Executives, managers, and IT staff all have a stake in cybersecurity.

In May of 2017, a Presidential Executive Order (Order 13800) was signed that requires all Federal agencies to use the Framework that was created by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to improve cybersecurity for critical infrastructure throughout the United States.  It is a guide to analyze risk and to create, implement, monitor and continually improve a plan of action to increase cybersecurity.

The NIST Cyber Security Framework (NCSF) contains best practices and standards from both the private sector and government. It is applicable to organizations in any industry to address and manage cybersecurity risks in a cost-effective way based on business needs without placing additional regulatory requirements on businesses.

In partnership with itSM Solutions LLC and UMass Lowell a NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R), LRS Education Services is proud to add the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) cybersecurity workforce training program to our portfolio. This innovative cybersecurity workforce development program is built around the NCSF Controls Factory Modelâ„¢ created by Larry Wilson, CISO of the University of Massachusetts. The itSM/UMass program teaches individuals and organizations how to protect critical assets using the NCSF. 


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LRS Education Services NIST Cyber Security Framework (NCSF) courses are recognized and listed on the National Initiative For Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) website for our expertise and professionalism. This is the official website of the Department of Homeland Security.


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The NIST CSF Foundation Certification Course outlines current cybersecurity challenges and explains how organizations that implement a 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, accountants, lawyers or information technology professionals.

This course is a great fit for anyone with an interest in or responsibility for the survival of the business. This includes IT, C level personnel, compliance, legal, auditing, human resources, etc.

  • One-day, high-level overview of threats and common risks.
  • Introduces the concepts of the NIST Framework and the Controls Factory Model.
  • Outlines how the NIST CSF can be used to plan, implement, monitor and improve protection of critical assets.

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NCSF Practitioner Certification logoThe NIST CSF Practitioner Certification Course details the current cybersecurity challenges plus teaches in depth the UMass Lowell NCSF Control Factory Methodology on how to design, build, test and manage a NCSF cybersecurity program. This program is focused on candidates who need a detailed understanding of the NCSF to perform their daily roles as cybersecurity engineers, testers or operations professionals.

This course is suited for individuals working with and overseeing the technology, including CIOs, IT Directors and Managers, IT Security personnel and IT staff.

  • Three-day deep dive into Foundation concepts.
  • Focuses on designing and implementing (or improving) a cybersecurity program based on the NIST CSF.
  • Provides a detailed analysis of the technical controls based on the Internet Security 20 Critical Security Controls

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The NIST CSF Bootcamp Course is a combination (four day course) of the Foundation and Practitioner courses and it aligns with the same audience as the Practitioner course.

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All programs come with a certificate of completion and continuing education credits, such as PDU and CEUs. Have questions? Contact LRS Education Services at  877.832.0688 x1493 or email us at GetSmart@LRS.com.

The optional certification exams are available through ACQUIROS.


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