Twin Cities 2016 CISSP Study Group

I got this announcement yesterday and thought I’d post it here for interested cybersecurity professionals.


The 2016 CISSP Study Group for (ISC)2 “Common Body of Knowledge Examination” is forming with the first session starting Feb 23, 2016.  The study group is scheduled to last until June 28.

The board of directors of both the Minnesota Chapter of ISSA and the Twin Cities Minnesota (ISC)2 Chapter agreed to sponsor a CISSP Study Group.  “Our goal is to assist members of this group as they prepare for the (ISC)2 CISSP Common Body of Knowledge examination.”  The targeted audience is anyone who wishes to pursue more knowledge of the 8 CISSP Domains through discussions with other security related professionals.  At other locations across the country, this type of study group have assisted others in preparing for and passing the CISSP exam.  Several members of the study group offered last year received their CISSP certification and have attributed their success to this type of study group.

Each evening, the study group will review one of the 8 domains in the “Common Body of Knowledge” as defined by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (  The domains will be presented via lecture by an area security professional (usually a CISSP-certified individual).  Following the lecture, the floor will be opened for comments and questions on the subject matter of the evening.  Due to space limitations, the study group will be limited to the first 30 who sign up and pay the refreshment/food fee ($100).

Limitations and disclaimer:
None of the sponsors; the Twin Cities Minnesota (ISC)2 Chapter and the Minnesota Chapter of ISSA, study group presenters, nor the State of Minnesota,  guarantees any study group member success in passing the CISSP exam; what we offer is an attempt to assist the study group members with reinforcing their knowledge of the 8 CISSP CBK domains.

Meeting time is 6:30 – 9:00 pm on every other Tuesday nights beginning February 23, 2016 and will continue to June 28, 2016.  The sessions will be offered at offered at 2829 University Avenue S.E., Minneapolis.  Refreshments and dinner (pizza) will be served. Study group members are encouraged to purchase a current version of any of the CISSP texts available.


Thank you,

Mike Janes, CISSP – President
Amber Kashmark, CISSP – Vice President
Bob Weiss, CEH, MCSE – Secretary
Scott Stone, CISSP, GSEC, MCSE – Treasurer
Eric Osterberg, CISSP – Membership
Rob Edinger, CISSP, MSIA, PCIP – Board Member at Large


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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