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Carnegie Mellon Launches CISO Education, Certification Program

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), in collaboration with the CERT Program of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), is launching a new education and certificate program designed for information security executives that will emphasize “strategic cybersecurity management”.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), in collaboration with the CERT Program of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), is launching a new education and certificate program designed for information security executives that will emphasize “strategic cybersecurity management”.

Carnegie Mellon The training isn’t just for CISOs, however, and is a fit for both executives and working cybersecurity professionals.

“The ideal candidate is a senior IS professional, or someone who manages a diverse group of security resources,” Ari Lightman, Professor at CMU and Executive Director of the CIO Institute told SecurityWeek. “It’s not technical training,” he said. “We’re targeting somebody who needs to manage a large, diverse group of information security technical folks.”

The first Chief Information Security Officer Executive (CISO-Executive) Education and Certification Program program kicks off in September and will be held at the SEI office in Arlington, Virginia.

The program is centered on research by CMU and will focus on developing competencies and skills that CMU says are currently missing in both the public and private sector.

The curriculum consists of 12 full-day classes over a period of four months, with each class focusing on a specific subject and business case designed to addresses real-word cybersecurity challenges. The program culminates with three days in Pittsburgh, when students will be required to develop and present a project plan around an information security initiative.

Instructors for the program will be selected from CERT, the Heinz College and industry professionals.

The cost of the certificate program runs $21,000 which does not include housing accommodations, however Lightman told SecurityWeek they have worked out a deal with the Westin in Arlington which is just steps away from where classes will be held. Discounts on the program are available for Government employees, CMU alumni, and CIOI students.

More on the program can be found here.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.

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