Application Period: Closed

Academy Dates: August 1 – September 27, 2019

What Is ISLA?

The Information Security Leadership Academy (ISLA) is a rigorous program aimed at preparing candidates for the critical roles of Information Security Officer (ISO), Agency Information Security Officer (AISO), or an expanded role within their department’s security office. The Academy incorporates security best practices, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) risk and security control frameworks, California-specific policy, standards and compliance, and information security program management skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with the State’s security leaders and take part in a dynamic simulation experience. The total program cost is $5,000 per participant. ISLA registration is open to information security personnel, tech-savvy IT, and aspiring ISOs passionate about security.

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How It Works

ISLA participants will develop their security skills through formal classroom training that includes a certification exam. Students will receive advanced training on state specific security requirements/compliance and expand their leadership skills. Program participants learn from experts, participate in practical workshops, and complete an incident response simulation exercise. ISLA class sponsors, managers, and coaches mentor students throughout the program.

Professional Development

Participants attend CompTIA Security+ training that includes the certification exam and will acquire formal training on FIPs 199, 200, and the Risk Management Framework (RMF). The training program also includes coursework in Effective Change Strategies and How to Be an Internal Consultant. ISLA provides the environment for participants to network with similar security professionals throughout the program.

How To Apply

The ISLA application period is now closed. Please contact Office of Professional Development for questions and further information at

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost for the ISLA?

The cost is $5,000 per participant.


When does the ISLA start and end?

ISLA runs from August 1st – September 27th.


What level of expertise and experience are you seeking from a candidate?

ISLA registration is open to information security personnel, tech-savvy IT, and aspiring ISOs passionate about security.


How many days per week are the training sessions for this academy?

The training schedule varies depending on the week, students can anticipate attending class 3-5 days a week. There are 27 days of formal instruction.


What are the core hours for the training?

Classes will start promptly at 8:30am and end at 4:30pm


What specific topics are covered in the curriculum, and how in depth is the training?

The course topics have been carefully selected to provide a mindful blend of both technical and soft skills critical for the state’s information security workforce. Many courses are 2 to 5 day sessions, utilizing the entire week for training.

Specific topics are the following:

  • CompTIA S+ including certification exam (5 days)
  • Effective Presentations (3 days)
  • Change Management (2 days)
  • FIPS 199/200 and NIST Risk Management Framework (5 days)
  • How to be an Internal Consultant (1 day)
  • Field trip: CDT SOC, California Cybersecurity Integration Center (1 day)
  • ISO Foundations (3 days)
  • Digital First Responder and table top exercise (2 days)
  • Leadership Foundations (1 day)
  • Getting to know you (1/2 day)
  • Leadership Challenges with Chief Scott Howland (1/2 day)


Where will the training be held?

All training sessions will be held at the California Department of Technology’s Training and Education Center in Rancho Cordova, located at 10860 Gold Center Drive. Parking is free.

Field trip is in Rancho Cordova and surrounding area.


Do I have to attend all the training sessions to remain in the academy?

ISLA is an 8 week commitment and requires full participation in the formal training.