
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

Course Information Q&A

Who will present the webinars?

Dr. Georg Thomas, CCISO, CDPSE, CISSP, CISM, GRCP, ISO27001 LI, MACS Snr. CP (Cyber Security), MCSE is an information security and cyber risk expert with over 20 years of industry experience. He is currently a Senior Manager at Deloitte Australia specialising in data protection and privacy and has held several senior roles in Australia and the United States.

Georg holds a Doctor of Information Technology, Master of Management (Information Technology) and Bachelor of Information Technology (System Administration) from Charles Sturt University and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Teaching & Learning) at Deakin. He is a member of the Ethics Committee on the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Profession Advisory Board and is a three-time Microsoft MVP award recipient.

What is the aim of this short course?

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.

This free short course is based on topics from the subject ITE514 Professional Systems Security, available as either core or elective subjects across several Masters’ level courses, including Masters’ of Cyber SecurityCloud Computing and Virtualisation, and Networking and Systems Administration.

What is included?

In addition to the weekly hour-long interactive webinars, you will be provided with suggested reading materials, an active discussion forum and a weekly activity to complete.

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 the exam.

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.

Are there any pre-requisites for the course?

No, you can sit this short course all by itself. But if you don’t have a background in Cyber Security or basic IT knowledge, we recommend you complete our free short course Computer Network Fundamentals beforehand.

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.