Local Portland Educational Opportunities

As the Director of Education for the Portland Chapter of ISSA, I have worked with the Board to identify educational options for each of you, our members. There are a number of options to enhance knowledge and advance individual careers.

Each option provides distinct opportunities and encounter various costs. I hope one or more meet your needs. If you have questions or comments about local security education opportunities, please direct them to education@portland.issa.org and I will address your questions and listen to your comments. I am working on additional resources and will post more as the year progresses.

Currently identified options:

  1. Mt Hood Community College in Gresham
  2. Portland SANS Instructor courses
  3. Local SANS courses
  4. Cybrary.it
  5. CISSP course through PCC


  1. Mt. Hood Community College has a Cyber Security and Network department! They have two 2-year associate degrees in Information Security as well as 3 certificate programs for continuing education. Each program focuses on a different aspect of Information Security and is built for students with different backgrounds and experience.
  2. I am a Community SANS Instructor and call Portland home. You can find my courses on my SANS page (most of mine are not local):
  3. SANS does provide local courses. Their local courses are found on their Oregon search:
  4. There are a number of online training sites. I list Cybrary.it because it is a new, free resource. They offer courses at many different levels: beginner, intermediate and leadership. This is a great price-point with an awesome mission.
  5. James and I provided a CISSP course through PCC in 2016 and we intend to keep this going. Look for our CISSP course in the Summer PCC catalog.

I hope each of you find a resource to help in your own career advancement. I am interested in your goals and how these resources either help or do not help in meeting those goals. My intent is to find resources to help our members, support our community, and advance the Information Security industry.

Thank you.
Brian Ventura
ISSA Portland
Director of Education

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