Become An NCSF Content Licensing Partner

Become An NCSF Content Licensing Partner

The NIST Cybersecurity Curriculum Consortium inaugural licensing program 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 program created by Larry Wilson CISO in the UMass President’s office, is designed to teach the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities to Design and Build a Cybersecurity Program Based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework using the UMass Controls Factory™ Model.

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The UMass Controls Factory™ Model in an agile approach to operationalizing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and its controls (CIS 20 Critical Controls, ISO27002 etc.) across an enterprise and its supply chain.

The program teaches the knowledge, skills and abilities to:

    • Develop a strategy to adopt the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) and other cybersecurity programs (GDPR etc.)
    • Create a Cybersecurity Program that will become policy for an organization or industry association
    • Engineer a solution to operationalize the cybersecurity program across an enterprise and its supply chain using the UMass Lowell NCSF Controls Factory™ Model (NCSF-CFM)
    • Build and Operate a Security Operations Center (SOC) to continuously monitor and respond to changes in the cybersecurity profile documented in the cybersecurity program
    • Conduct continuous Business Risk assessments to compare the current profile against the target profile (documented in the program) to identify any gaps that need to be addressed
    • Prepare for the IT, Information Security and Business Skill certification exams outlined in the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF)

NCSF-CFM Curriculum Catalog

Curriculum options for the UMass Lowell NCSF-CFM program are listed below. Curriculum can be delivered as part of a university degree or continuing education program.

All programs come with a certificate of completion and continuing education credits, such as PDU and CEUs. Students who successfully complete the certification program and its exam 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.

NCSF-CFM Foundation Certification Training with Exam – This one day program teaches the fundamentals of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the UMass Lowell Controls Factory™ Model. The program is targeted at IT and Business professionals who need a basic understanding of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and its role within an organization. The program can be delivered in an instructor led classroom or virtual classroom or as a self-paced mentored video training or blended learning program. The NCSF-CFM Foundation Course Datasheet & Outline can be found here

NCSF-CFM Practitioner Certification Training with Exam – This four day program teaches the advanced skills necessary to engineer, operate and manage the business risk of a NIST Cybersecurity Framework program. The program is designed for IT and Business professionals who will play an active role in the design and management of an NCSF program. The program can be delivered in an instructor led classroom or virtual classroom or as a self-paced mentored video training or blended learning program. The NCSF-CFM Practitioner Course Datasheet & Outline can be found here

NCSF-CFM IT & Information Security Certification Video Training Library – This video training library provides access to 190+ video training programs to prepare for ISC2 (CISSP, SSCP etc.), ISACA (CISA, CISM), CompTIA (Security+ A+, Network+ Linux+ etc.), Mile2 (Certified Ethical Hacker, Pen Tester etc.), Cisco (CCNA etc.), Microsoft (MCSE etc.) VMware, PMI (PMP, RMP etc.), SCRUMstudy (SCRUM Master etc.), Axelos (ITIL, Prince2, RESILIA) and General Business Skills (Accounting, HR, Communication Skills etc.). The NCSF-CFM IT & Information Security Corse Datasheet and Outline can be found here

NCSF-CFM Boot Camp Certification Training with Exam – This five day boot camp combines the NCSF-CFM Foundation + Practitioner classes into a one week program. The program can be delivered in an instructor led classroom or virtual classroom or as a self-paced mentored video training or blended learning program with just one exam at the end. The NCSF-CFM Boot Camp Course Datasheet & Outline can be found here.

NCSF-CFM Boot Camp Certification Training with NCWF Certification Training Library –This five day boot camp combines the NCSF-CFM Foundation + Practitioner classes into a one week program. The program can be delivered in an instructor led classroom or virtual classroom or as a self-paced mentored video training or blended learning program with just one exam at the end. This program also provides 3 Months online access to the NCSF-CFM IT & Information Security Video Training Library The NCSF-CFM Boot Camp Course Datasheets & Outlines can be found above.

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Oceans 99 Simulation/Gamification Program Training – ½ Day Program Oceans 99 Course Datasheet & Outline can be found here

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

NISTCSF.COM Curriculum Licensing Details

Once the itSM Solutions curriculum deliver partner agreement is complete, itSM Solutions and its content delivery partner Arvato will work with partner to set up the operational infrastructure to deliver classroom, virtual classroom, self paced mentored video and blended learning training programs. All content is white label so partners have the option to leverage its brand in the offering.

Classroom, Technology and Staff Requirements
There is no technology required to deliver the NCSF-CFM programs. The only staff required is an instructor that itSM Solutions or the partner provides

Financial Model
There is no upfront investment required to become an itSM Solutions NISTCSF.COM reseller partner. Curriculum Licensing, instructor, exams and video training fees are listed in the reseller agreement. Administrative or academic support fees may apply for services partner would like to outsource to itSM Solutions

Revenue Model

Primary partner revenue model will include:
• Open Enrollment Registrations for Classroom and Virtual Classroom Instructor led NCSF programs
• Self Paced Video NCSF Programs
• Exams

Additional partner revenue models will include:
• NCSF Assessments
• NCSF Consulting
• NCSF SOC Continuous Monitoring Services

Student funding sources will be:

• Apprenticeships
• Grants
• GI Bill
• Project or Program Monies
• HR Monies

Marketing & Communications Model

Building a cybersecurity panel to build awareness in the marketplace and a sense of urgency
itSM will work with partner to build awareness and a sense of urgency for the NISTCSF program. itSM will help partner focus its messaging around Presidential Executive Order 13800, the cybersecurity compact recently signed by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the work that is going on in the private sector regarding cybersecurity in the nations critical sectors (DoD, Financial Services, Energy, Healthcare etc.) itSM will also work with partners to help them obtain the endorsements they need from both political and business leaders on this topic

Target audience
All businesses, governments, nonprofits and academic institutions with IT infrastructures and access to the Internet.

Recruitment program
itSM will help partners launch a campaign that focuses on “Are You Up for the Challenge” to help your government and employers protect the nation’s most critical assets and its citizens

• Branding, with market validated Value Proposition
Besides UMass which has a great story, our goal is to get other universities and businesses to share their stories on how the NISTCSF.COM cybersecurity workforce development program allowed them to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities to make their organization more secure and resilient.

Academic Model
Currently, all programs are eligible for college credits from the American Business & Technology University. The UMass Practitioner course is eligible for college credits from UMass. All programs are also eligible for continuing education credits like PDU’s and CEU’s. itSM is willing to work with academic partners to create credentials around their brands etc.

Success Metrics, Continuous Improvement Model
Our success metrics and continuous improvement model is based on an accredited quality management system we have in place with the certification exam agency Acquiros. This system is where we monitor student feedback and over pass scores.

Governance Model
The governance model will be established by itSM Solutions and Acquiros an ISO 17204 accredited certification exam agency. All partners will be required to sign a itSM Solutions/UMass Lowell reseller agreement which provides the guidelines for the reseller to operate under. Random audits of partners will be conducted the certification exam agency to ensure compliance with the agreement.

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