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The CIAS is focused on empowering cybersecurity practitioners with real-world knowledge and skills to meet today’s security demands – and prevent tomorrow’s cyber threats. By helping individuals build up their cybersecurity professional capabilities, we can work toward a better prepared and knowledgeable national workforce.

Through low-cost and no-cost professional training solutions, we can guide you on the next step of your career with certification prep courses and awareness training.

To effectively support cybersecurity workforce development within organizations – for both technical and non-technical team members – we provide the following professional cybersecurity certification and other resources. More information on these resources is below.

Certification Prep Courses

The CIAS offers certification preparation courses that are designed to focus your experience and knowledge on objectives and content needed to pass a certification exam.

These preparation classes are taught live, whether in-person or virtually, by seasoned UTSA instructors. All prep courses feature continuous testing and reinforcement of materials to prepare all participants for certification exams.

See the sections below to learn about each of our Prep Courses and to register.

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Certified Information Systems Security Professional Prep Course

This live, online course prepares information security professionals for the CISSP examination.

The following eight domains of the (ISC)² CISSP Common Body of Knowledge will be covered in this course:

  • Security and Risk Management
  • Asset Security
  • Security Engineering
  • Communications and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security Assessment and Testing
  • Security Operations
  • Software Development Security

Multiple practice tests will be used throughout the course.




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CompTIA Security+ Prep Course

This course prepares IT/Security professionals for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. Lectures cover all five examination domains required for the CompTIA Security+ exam in detail. Hands-on labs are included in this course to allow participants to apply their knowledge.

The following domains specified by CompTIA Security+ examination objectives will be covered in the course:

  • Network Security
  • Compliance and Operational Security
  • Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Application, Data and Host Security
  • Access Control and Identity Management
  • Cryptography

Multiple practice tests will be used throughout the course.




CIAS-ISAO Educational Resources

Focused on community cybersecurity programs, the CIAS-ISAO iniative is designed to help states, tribes, local jurisdictions and territories to establish comprehensive cybersecurity programs. This effort includes educating all individuals within a community – both technical and non-technical, professional and non-professional.

The CIAS-ISAO offers three membership levels – beginning with a free membership level to give members access to educational resources throughout the year at NO COST. These free resources are accessible in the form of educational articles and one-hour webinars. Free-level members can attend the live webinars at no cost and gain access to articles at any time.

However, Level 2 and 3 membership levels receive additional benefits for minimal cost. These benefits include, but are not limited to: