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NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) Practitioner Training

SS Course: 2001601

Course Overview


This course is designed for individuals within an organization who are directly involved in the planning, design, creation, implementation, and or improvement of a cybersecurity program that will follow the principles of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Although some aspects of the course are technical, this course also includes risk management, business controls, and other topics that would be of value to staff outside of the traditional technical audience.


Scheduled Classes

12/13/22 - LRS - LRS - Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)

What You'll Learn

  • Two-day deep dive into Foundation concepts
  • Focus on designing and implementing (or improving) a cybersecurity program to minimize risks and protect critical assets based on the NIST CSF.
  • A detailed analysis of various technical and business controls, including the Center for Internet Security 18 Critical Security Controls, the ISO 27001: 2013 Information Security Management System, and the ISO 27002: 2013 Code of Practice.


Viewing outline for:

Module 1: Course Introduction

Provides the student with information relative to the course and the conduct of the course in the classroom, virtual classroom, and course materials.

Module 2: The Components of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Review of the NIST CSF Major Components
Tiers and Tier selection
Current and Target Profiles and the Framework Core
Informative References
i. Center for Internet Security Controls v8
ii. ISO/IEC 27001:2013
iii. ISO/IEC 27002:2013
iv. NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 5
Supply Chain Risk Management in the Enterprise

Module 3: Risk Management in the NIST CSF and NIST RMF

Risk Management in the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
Analyzing the NIST Risk Management Framework
i. Introduction and History
ii. Purpose and Use Cases
iii. Six Steps
1. Categorize System
2. Select Controls
3. Implement Controls
4. Assess Controls
5. Authorize System
6. Monitor Controls
Integrating the Frameworks

MODULE 4: Real World Attacks

Major Cybersecurity Attacks and Breaches
Cyber Kill Chain

Module 5: Defense in Depth and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Defense in Depth and the NIST CSF
Zero Trust
Aligning vendor Controls with Subcategories
Security Operations Center (SOC) activities and Security Information and Event Management solutions in relation to the Framework

Module 6: Assessing Security in the Subcategories

Creating an Assessment Plan
Assigning Roles and Responsibilities
Tiers, Threats, Risks, Likelihoods, and Impact

Module 7: Creating a Written Information Security Programs (WISP)

The Intersection of Business and Technical Controls
What is a Written Information Security Program (WISP)?
Creating a WISP Template
Aligning Current Profile with a WISP

Module 8: A Practitioner’s Deep Dive into Creating or Improving a Cybersecurity Program

Step 1: Prioritize and Scope
a) Identifying organizational priorities
b) Aiding and influencing strategic cybersecurity implementation decisions
c) Determining scope of the implementation
d) Planning for internal adaptation based on business line/process need
e) Understanding risk tolerance
Step 2: Orient
a) Identifying systems and applications which support organizational priorities
b) Working with compliance to determine regulatory and other obligations
c) Planning for risk responsibility
Step 3: Create a Current Profile
a) Cybersecurity Assessment options
b) How to measure real world in relation to the Framework
c) Qualitative and quantitative metrics
d) Current Profile and Implementation Tiers
Step 4: Conduct a Risk Assessment
a) Risk assessment options (3rd party vs internal)
b) Organizational vs. system level risk assessment
c) Risk assessment and external stakeholders
Step 5: Create a Target Profile
a) Target Profile and Steps 1-4
b) External stakeholder considerations
c) Adding Target Profiles outside the Subcategories
Step 6: Determine, Analyze, and Prioritize Gaps
a) Defining and determining Gaps
b) Gap analysis and required resources
c) Organizational factors in creating a prioritized action plan
Step 7: Implement Action Plan
a) Implementation team design from Executives to Technical Practitioners
b) Assigning tasks when priorities conflict
c) Considering compliance and privacy obligations
d) Taking action
e) Reporting and reviewing

Module 9: Continuous Cybersecurity Improvement

Creating a continuous improvement plan
Implementing ongoing assessments



Individuals should have already taken the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) Foundation Training course or have significant experience with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

    Who Should Attend


    This course is suited for individuals working with and overseeing the technology of an organization, including:

    • CIO’s
    • IT Directors
    • IT Managers
    • IT Security Personnel
    • IT Staff

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