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Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Certificate

The role of the CISO is gaining in prominence. Are you ready?

The reality is no longer “if” a company has been hacked, or even “when.” The reality today is, “You’ve been hacked, you just don’t know it yet.” The need is growing for individuals with a cross-section of business acumen, technical ability, and expertise in cybersecurity. This six-month program, co-administered by Heinz College and the CERT Division of the SEI, blends on-campus and synchronous distance learning and is designed to provide the needed expertise to enhance the careers of cyber leaders.

In the CISO Certificate Program, learners will learn the skills needed to be an effective CISO through targeted interdisciplinary coursework and hands-on practical application, led by world-renowned faculty from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Heinz College is a crucial asset to cybersecurity education and practice in the United States

Benefits of the CISO Certificate Program

The challenges and demands facing information security leaders are growing increasingly complex. The CISO Certificate Program provides leaders in information security with the opportunity to gain the latest skills and best practices impacting their domain. Individuals will receive training on best practices, including topical discussions on current challenges and mitigation practices.

Learning objectives are met through a combination of expert faculty instruction, business case analyses, and active exchanges with thought leaders in the field. As part of this certificate program, learners will conceive, develop, and deliver an information security program plan and deliver a formal presentation to an executive suite. This plan is designed for individuals to apply several of the methods, tools, and techniques taught during the modules of the program and to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities as a CISO.

Who Should Get This Credential?

This certificate program provides leaders in risk management with the opportunity to gain the latest skills and best practices impacting their domain. All students admitted to the CISO Certificate Program will have at least five years of relevant managerial experience, giving them the chance to collaborate with similarly experienced peers and build exciting new relationships and networks with their cohort.

Term and Renewal

The CISO Certificate does not expire. There is no term limit and renewal is not required. Although not required, certified individuals will have the opportunity to pursue additional education through the following benefits:

  • Graduates of the CISO Certificate Program will have access to new CISO Program modules created in the future, providing you with continuing education after the program ends. Approval is required.
  • Students who complete the CISO Certificate Program and who subsequently apply for and are admitted into the Heinz College MSIT Degree Program are eligible for a tuition discount scholarship.

Summary of Fees

Visit the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy’s CISO Certificate website for a full list of program costs.

Note that a discount is available for Carnegie Mellon alumni—including CIO, CRO, CDataO, and CDigitalO program alumni—U.S. government employees, veterans, and employees of non-profit organizations. Fees includes all program materials and daily continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments during on-campus sessions.

How to Apply

Learn more about certification application steps and requirements on the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy’s CISO Certificate website.

When you are ready to apply, visit the application form to apply online.

Training courses provided by the SEI are not academic courses for academic credit toward a degree. Any certificates provided are evidence of the completion of the courses and are not official academic credentials. For more information about SEI training courses, see Registration Terms and Conditions and Confidentiality of Course Records.