FRSecure CISSP Mentor Program

What is FRSecure's CISSP Mentor Program?

Our way of helping to fill the shortage of security experts

A report recently published by Associated Press indicate over 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide and 750,000 in the United States alone.

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.

Thank you for attending our 2024 session! Information on next year's CISSP Mentor Program will be available in early 2025.
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2024 Instructors

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Evan Francen



Brad Nigh

Brad Nigh

Principal Security Consultant


Ryan Cloutier

Ryan Cloutier

CISO & Chief Visionary

Synaptech Services

Ron Woerner

Ron Woerner

CEO & President


Chris Foulon

Chris Foulon

Cyber Risk Consultant/Coach

CPF Coaching

Stay in Touch With Discord!

You can use the official 2023 CISSP Training Program Server on Discord to connect with fellow students, ask questions, and engage with the instructors throughout the mentor program. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Classes are streamed live from 6-8 PM CT. Recordings are available after the fact via YouTube.

April 8: Introduction
April 10: Domain 1: Security & Risk Management
April 15: Domain 7: Security Operations
April 17: Domain 7 & 2: Security Operations & Asset Security
April 22: Optional Study Group
April 24: Domain 6: Security Assessment and Testing
April 29: Domain 4: Communication & Network Security
May 1: Domain 4: Communication & Network Security
May 6: Domain 5: Identity & Access Management
May 8: Optional Study Group
May 13: Domain 3: Security Architecture and Engineering
May 15: Domain 3: Security Architecture and Engineering
May 20: Domain 3 & 8 Security Architecture and Engineering & Software Development Security
May 22: Review & Exam Prep
May 27: Break for Memorial Day
May 29: Final Review & Exam Prep

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

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.

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

2023 Course Materials

While we don’t charge attendees anything for our annual CISSP Mentor Program, there are costs associated with running the course each year. For the first time ever in 2024, we are now able to accept donations through InfoSec Pathways, our non-profit organization we established last year to create opportunities and address inequities across the security industry. 

Donations will be used to offset the cost of the CISSP Mentor Program, and fund other security training initiatives.

Want to contribute to this year's CISSP mentor program?