NIST Cybersecurity Framework Training
NISTCSF.COM is a NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) training solution brought to you by itSM Solutions LLC and UMass Lowell.
The program is built around a controls factory model created by the university’s chief information security officer that teaches organizations how to build, test, maintain and continually improve a cybersecurity program based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF).
The NCSF Control Factory™ model helps enterprises organize the Engineering, Technical and Business functions of an NCSF program. The model is completely adaptable, which means that each of the modules can easily be updated, replaced or modified with minimal impact on the overall solution. Organizations are free to choose the minimum set of controls its need to improve its cybersecurity risk profile and then over time adopt additional controls that will take it to a higher cybersecurity state. The factory approach allows for changes in the cybersecurity threat landscape, new vulnerabilities and the addition of improvements while still keeping a focus on the critical assets and identities.
The UMass Lowell program and its author have won the following industry awards:
• Security Magazine’s Most Influential People in Security, 2016
• SANS People Who Made a Difference in Cybersecurity Award, 2013
• Information Security Executive (ISE) nominee for Executive of the Year for North America, 2013
• ISE North America Project Award Winner I for the Academic and Public Sector Category, 2013
NISTCSF.COM Certification Training Programs
The NCSF Foundation Certification Course, which is available via instructor-led sessions or online video, teaches outlines current cybersecurity challenges and explains how organizations that implement an NCSF program can mitigate these risks. This program is focused on candidates who need a basic understanding of the NCSF to perform their daily jobs as executives, business professionals or information technology professionals.
The NCSF Practitioner Certification Course, also available via instructor-led sessions or online video, details the current cybersecurity challenges plus teaches in depth the UMass Lowell NCSF Control Factory Methodology on how to build, test, maintain and continually improve a cybersecurity program based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. This program is focused on candidates who need a detailed understanding of the NCSF to perform their daily roles as cybersecurity engineers, testers or operations professionals.
All programs come with a certificate of completion and continuing education credits, such as PDU and CEUs. itSM students who successfully complete the certification and meet university requirements may transfer credits and enroll in one of UMass Lowell’s master’s degree programs in information technology, such as network security or cybersecurity.
Those interested in taking the courses may find that programs such as workforce development, the G.I. Bill, apprenticeships, internships, employers and others will fund their participation.
The NCSF INFOSEC Certification Training Library, available via online video, prepares candidates to sit for the IT (CompTIA, Cisco etc.) and information security (ISC², ISACA, CompTIA etc.) certification exams aligned with the work and specialty roles outlined in the NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF).
All programs come with a printable student workbook, certificate of completion and continuing education credits, such as PDU and CEUs.
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