What is the CISSP Mentorship Program?

The global demand for cybersecurity talent has been a topic of discussion within the security and risk management landscape for many years. Pre-pandemic research indicated there would be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021.

Our mentor program is taught by industry-leading professionals and provided at no cost to participants as a way to help fill those open positions. By preparing you for the CISSP certification exam, we’re investing in the industry, and opening doors for future well-qualified information security professionals.

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Over the past 14 years, the CISSP Mentorship Program has trained over 40,000 students reaching from all over the globe. The program is taught by industry-leading experts who volunteer their wealth of knowledge as well as practical real-world experience to deliver a high-quality training experience. The training consists of 13 sessions that are scaffolded to align with the domains of the test and prepare students with the tools they need to pass the exam.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need five years of experience for the CISSP certification?

For the CISSP certification, you do need five years of verified industry experience on top of passing the exam. However, there is an associate CISSP certification you can receive if you fall short of the time requirement. We suggest taking this course regardless of your industry experience or skill level—it’s a perfect base building course for general infosec knowledge and practice.

Which is better: CISSP or Security+?

There is no better or worse when it comes to security certifications. The choice should come with your goals in mind. Security+ is more of a starting point. The CISSP certification is more well-rounded—geared for the more professional long term. Many who get the Security+ certification end up needing a CISSP eventually.

Is CISSP in high demand?

Over the past few years, business leaders have woken up to the fact that they need employees with a true security mind and focus to help drive their business initiatives. Given this, and that the CISSP is widely considered the gold standard in security certifications, CISSPs are certainly in high demand.

Is CISSP equivalent to master's degree?

While the CISSP is not a direct equivalent to a Master’s Degree, it can be viewed similarly in some scenarios. When folks go and get an undergrad degree they do so to learn the fundamentals. The same is true for a Security+ certification.  Enrolling in a masters or MBA program then allows them to get practical education with the intent on putting it into real-world efforts. The CISSP is meant to focus on practical security application, and therefore is similar in that respect.

How much does the CISSP course cost?

While most CISSP courses cost a few thousand dollars, we offer our course free.


This program is now, always has been, and always will be free. It is led by volunteers whose mission is to fix the broken information security industry. One of the ways we can accomplish this is by removing barriers to entry in the infosec field.

You will only be responsible for purchasing the textbook and covering the exam costs should you decide to take it.

How do I register for this CISSP Training Program?

Sign up for free via Eventbrite 

What books or other materials do I need?

Main: Title: The Official (ISC)2 CISSP CBK Reference, Sixth Edition (Paperback) by Arthur J. Deane, & Aaron Kraus. Language: English ISBN-10: 111978990, ISBN-13: 978-1119789994

Not covered, but helpful: CISSP: 2 Books in 1: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Learn the Fundamentals of Information System Security + Tips and Strategies to Pass the CISSP Exam on Your First Attempt (Paperback) by Robert Preston. ISBN-13 : 979-8639674624

Can I get CPE credits for this course?

We are unfortunately unable to offer CPE credits to attendees for this course. Due to the way the course is structured, we cannot verify attendance for the sessions. However, for CISSP and CISM you can self report taking the course and claim CPEs that way.

How do I cancel my registration?

Attendees can cancel free registrations in the Tickets section of their Eventbrite account.

2023 Course Schedule

April 10: Introduction
April 12: Domain 1: Security & Risk Management
April 17: Domains 2 & 3: Asset Security & Security Architecture
April 19: Domain 3: Security Architecture & Engineering
April 24: BREAK
April 26: Domain 3: Security Architecture & Engineering
May 1: Domain 4: Communication & Network Security
May 3: Domain 4: Communication & Network Security
May 8: Domain 5: Identity & Access Management
May 10: BREAK
May 15: Domain 6: Security Assessment and Testing
May 17: Domain 7: Security Operations
May 22: Domain 7 & 8: Security Operations & Software Development Security
May 24: Review & Exam Prep
May 31: Final Exam Prep

Global Reach

Participants Span the Globe

The CISSP Mentorship program is available free of charge to anyone wanting to participate. The map below shows our program’s reach throughout the globe. Our 2022 program participants registered from 137 different countries; and we expect 2023 to be even more expansive.

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    What's it used for?

    Keep it FREE

    We use donations to help fund the programs. We are adamant that the programs we provide are at no or very little cost to participants.  

    Build New Programs

    We use donations to help build more program offerings and create meaningful and relevant curriculum.

    Extend our Reach

    We use donations to help extend our reach and attract a more diverse attendee pool.

    Extend our Resource Offerings

    Help us reach our goal of creating more resources for the InfoSec industry and creating a platform to connect job seekers with employers. 

    Individual Contributions

    Help us sustain our programming with a donation. Your gift will help us sustain the goal of providing educational opportunities for others at little to no cost.

    Become a Volunteer

    Interested in paying it forward? Are you an InfoSec expert passionate about fixing a broken industry? Help us sustain the mission by volunteering your time and expertise. There are many ways to get involved.

    Corporate Sponsorships

    Help us prepare the next generation of InfoSec experts. Find out more about opportunities for companies to get involved in expanding the mission.

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