CampusCISO Pricing & Membership Options

Higher education institutions can join CampusCISO for free. You can buy upgrades to use enhanced features or you can purchase affordable CISO coaching services.

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CampusCISO provides cybersecurity assessment and planning tools designed specifically for higher education institutions. 

Our pricing philosophy is to provide affordable and flexible options to fit the budget and needs of higher education institutions. To enable this, we offer a range of membership plans and services to help colleges and universities assess their current cybersecurity capabilities and plan for future improvements. 

CampusCISO Membership

You can choose from three CampusCISO pricing tiers, including the FREE Community edition.

  • CampusCISO Community membership provides access to the CYBER HEAT MAP capability assessment tool. This also enables you to research vendor options to help plan your cybersecurity improvements.
  • CampusCISO Essential membership provides additional reporting capabilities, including a readiness report to show how well your existing capabilities prepare you to meet requirements from the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and NIST 800-171.
  • CampusCISO Advanced membership lets you collaborate with your entire team. In addition to working together to complete the assessment, the team skills inventory helps you assess your team’s current strengths. It also helps create training plans that align with the rest of your capability assessment. 


Free cybersecurity capability assessment and planning tools designed for higher education
FREE for higher education institutions
  • CYBER HEAT MAP cybersecurity capability assessment
  • Report showing prioritized improvement recommendations
  • Explore vendor directory with over 700 cybersecurity solutions to research potential improvement options
  • Free support to research new vendors and add them to the directory
  • Single user (cannot share access to your assessment)


Additional planning features help strengthen your institution's cybersecurity capabilities
$ 999
per year
  • (Or $99.00 per month)
  • All COMMUNITY membership features
  • Benchmarking reports to compare your assessment to other institutions
  • Historical trend reports to track your program status over time
  • Compliance analysis report showing how your adopted capabilities support requirements
  • Single user (cannot share access to your assessment)​
  • Over $1,000 in discounts for optional paid workshops and services


Streamlined cybersecurity and workforce skills assessment and planning tool for universities
$ 1,999
per year
  • (Or $199.00 per month)
  • All COMMUNITY and ESSENTIAL membership features
  • Enhanced capability assessment with staff skills inventory module
  • Report showing prioritized staff training recommendations
  • Multi-user support to collaborate with team members
  • Over $2,000 in discounts for optional paid workshops and services

CampusCISO Coaching Services

Having worked in higher education for over two decades, we understand you need effective solutions that fit within tight budgets. That’s why our CISO coaching services are available with flexible pricing options to fit your budget constraints and cybersecurity program goals.

We built all of our coaching services around the CYBER HEAT MAP cybersecurity assessment method. This tool helps simplify how universities assess and plan for their future cybersecurity technology needs.

  • The CampusCISO Pathfinder quick start service provides expert guidance to review and help prioritize your cybersecurity program capabilities and goals. Once assessment is complete, we’ll help review your readiness to meet requirements from the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) and your readiness for the NIST 800-171 requirements being championed by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • A CampusCISO Navigator coaching retainer provides more comprehensive reviews and ongoing coaching sessions for an entire year. Besides helping complete the CYBER HEAT MAP capability assessment and review your readiness for NIST requirements, this option helps your team complete a skills inventory. Once your team’s skills inventory is complete, we work with your team managers to review potential training plans based on your gaps and improvement priorities.

CampusCISO PATHFINDER Quick Start Service

Get expert assistance virtually to review your cybersecurity program using the CYBER HEAT MAP assessment tool.
$ 2,999
  • Up to four (4) hours of virtual coaching assistance
  • Focus on reviewing technology capabilities
  • Understand your readiness to meet requirements such as NIST Cybersecurity Framework and NIST 800-171
  • Includes CampusCISO Advanced membership ($1,999 value)

In-Person Cybersecurity Strategy Workshop

Get expert assistance with an in-person strategy workshop to review your cybersecurity capabilities using the CYBER HEAT MAP assessment tool
$ 4,999
  • Flat rate includes all travel, lodging, and hourly fees
  • Up to eight (8) hours of coaching assistance at your campus location
  • Focus on reviewing technology capabilities
  • Understand your readiness to meet requirements such as NIST Cybersecurity Framework and NIST 800-171
  • Includes CampusCISO Advanced membership ($1,999 value)

CampusCISO NAVIGATOR Coaching Retainer

Ideal for larger institutions with complex vendor portfolios; CISOs who are new to the role; and CISOs who are new to higher education who want to understand academic institutions.
$ 19,999 Annual Retainer
  • ($14,999 / year discounted renewal rate)
  • Up to four (4) hours per month of virtual coaching assistance
  • Understand your readiness to meet requirements such as NIST Cybersecurity Framework and NIST 800-171
  • Expanded scope includes reviewing technology capabilities and helping shape your team skills development plans
  • Includes CampusCISO Advanced membership ($1,999 value)
  • OPTIONAL: Discount for in-person Strategy Workshop ($2,999 each)​

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You can sign up for a free Community membership on the CampusCISO website using a valid college or university email address. To upgrade to an Essential or Advanced membership, you can do so online after registering for the free Community membership.

CampusCISO accepts payment by credit card or purchase order.

Yes! You can upgrade or downgrade your membership plan at any time.

CYBER HEAT MAP is a cybersecurity capability assessment tool that helps colleges and universities assess their current cybersecurity capabilities and plan for future improvements. It is included with all CampusCISO membership plans.

We understand the challenges that colleges and universities face, including limited budgets and complex technology ecosystems.

After supporting higher education institutions of all sizes for over 20 years, we built an online community that reflects this need for affordable cybersecurity guidance to help colleges and universities simplify and strengthen their cybersecurity strategies.

We follow a simple core principle that makes us different from many consulting and vendor review services:

The tools you rely on to plan your cybersecurity strategy should NOT consume a significant percentage of your security budget.

Our free CampusCISO™ Community membership allows institutions to complete a cybersecurity capability assessment, research vendor solutions that can help address capability gaps, and review recommendations about improvements they should consider in their planning process.

As each new member completes their assessment, all of our members benefit from better insights into what cybersecurity capabilities higher education institutions have adopted and what vendor solutions are being used successfully to support these capabilities.

Many schools will find that the free features are enough to augment their security planning processes. For schools that want more advanced planning or team collaboration capabilities, our premium subscriptions offer many additional features.

We offer two premium membership tiers that provide additional features. These features include performing a gap analysis comparing your current cybersecurity capabilities against NIST requirements, having access to more robust reporting and planning tools, and the ability to collaborate with your entire information security team on the assessment process.

We also offer strategy workshops and CISO coaching retainers to help our members with added support for their cybersecurity planning. Most institutions can use the assessment tools without assistance, but coaching customers get an expert on “speed dial” who can streamline the process and help teams get more from the tool. These affordable coaching engagements give your team a boost to help review and plan your cybersecurity strategy.

Absolutely not! Your assessment answers are private to your account and the team members you invite to collaborate with you. (Team collaboration features are only available to paid Advanced membership subscribers.)

CampusCISO generates demographic data based on your answers to help the entire user community. We classify your answers using standard categories, such as whether your institution is public or private, enrollment size, etc. We do not link any of your answers to a specific institution in these demographic datasets. The demographic data helps us tailor recommendations for our members based on a broad view of the higher education cybersecurity landscape.