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Free Short Course: CISSP Security (Exam Not Included)


This is a Free 6 weeks course with lectures being delivered via weekly webinars on Wednesdays 1230pm to 2pm.

Due to popular demand, the 12:30 session is full. We are running a second session at 3pm AEST. All signups entered since writing this message are for the 3pm session.

Webinars start on Wednesday 17 July 2013

In between the webinars, you will be asked to do 10-12 hours of study.

It looks legit. I've enrolled. I still can't believe it's free.


Course Schedule (recordings of Webinars will be available if you are unable to make it to the live event)

Webinar: Wed 17th July, 12:30-2pm AEST 3PM

Week 1:

  • Access Control
  • Application security

Webinar: Wed 24th July, 12:30-2pm AEST 3PM

Week 2:

  • Business continuity and disaster recovery planning
  • Cryptography

Webinar: Wed 31st July, 12:30-2pm AEST 3PM

Week 3:

  • Information security and risk management
  • Legal, regulations, compliance, and investigations

Webinar: Wed 7th August, 12:30-2pm AEST 3PM

Week 4:

  • Operations security
  • Physical (environmental) security

Webinar: Wed 14th August, 12:30-2pm AEST 3PM

Week 5:

  • Security architecture and design
  • Telecommunications and network security

Exam: Wed 21st August, 12:30pm AEST 3PM

Week 6:

  • CISSP practice exam

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  • +3 votes

    I enrolled :)

  • +2 votes

    Thanks Mate, enrolled.

  • +2 votes

    Thanks OP!


    Can you get a job off of this?

  • +8 votes

    You need 5+ years of verifiable security experience to get the qualification, even after you pass the exam.

    Still, free's free, and if you're working in IT Security, or even just IT, having some security knowledge isn't going to hurt.

    • +1 vote

      How do you get the 5+ years of security experience?

      I'm interested, but this thing starts very soon, and I want to be sure it will amount to something before I put in the commitment. If I'm unlikely to get hired, I don't think I'll do it.

      • +7 votes

        If you pass exam without 5 years exp you get 'Associate' level, but not full CISSP until you prove that you have 5 years exp.

        Need existing CISSP to verify and provide reference.

        Also need to forward your resume with contacts to ISC2 and they review before handing you a CISSP, also need to sign and abide by their code of ethics.

        These may have changed but you get the idea. Best to look ISC2 website.

        https://www.cccure.org/ is the other good resource for studying for CISSP.

        CISSP isn't easy, it's regarded as cert that's one mile wide, but only an inch deep. You can get job based on this, but you will not be a specialist.

        Think of it like becomming a doctor (GP), as apposed to a heart surgeon which is specialised.

        If you want to specialise, SANS certification in field that interests you will get you there. At the same time you will have to wait for appropriate job in that specialisation to come up.

        Most job adds usually quote CISSP, CISA, CISM and sometimes SANS as requirements.

        Recently hired for number of roles, was surprised with number of generalists, and many without jobs, not many specialists around, and hard to get them on board.

        Number of other free resources online but the names elude me at the moment.


        You'll get knowledge. That is all. Unless you already work in security and know someone who already is CISSP certified you wont get certified yourself.
        You receive a certificate of completion but this does not allow you to call yourself CISSP certified.

        This certification isn't really meant for people trying to break into security, more for people who are experienced and want to show competency either to clients or prospective employer.


      How do you actually prove that to them? I mean, would technically working with a firewall or security appliance as part of your job count?

      • -1 vote

        I dunno..

        I've been doing wireless networking and end user support for past 5 years. Will probably do it anyway, looks like it might be actually challenging (looks at CCNA+CCNP)..


        You need to be endorsed by someone who has is CISSP certified. Normally a colleague or boss I'd say.

      • +1 vote

        Someone should vouch for you ))

        myoda has already covered that, but anyway:

        A candidate applying for certification must be endorsed by another (ISC)² certified professional in good standing before the credential can be awarded.

        To qualify for the CISSP®credential, a candidate must:
        Demonstrate that they have the minimum requirement for certification, which is five (5) years of professional and relevant work experience in two (2) or more of the ten (10) domains of the CISSP CBK , or four (4) years of work experience with an applicable college degree or a credential from the (ISC)²-approved list.


        PS. For those who take it seriously: there are 250 questions on the exam and you’ll be given about 5 hours to answer them. It can easily take a half year to prepare. A 6-days review course within a month prior the exam (cost about $1000) is considered as a best practice.
        PPS. Anyway, a CISSP course will give a good overview of variety security areas. For instance, you’ll know which type of extinguisher is best used with oil and what the strongest type of glass is: plate, wired, tempered or polycarbonate))


      Can you get security experience without any qualifications? Or is it one of those chicken or egg problems where they won't hire you because you don't have cert, and you can't get cert without experience?

  • +1 vote

    nice find… thanx op

  • +1 vote

    Exam for this looks pretty brutal.


      Are they going to send you your certificate as a piece of paper in the mail, or will it be a PDF?


        Not sure it makes much difference as the 'certificate' would just state that you attended their webinars, more of a certificate of attendance.


          Well what would this certificate actually do for me? Is it a stepping stone to do a further course which will be expensive, or will it be an end in itself?

        • +4 votes

          Happy to be corrected, but this 'certificate' wouldn't mean anything in terms of being able to present it to a future employer, etc. My understanding of reading through the details, is that it's no more than a certification of attendance.

        • +1 vote

          Link above is to actual CISSP exam.

          If you complete this course you may get a 'Certificate of completion' if they have it. Means nothing to employer.

          If you want to know more about the exam then see my post a few posts up.

    • -2 votes

      Good catch there..

      The actual page doesn't say it includes the final exam, only "CISSP practice exam"

      • +1 vote

        Yea, no one will give you a USD$599 exam for free. This is one of many training courses available to study for exam.


    so this exam comes with "real" certification?

    • +2 votes

      Q4: Is there a final exam?

      Yes – there will be a CISSP certification practice exam at the end of the course. The exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer.

      Q6: Do I get a certificate if I complete the course?

      Yes. – Those who pass the final exam will receive a Certificate of Completion. (not the actual CISSP qualification)


        They did not mention if the final exam is included in the course or if it has to be paid separately. A bit misleading.

        And what is the difference between Certificate of Completion and the actual CISSP qualification? Will employers hire you if you only have the completion cert?


      I would be cautious before paying to sit the exam even if you have the requisite security experience. With any certification a lot of training providers exist, eg. trainsignal, cbtnuggets. Even if you remember the material perfectly doesn't mean you will pass.

      They dont always cover all the material necessary to cover the exam.


    What is a webinar? Is it a one way video, or is it interactive?

  • +1 vote

    I just read "In July we will offer a free CISSP -preparation- short course that covers the first 4 weeks of subject ITE514 Professional Systems Security."

    Preparation short course, not the actual course.



    how do we find an existing CISSP accredited person to to endorse us as a requirement to CISSP certification?
    Thanks for the great heads up!

  • +2 votes

    Signed up thanks!

    Still a University student who recently just finished a CCNA Security so don't meet the 5 years of work to get this qualification, but it's good to learn regardless…especially since for free!


      It should give you a holistic view of security from a bird's eye view. Very good to actually understand how it all fits together…

      All the best.


    So from reading comments here this is not really worth anything? You wouldn't put it on your resume…

  • +1 vote

    Thanks enrolled


    To clear up what's being offered here.

    It's a training course to prepare you for the CISSP exam.

    CISSP is offered by ISC2 for US$599 and done about twice a year in most capital cities. 6 hour paper based exam.

    cccure.org is another free resource for those studying for CISSP exam. AISA also offers weekly study groups if you are a member.

    For more on if you will get a job or not see my first of my comments earlier today.


    'Due to popular demand, the 12:30 session is full. We are running a second session at 3pm AEST. All signups entered since writing this message are for the 3pm session."


    I wonder how many would just sign up and not attend the classes? :-)

  • +5 votes

    For people who do online courses and wonder do they get a certificate or can they put it on a resume, would you put down that you read a text book on a subject or watched some videos? It's not much different especially if it's not a full course and if there is no assessment. This is an introduction (no doubt the uni would like you to take further study or the proper course on the subject matter).

    If I was reading a persons resume who put this on it I'd be wondering why you didn't you sit the exam? Are you just trying to pretend it's the real accreditation. It would seem like someone didn't have real qualifications/experience so had to resort to listing free online courses. I see too many resumes that read like YouTube playlists as it is…

    See it for what it is. Some useful info on a topic, just like reading some chapters of a textbook.

    PS. If you're the type that still can't work out what they are offering I suggest you steer clear of the real exam ;-)

    • +1 vote

      Well put.

      CISSP is a hard exam if you don't have years of security experience across a broad range of security topics.

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