NCSF Certification

NCSF Certification

NISTCSF.COM inaugural training 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).

The UMass Lowell NIST Cybersecurity Framework – Controls Factory Model (NCSF-CFM) training program was created by Larry Wilson the CISO in the UMass 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, PCI, AICPA etc.) across the university five campuses and its supply chain. The NCSF-CFM program has since been used to train other universities, governments and private corporations to do the same.

NCSF-CFM Training Program Overview

The program teaches the knowledge, skills and abilities to:

    • Develop a strategy to educate executives and board members about the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) and why they should allocate funding to launch and maintain a program
    • 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)

The 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

NCSF-CFM Classroom and Video Training Programs

Purchase an NCSF-CFM self-paced video class or register for an NCSF-CFM instructor led classroom program from one of the NISTCSF.COM training partners listed below.

Buy a NCSF-CFM Self-Paced Video Training Class
Register for an New Horizons NCSF-CFM Class
Register for an LRS NCSF-CFM Class

NCSF-CFM Foundation Certification Training – 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.

NCSF Foundation Course Datasheet, Outline and Exam information

NCSF-CFM Practitioner Certification Training – 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.

NCSF-CFM Practitioner Course Datasheet, Outline and Exam information

NCSF-CFM Boot Camp Certification Training – 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.

NCSF-CFM Boot Camp Course Datasheet, Outline and Exam information

NICE NCWF 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.).

NCSF-CFM IT & Information Security Course Datasheet, Outline and Exam information

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.

 

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