NIST Cybersecurity Workforce Training

NIST Cybersecurity Workforce Training

In May of 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13800 for “Strengthening The Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure”. Call to Actions included:

Effective immediately, each agency head shall use The NIST Cybersecurity Framework to manage the agency’s cybersecurity risk.

Further, the United States seeks to support the growth and sustainment of a workforce that is skilled in cybersecurity and related fields to achieve our objectives in cyberspace.

NISTCSF.COM is a NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) workforce development program brought to you by itSM Solutions LLC and UMass Lowell a NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R).

This innovative cybersecurity workforce development program is built around an NCSF Controls Factory™ model created by Larry Wilson, CISO in the university president’s office to engineer, operate and govern a NIST Cybersecurity Program across the university’s five campuses. Since its inception, the program has also been adopted by multiple universities and colleges in the New England area.

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The NCSF Control Factory™ model helps enterprises organize the Engineering, Operations and Business Governance 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

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NCSF Workforce Development Program

The itSM/UMass NCSF workforce development program is built around three training tracks that teach individuals and organizations “how to” Engineer, Operate and Manage the Business Governance functions of a NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) Program. Each learning track also aligns with the workforce categories outlined in the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

NCSF 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.

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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.

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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 NICE Certification Training Library, available via online video, prepares candidates to sit for the IT (CompTIA, Cisco etc.), Information Security (ISC², ISACA, CompTIA etc.) and Business Skill (Microsoft, Communication 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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