Walsh College

Chief Information Security Officer Certificate (CISO)

Building on previous knowledge, this certificate will allow you the ability to manage an organizational security program in either the private or public sector in the global marketplace. The goal of the certificate is to prepare you to assist organizations with their security management, outsourcing, and compliance requirements while preparing you for the CISM certification exam.

Admissions Criteria
Available to individuals holding a bachelor's or master's degree. Applicant must possess a bachelor's or master's degree in a computer-related field or provide documented competency in the area of computer security. A minimum of one of the following is required:

  • Security+ Certification
  • CIW Security Certification
  • Network+ Certification
  • Microsoft Certification (MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS)
  • Novell Certification (CNA, CNE, MCNE)
  • CISCO Certifications (CCNA, CCNE, CCIE)
  • Security Certifications (CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CISSP, SSCP, CPP, CRISC)


Two years of verifiable professional-level, full-time work experience in network design/development/administration or information assurance.


Successfully complete with a grade of "C" (2.000) or better:
  • BIT 501  Information Systems Methodology
  • BIT 502  Program Design and Development 
  • BIT 525  Fundamentals of Networks and Telecommunications

Foundation Course

BIT 546            Information Systems Security 
BIT 571            Building an Information Protection Program
BIT 572            Information Security Safeguards
BIT 573            Information Systems Threat Assessment
BIT 574            Cryptography

 Required Courses

BIT 561           Fundamentals of Project Management
IA 570             CISO Skills
MGT 501         Management, Organizational Learning and Change
BIT 540/580    IT Management, Governance, Compliance OR Secure Management


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