NIST Cyber Security Professional Practitioner

NIST Cyber Security Professional Practitioner

How to Engineer & Operationalize a cybersecurity program based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

NIST Cyber Security Professional Practitioner


This training is about understanding cybersecurity risks and the best approach to design and build a comprehensive technology focused cybersecurity program. And building a business focused cyber-risk management program that will minimize risks, and at the same time, protect critical assets.

Delivery format: Classroom, Virtual-Led & Self-Paced Online
Certification: NIST Cyber Security Professional Practitioner


The NIST Cyber Security Professional Practitioner course will educate you how to engineer, operationalize and improve a NIST Cybersecurity Framework Program. The NIST Cyber Security Professional Practitioner course is based on the NIST Cyber Security Framework (NCSF), a publication of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. NIST implements practical cybersecurity and privacy through outreach and effective application of standards and best practices necessary for organizations to adopt cybersecurity capabilities.

The NIST Cyber Security Framework (NCSF) provides a policy framework of computer security guidance for how organizations can assess and improve their ability to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks. It provides a high-level taxonomy of cybersecurity outcomes and a methodology to assess and manage those outcomes. Originally aimed at operators of critical infrastructure, the framework is now being used by a wide range of businesses and organizations, and helps shift organizations to a proactive approach to risk management. Internationally the framework has been adopted in over 27 countries, and Japan and Australia have made NCSF central to its Government programs.

The NIST Cyber Security Framework focuses on using business drivers to guide cybersecurity activities and considering cybersecurity risks as part of the organization’s risk management processes. The Framework consists of three parts: the Framework Core, the Implementation Tiers, and the Framework Profiles. The Framework Core is a set of cybersecurity activities, outcomes, and informative references that are common across sectors and critical infrastructure. Elements of the Core provide detailed guidance for developing individual organizational Profiles. Through use of Profiles, the Framework will help an organization to align and prioritize its cybersecurity activities with its business/mission requirements, risk tolerances, and resources. The Tiers provide a mechanism for organizations to view and understand the characteristics of their approach to managing cybersecurity risk, which will help in prioritizing and achieving cybersecurity objectives.

While the NCSF was developed to improve cybersecurity risk management in critical infrastructure, the Framework can be used by organizations in any sector or community. The Framework enables organizations – regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication – to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improving security and resilience. The Framework provides a common organizing structure for multiple approaches to cybersecurity by assembling standards, guidelines, and practices that are working effectively today. Moreover, because it references globally recognized standards for cybersecurity, the Framework can serve as a model for international cooperation on strengthening cybersecurity in critical infrastructure as well as other sectors and communities.

The Framework offers a flexible way to address cybersecurity, including cybersecurity’s effect on physical, cyber, and people dimensions. It is applicable to organizations relying on technology, whether their cybersecurity focus is primarily on information technology (IT), industrial control systems (ICS), cyber-physical systems (CPS), or connected devices more generally, including the Internet of Things (IoT). The Framework can assist organizations in addressing cybersecurity as it affects the privacy of customers, employees, and other parties. Additionally, the Framework’s outcomes serve as targets for workforce development and evolution activities.

Learning Objectives

The Cyber Security Practitioner certification program is designed to teach Engineering, Operations and Business Risk professionals how to design, implement, operate and continually improve a NIST Cybersecurity Framework program that will enable enterprises to identify protect, detect, respond and recover from cyber-attacks.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Framing the Problem – Establishes the context and rationale for the adoption and adaptation of the NIST-CSF using the Controls Factory Model.
  • The Controls Factory Model – Introduces the concept of a Controls factory model and the three areas of focus, the Engineering Center, the Technology Center, and the Business Center.
  • The Threats and Vulnerabilities – Provides an overview of cyber-attacks (using the Cyber Attack Chain Model), and the most common technical and business vulnerabilities.
  • The Assets and Identities – Provides a detailed discussion of asset families, key architecture diagrams, an analysis of business and technical roles, and a discussion of governance and risk assessment.
  • The Controls Framework – Provides a practitioner level analysis of the controls framework based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework version 1.1.
  • The Technology Controls – Provides a detailed analysis of the technical controls based on the Center for Internet Security 20 Critical Security Controls.
  • The Security Operations Center (SOC) – Provides a detailed analysis of Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM) purpose and capabilities.
  • Technical Program Testing and Assurance – Provides a high-level analysis of technology testing capabilities based on the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS).
  • The Business Controls – Provides a high-level analysis of the business controls based on the ISO 27002:2013 Code of Practice. Includes the controls clauses, objective, and implementation overview. The business controls are in support of ISO 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS).
  • Workforce Development – Provides a review of cybersecurity workforce demands and workforce standards based on the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF).
  • The Cyber Risk Program – Provides a review of the AICPA Proposed Description Criteria for Cybersecurity Risk Management.
  • Cybersecurity Program Assessment – Provides a detailed review of the key steps organizations can use for conducting a Cybersecurity Program Assessment.
  • Cyber-risk Program Assessment – Provides a review of the Cyber Risk Management Program based on the five Core Functions of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

Target Audience

For IT, Business and Cyber Security professionals who will play an active or passive role in engineering, operationalizing and continually improving an organizations NIST Cybersecurity Framework program.

Exam Structure

  • 65 multiple choice questions
  • 120 minute exam
  • Pass Mark – 60% (39 marks)
  • Closed book
  • Paper based and online exams available


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