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(ISC)²®, Concordia University College of Alberta Agreement Aims to Bridge Cybersecurity Workforce Gap

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, January 12, 2015 (ISC)²®, the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with over 100,000 members worldwide, today announced an agreement naming Concordia University College of Alberta (CUCA), as a new member of the (ISC)² Global Academic Program (GAP).


Concordia University College of Alberta (CUCA) has been offering information systems security programs since 2000. In 2006, CUCA started the Master of Information Systems Security Program (MISSM) after receiving Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC) approval for the graduate degree program.


The huge success of the MISSM program lead to the launch of the master of Information Systems Assurance management (MISAM) in 2011. Since 2006, many graduates from CUCA’s information Systems graduate programs have gone on the very successful careers in government, industry and consulting. Some have even gone on to doctoral programs and research in information security.


CUCA’s programs are the leading programs in Canada in information systems security and assurance. In 2011, eight of the ten Canadian papers presented at the MIT conference “Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (PASSAT)” were from MISSM graduates. Visit the MISSM/MISAM research page at


Through the agreement, (ISC)² will provide thousands of students and professionals across Canada with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and industry certifications they need to enter the high-demand, high-paying cybersecurity workforce. This collaborative initiative is an important part of the GAP’s aim to establish a joint framework for industry-academic cooperation to bridge the workforce gap between the increasing demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals and the amount of skilled professionals entering the industry.


“Recognized as the global leader in gold standard information security certification and education, (ISC)² has developed and continually refined the (ISC)² common body of knowledge (CBK®) over the last 25 years to reflect the evolving threat landscape and accepted standards of practice for this burgeoning industry,” said Dr. Jo Portillo, manager, Global Academic Program, (ISC)². “This agreement with CUCA will allow us to advance our vision to inspire a safe and secure cyber world by incorporating our CBK directly into the global academic community.”


“We are very excited about this agreement, and plan to offer a CISSP review course at CUCA that our students and other security professionals can take to not only best prepare for successfully writing the challenging CISSP exam; but, to earn credit toward the MISSM and MISAM degrees. This agreement also makes CUCA an official (ISC)² CPE provider.


"In short, the GAP alliance will help us to provide more options for students in our graduate information security and assurance programs, as well as other Canadian information systems security professionals looking for a live CISSP classroom training alternative offered in Alberta on a regular basis,” said Ron Ruhl, CISSP, Concordia’s MISSM and MISAM program chair.


For information or to register for the upcoming information security training seminars offered at Concordia, please visit For more information or to become a member of the (ISC)² Global Academic Program, please visit


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About Concordia University College of Alberta
Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Concordia was founded in 1921 by Lutheran Church-Canada and is governed by an elected and appointed Board of Governors. Concordia is committed to the highest standards in education, spiritual care, service, and professional conduct and to the delivery of the best university programs for undergraduate, graduate and after-degree students; and is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS).


About (ISC)²®
Formed in 1989 and celebrating its 25th anniversary, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with over 100,000 members in more than 160 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®