NIST Cybersecurity Video Certification Training
UMass Lowell NCSF-CFM Certification Training
NISTCSF.COM inaugural 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 NIST cybersecurity 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 NCSF Control Factory™ model helps enterprises organize the Engineering, Operations and Business Risk 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 UML NCSF-CFM certification training programs help organizations learn the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) to:
• Develop a strategy to adopt the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) and other cybersecurity programs (GDPR etc.)
• Create a Written Information Security Program (WISP) that will become policy for an organization or industry association
• Engineer a solution to operationalize the WISP 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 WISP
• Conduct continuous Business Risk assessments to compare the current profile against the target profile (documented in the WISP) to identify any gaps that need to be addressed
• Prepare for the Certification exams outlined in the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF)
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
NCSF-CFM Certification Training Programs
The NCSF-CFM 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.
The NCSF-CFM 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 engineer, test, operate and continually improve a NIST Cybersecurity Framework program. This program is focused on candidates who need a detailed understanding of the NCSF to perform their daily roles as cybersecurity engineers, testers, operators and business risk professionals.
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.
The NCSF-CFM NICE Certification Video Training Library, available via online video, prepares candidates to sit for the IT (CompTIA, Cisco etc.), Information Security (ISC², ISACA, CompTIA etc.), ITSM (ITIL®, Cobit), Project Management (PMI, Prince2, AGILE, SCRUM) 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.
NCSF-CFM Cybersecurity Operations Training Center (COTC) – UML has developed a Cybersecurity Operations Training Center (COTC) model that enables students to receive advanced training and hands on cybersecurity experience while delivering NIST Cybersecurity assessment, testing and continuous monitoring services to businesses and governments not capable of doing it themselves. Students who attend the UML program not only graduate with a degree but also with professional certification and hands-on experience.Request More Information About COTC
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