DxCERTS℠ Curriculum

DxCERTS℠ Curriculum

DxCERTS℠ IT & NIST Cybersecurity Training Curriculum

Today, due to the ever changing threat landscape created by Digital Transformation (DX) programs (IoT, Mobile, Cloud etc.) and a very sophisticated network of threat actors (i.e., the bad guys) enterprises need to build a workforce capable of engineering, maintaining and improving the best practice frameworks and methodologies required to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from cyber-attacks.

itSM Solutions NISTCSF.COM is a global consortium of academic, government and industry thought leaders working together to create Digital Transformation (DX) IT and Cybersecurity Training Curriculum (DxCERTS℠) that teaches the knowledge, skills and abilities to operationalize the frameworks and methodologies created by the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) and other internationally recognized institutes and organizations.

The consortium’s focus is to create licensable assessment, curriculum and train-trainer-services that will provide an affordable and scalable way for other academic and commercial institutions to offer these programs as part of their IT & Cybersecurity workforce development program.

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itSM Solutions NISTCSF.COM role-based curriculum solutions enables enterprises to build a workforce capable of operationalizing, maintaining and improving IT & Cybersecurity best practice frameworks, methodologies and technologies across an enterprise and its supply chain.

itSM Solutions NISTCSF.COM UMass Lowell NIST Cybersecurity Framework NCSF-CFM certification training programs were recently featured in the National CyberWatch Center 2018 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education magazine.

Click here to learn more about our Curriculum Licensing and Train-the-Trainer programs.
Click here to read NIST Special Publication 800-181NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

Note: Items in RED are in the planning or development stage

Curriculum Delivery Formats

Video Instructor Led Self-Paced Video Training with Online Mentoring
Video Instructor Led Self-Paced Blended Team Training with with Self-Paced Videos and Digital Courseware plus
Instructor Led Online or Onsite Review Sessions
Instructor Led Onsite Public Open Enrollment Training Classes with Digital Book or Print Courseware
Instructor Led Onsite Team Training Classes with Digital Book or Print Courseware
Instructor Led Onsite Team Training with Self-Paced Videos and Digital Courseware
Instructor Led Virtual Public Open Enrollment Training Classes with Digital Book or Print Courseware
Instructor Led Virtual Team Training Classes with Digital Book or Print Courseware

Curriculum Benefits

  • NIST & NICE Aligned Curriculum
  • Role Based Training Curriculum with a focus on Engineering, Operations, Specialty Role & Risk Management professionals
  • Accredited, White Label Print, Digital Book and Video Certification Curriculum
  • Cyber Range Skills Training Programs and Advisory Services
  • 100% Priced Right – no student left behind
  • Client Branded Learning Management System (LMS) for Student Monitoring, Mentoring & Reporting Services
  • Instructor Led Delivery or Mentoring Sessions can be added to any program
  • Instructor Train-the Trainer Sessions delivered online – no travel required
  • Workforce Planning and Launch Services
  • New Curriculum Planning and Development Services

Career Pathway Programs

A full listing and description of the programs listed below can be found here

  • Cybersecurity Management (NIST Cybersecurity Framework, NIST 800-171 etc.)
  • Cyber Resilience Management (RESILIA)
  • IT Service Management (ITIL V3, ITIL V4)
  • IT Governance Management (COBIT5)
  • IT Project Management (PMP, PRINCE2, SCRUM, AGILE)
  • Software & Application Launch Management (DEVOPS & DEVSECOPS)
  • Cloud Management (AMAZON, AZURE etc.)
  • IoT (Awareness & Practitioner)
  • Enterprise Digital Transformation Management (IDT Foundation & Practitioner)
  • Enterprise AGILITY Management (AGILEshift)
  • Enterprise RISK Management (FAIR Institute)
  • Cybersecurity Workforce Development (NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework)
  • Cloud Security (Cloud Security Alliance)
  • Information Security (CISSP, CISA, CISM Security+, Ethical Hacker etc.)
  • Secure Coding (Software & Application Development)
  • Software Development (C+, C++, JAVA, PYTHON, RUBY, ANGULAR 5, ASP.NET etc.)
  • Network Engineering (Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA & VMware)
  • Microsoft Office (Office 365, SKYPE, Lynx, Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc.)
  • Business Skills (Communication Skills, Social Media, Accounting, Legal, HR etc.)


DxCERTS “All Access” Enterprise Subscription Program

The DxCERTS “All Access” enterprise subscription program enables enterprises of any size to assign to its organization the NIST/NICE IT and Cybersecurity training programs required to learn the knowledge, skills and abilities to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from cyber-attacks.

This affordable, easy to use training and management program not only helps organizations get the right training to the right person at the right time at the right price but also equips management teams (HR, Learning & Development and Department Managers) with the management and reporting tools necessary to ensure a successful training outcome for both the student and employer. The DxCERTS “All Access” subscription program also provides enterprises with the capability to create the “workforce skills report” that might be required during an internal or governmental audit of an organizations IT and Cybersecurity workforce.

A full listing and description of the programs listed below can be found here



Case Studies

Getting widespread adoption of a new method or way of working in such a large organization is no mean feat. ‘With over 700 domestic IT cast, we simply can’t adopt large-scale change overnight,’ he explains. ‘Where I talk about best practice and ITIL integration, at the start of the process, the staff only know how we do business. They are unaware of both ITIL and our interest in it. The first step is to make them part of Disney’s ITIL® Journey.

Click here to learn more about the enterprise program we built for Disney

Rick Lemieux from itSM Solutions was involved in helping the IRS roll out its ITIL training program from the beginning. ‘ITIL V3’s focus on continual service improvement and putting the customer first fit well with the IRS’s objectives, so we took some time educating the executive teams on the benefits of ITIL V3. This wasn’t a hard sell because everyone could see the synergy there, but understanding the fit doesn’t mean you can roll it out instantly.

Click here to learn more about the enterprise program we built for the IRS


NISTCSF.COM Consortium Partners

Click here to learn more about becoming a partner or author

The following companies have come together to provide the operational infrastructure to support the NISTCSF.COM curriculum consortium.

Reseller Partners
NISTCSF.COM has partnered with academic and private institutions to deliver the NISTCSF.COM assessment and workforce development programs. Inaugural partners include New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, LRS Education Services, University of West Florida, Bryant University, GRC Sphere and Babbage Simmel.

Print and Digital Book Distribution
NISTCSF.COM has partnered with Arvato Training & Education Services a global eCommerce platform an integrated eReader application which delivers print and digital book versions of the NISTCSF.COM curricula to students anywhere in the world. Arvato is currently the exclusive delivery partner for Microsoft training and consulting education solutions worldwide.

Platform Partners
NISTCSF.COM has partnered with leading Assessment, Learning Management and Simulation platform company’s to deliver affordable training solutions for today’s cyber enterprise. Inaugural partners include Career Academy and CyberSaint.

Authoring Partners
NISTCSF.COM’s inaugural program NIST Cybersecurity Framework – Controls Factory Model™ (NCSF-CFM), was built in partnership with UMass Lowell (UML) a NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R). NISTCSF.COM has since formed strategic partnerships with Axelos creator of the ITIL®, RESILIA® and PRINCE2 frameworks & methodologies, ISACA creator of the COBIT framework, The Institute for Digital Transformation creator of the Digital Enterprise Readiness Framework (DERF) and other academic and private industry partners to build out the rest of the NISTCSF.COM portfolio.

Publishing Partners
NISTCSF.COM has partnered with itSM Solutions to create assessment, remediation, certification and simulation training solutions for today’s cyber enterprise

Accreditation Partners
NISTCSF.COM has partnered with Acquiros and APMG for content accreditation and exam delivery services

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