Testimonials

Certified CISO students have a lot to say about their experiences in the CCISO class as well as how earning the knowledge as well as the certification has impacted their careers.

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Anonymous

Any cyber training broadens my knowledge for the job. To find an advisory job in which to exercise my breadth of knowledge in the cyber domain. It should open doors to cyber opportunities with more responsibility and at a more senior level than I’m currently performing. The experience and teaching style/expertise of our instructor. He was able to make clear what was important, both from the book and from general cyber knowledge.

AnonymousCCISO Student
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Conroy Watson

The overall information was excellent. As for the content, I think it was exactly what a CISO needs to know. Since my current job is more business development and IA portfolio management within the US DoD focused, the information does not have much relevance. However, it provides valuable information that I can use during business development activities with US DoD CIOs. Additionally, it provides me a broader perspective (i.e. beyond US Government) when dealing with high-level cyber-security programs. Finally, it gives be a better foundation as I look to transition into a CISO role. My long-term career goal is to become a CIO or CRO within the next 10 years. My short-term goal is to become a CISO (or some other title with similar functions). My intension is to function in a CISO role within 5 years.

Eventually, I’d like to become CIO for an airline, a large city or state, or a large university. These interest me because of their complexity and ever changing landscape.

The contents learned in the CISO program directly apply to my career goals because:

1. It provides a view that s broader then the US DoD environment that I’m accustomed to

2. It provides a framework on which I can build my short term goals. For example, I’m now aware of the various security frameworks and laws/regulations that I need to be aware of and become familiar with as I work to accomplish my goals.

I view the CISO program is the starting block for my goals. It provides the basic knowledge for a successful start towards becoming a CISO and eventually a CIO.

I believe the best part of the course that I attended was the instructor. Joe Voje, the instructor, was able to present the course in a manner that makes it meaningful and provide lots of real world examples. Next would be the book provided since it can be used as a reference.

Conroy WatsonSenior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
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Information Security Director

The CCISO program helps me ensure that I can review our current IS Program and determine basic structure, delivery elements and components necessary to facilitate a stable and business productive office. My career goals include refining our organization’s InfoSec Program from the top – down and the program DIRECTLY, and almost completely, aligns with this goal. The convenience of immediate exam attempt was the best part of the class.

Information Security DirectorGeorgia Lottery Corporation
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Scott Welker

The multitude of frameworks and emphasis on risk management are key elements to be applied in my daily job and the content in the CCISO Program directly relates to that. My goal is to continue to elevate and evaluate how we do risk assessments. Education and awareness regarding industry standards certainly applies to my career goals. Sharing ideas and experiences with industry peers was the best part of the class.

Scott WelkerSr. Cybersecurity Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton
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Stefan Harris

The content in the CCISO Program will help me to work with the departments at my credit union to provide secure solutions to their challenges as well as convince my credit union to create a CISO position and gain it myself. InfoSec management is where I want to focus my career progress. This class was fantastic in that it validated everything I know already, exposed me to new ideas, and certified my experience and knowledge in the field. The best parts about the CCISO course was the student and instructor interaction. The discussions with my classmates both in the class and outside of it were all beneficial and helped to solidify my understanding of the concepts. Dr. Shawn P. Murray was a fantastic instructor. He easily brought the information to a practical level, making it relatable.

Stefan HarrisVP of Information Technology, Vantage West Credit Union

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