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NISTCSF.COM is a NIST Cybersecurity Curriculum Consortium (NCCC) created by itSM Solutions in partnership with thought leaders from academia, private industry and government to create standardized NIST cybersecurity training curriculum capable of enabling the NIST NICE cybersecurity workforce required to protect the nations critical infrastructures and information assets.

This consortium will provide high schools, community colleges, universities and private training companies access to a standardized set of print, digital book and video NIST Cybersecurity curriculum that can be delivered in a classroom, virtual classroom, as a self paced video or a blended learning training program.

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Professionalizing Cybersecurity – A path to universal standards and status

The genesis of the NISTCSF program was a Professionalizing Cybersecurity report written by Francesca Spidalieri a Cyber Leadership Fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University and Lt. Colonel Sean Kern, USAF, CISSP, Cyberspace Operations Officer, is currently assigned as a student at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University.
The report addresses the widening gap between the supply of qualified information security
professionals and the demand for skilled workers to secure critical infrastructure and
cyberspace. It sheds light on the current status of the cybersecurity labor market,
which is best characterized as a fog of competing requirements, disjointed development
programs, conflicting definitions of security roles and functions, and highly fragmented,
competing, and often confusing professional certifications. The report proposes an alternative to the current, ad hoc, decentralized approach to cybersecurity workforce development. Instead, the report proposes the creation of a national professional association in cybersecurity to solidify the field as a profession, to support individuals engaged in this profession, to establish professional standards and prescribe education and training, and, finally, to support the public good. The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Bar Association provide similar functions in their respective fields.

NISTCSF.COM Cybersecurity Curriculum Pathways

The NISTCSF.COM program is built around the following cybersecurity curriculum pathways.

NISTCSF.COM Publishing, Accrediation, Distribution and Delivery Partners

The following companies have banded together to create an agile cybersecurity curriculum development and delivery collaborative that will enable high schools, community colleges, universities and private training companies from across the globe to offer basic, advanced, industry specific and specialty training curriculum that will train and certifiy the global cybersecurity workforce on programs like the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, GDPR and other best practice frameworks and standards.

itSM Solutions a global publisher of print, digital book and self paced video training curriculum for global best practice certification training programs

Acquiros a U.S. based ISO 17024 certification body for content accreditation and exam services

Arvato Training & Education Services, a global eCommerce platform for learning partner recruitment and management plus an integrated eReader application which delivers interactive eBook and print versions of the NISTCSF.COM courseware anywhere in the world

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers the world’s largest independent IT training company with over 300 locations in 70 countries. Additional delivery partners can be found by clicking on the deliver partner tab at the top of this page.

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NISTCSF.COM Curriculum Development Partners

NISTCSF.COM 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). This innovative NIST cybersecurity framework (NCSF) training program was built around an NCSF Controls Factory™ (NCSF-CFM) model created by Larry Wilson, CISO in the university president’s office. The program was used to train the engineering, operations and business teams responsible for operationalizing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Program controls (CIS 20 Critical Controls, ISO27002 etc.) across the university five campuses. The program has since been used by other universities and colleges throughout New England to do the same.

The UML NCSF-CFM 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

An article written about the UMass program can be found here

More information about the UMass Lowell NIST Cybersecurity Framework Controls Factory™ Model certification training program can be found here

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