CERTIFIED

NIST
CYBER
SECURITY
EXPERT

ONLINE COURSE

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10 Week – Online Course
24/7 Access to All Training Material

6-8 Hours Per Week
Self Paced Entirely Online

Online Academy
Delivered Entirely Online

CPE / CPD Points
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Certification
Continual Module Related Exams

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“Teaches You How to Establish, Assess and Operationalize a Cyber Security Program Based on the NIST Cyber Security Framework”

The NCSE (NIST Cyber Security Expert) certification course has been developed to teach businesses how to establish and operationalize a cyber security program based on the NIST Cyber Security Framework. This non-tech syllabus aimed at business leaders and/or cyber security practitioners has been developed based on a holistic body of knowledge that encompasses a real-life pragmatic approach to understanding the fundamental concepts of cyber risk management and how to leverage the NIST Cyber Security Framework in order to assess, implement and operationalize a cyber security program. No previous cyber security knowledge is assumed and the course is appropriate for all levels.

Course Registration

Commences January 11th 2021
Learning Modules Every Monday

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The Course Covers

Course Objective: “Teaches You How to Establish, Assess and Operationalize a Cyber Security Program Based on the NIST Cyber Security Framework”.

The course is non-technical in approach and supports students on a 10-week journey. You are provided with 24/7 access to all materials and are also supported with access to live learning support sessions. Successful certification is via continual assessments with weekly online exams.

The syllabus presumes little to no cyber related experience and commences with providing an understanding of the CYBER THREAT LANDSCAPE. In the first module, we explore the cyber threat landscape and gain an understanding of the key threat actors, their motivations and techniques. 

We breakdown the underground economy of cybercrime. We reference real-life case studies of high-profile cyber-attacks with a view to understanding why and how they were attacked and what could have been done to prevent the breach.

We then move on to understanding CYBER RISK MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS. In the second module, we explore the key aspects of cyber risk management. Understanding the fundamentals of CRQ Cyber Risk Quantification and how to engage the business by leveraging “Meaningful Metrics” related to the business strategy. Developing KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and KRI’s (Key Risk Indicators) that empower the business and how to leverage those metrics to develop appropriate maturity roadmaps and appropriately inform business leadership.

We then progress to UNDERSTANDING FRAMEWORKS AND CYBER STRATEGY. In the third module, we outline the importance and the anatomy of a cyber strategy and how a cyber risk framework supports that mission, leadership, culture, governance structure and all supporting processes. We explore how a cyber risk framework operates and how it integrates with the business value chain. Understand the foundational elements including standards, policies, procedures, legal and regulatory controls.

The next 5 modules are focussed on thoroughly understanding the NIST CSF FUNCTIONS. Each function is explained with easy to understand terminology leveraging real-life and abstract examples across each function including every single category and subcategory of controls. We also review the related informative references with implementation tiers for each function area.

In module 5, we breakdown the NIST IDENTIFY FUNCTION by exploring how to develop an organisational understanding in order to manage cybersecurity risk to systems, people, assets, data, and capabilities.

  • We then breakdown the NIST PROTECT FUNCTION by exploring how to develop and implement appropriate safeguards to ensure delivery of services.

  • Next we breakdown the NIST DETECT FUNCTION by exploring how to develop and implement appropriate activities to identify the occurrence of a cybersecurity event.

  • We now move to breaking down the NIST RESPOND FUNCTION by exploring how to develop and implement appropriate activities to take action regarding a detected cybersecurity incident.

  • We then breakdown the fifth area which is the NIST RECOVER FUNCTION by exploring how to develop and implement appropriate activities to maintain plans for resilience and to restore any capabilities or services that were impaired due to a cybersecurity incident.

Finally, we outline what is involved in ESTABLISHING A CYBER RISK PROGRAM. How to apply the NIST CSF in the real world is the objective of this module. We explore methodologies, protocols and lifecycles in relation to assessing and implementing the framework. We leverage a case study of a financial service entity and walk through assessing the organisation, developing a maturity roadmap related to a target profile and implementing it. Understanding how to manage and communicate the status of the program is a key component of this module.

The Course is For

The course syllabus has been specifically designed to be collaborative and bring together business leaders of various disciplines within an organization. They are the key stakeholders in designing, implementing or supporting the cyber risk management program of an organization. Key cyber risk management stakeholders include:

  • C-Suite
  • CISO/CSO/CIO or CRO
  • Head of IT/Security
  • CCO – Chief Compliance Officer
  • Cyber Security/Risk/Compliance Teams
  • Legal
  • Procurement
  • Head of Business Units
  • Technology Leaders / Project Managers
  • Management Professionals / Team Leaders
  • Digital Consultants

IDEAL TRAINING COURSE FOR

Cyber Risk Leader
Develop and Implement Strategy

Cyber Security and Risk Teams
Collaborate and Support Enterprise

Gaining Recognition
Cyber Risk Management Specialist

HOW DO YOU LEARN

CYBER RISK ACADEMY – ONLINE CAMPUS PORTAL

The course is delivered entirely online. Students are provided with 10 weeks access to all the training material and exams.  
Training material comprises of rich interactive media such as videos, infographics and course notes. 
There are many opportunities for collaborative learning via the discussion forums and you can leverage the portal to connect to other students around the world. 
All students also have access to scheduled remote live learning sessions, with an opportunity to directly liaise with the tutor.
There are 10 modules with an online exam at the end of each module. The pass score for each module is 80% and you must obtain an average score of 80% or higher across all modules to be successfully certified. 
You can re-sit each of the module exams three times if required during your 10 weeks.

YOUR SUPPORT

HIGH LEVEL OF SUPPORT – KEY TO SUCCESS

Head Tutor
Subject Expert

Course Manager
One to One Student Support

Technical Support
Available to Solve Tech Issues

Social Learning
Student Network Collaboration

Extended Network of Material
Recommended External Material

Subtitles/CC
Core Module Videos Have Captions

MODULE 1

CYBER THREAT LANDSCAPE

We explore the global cyber threat landscape and gain an understanding of the key threat actors, their motivations and techniques. We breakdown the underground economy of cybercrime. We reference real life case studies of high-profile cyber-attacks. This module provides a context and background to the ecosystem of cyber threat actors. We reveal their modus operandi and TTPs (Tactics, Techniques and Procedures) from targeting to money laundering. 

MODULE 2

CYBER RISK MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS

We explore the key aspects of cyber risk management. Understanding the fundamentals of CRQ (Cyber Risk Quantification) and how to engage the business by leveraging “Meaningful Metrics” related to the business strategy. Developing KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and KRI’s (Key Risk Indicators) that empower the business and how to leverage those metrics to develop appropriate maturity roadmaps and support business leadership in making informed decisions. 

MODULE 3

UNDERSTANDING FRAMEWORKS AND CYBER STRATEGY
We outline the importance and the anatomy of a cyber strategy and how a cyber risk framework supports that mission, leadership, culture, governance structure and all supporting processes. We explore how a cyber risk framework operates and how it integrates with the business value chain. Understand the foundational elements including standards, policies, procedures, legal and regulatory controls.

MODULE 4

ANATOMY OF THE NIST CYBER SECURITY FRAMEWORK

We outline the background and context to the NIST Cyber Security Framework and breakdown the anatomy and structure including functions, categories, subcategories and informative references. We explore the use cases, benefits, future roadmap developments and gain an in-depth understanding of specific terminology and related resources.

MODULE 5

NIST CSF FUNCTION – IDENTIFY

We explore how to develop an organizational understanding in order to manage cybersecurity risk to systems, people, assets, data, and capabilities. We breakdown every single category and subcategory of controls within the “Identify” function. Explained in easy to understand terminology with real-life and abstract examples across the entire NIST CSF function. We explore related informative references and implementation tiers.

MODULE 6

NIST CSF FUNCTION – PROTECT

We explore how to develop and implement appropriate safeguards to ensure delivery of services. We breakdown every single category and subcategory of controls within the “Protect” function. Explained in easy to understand terminology with real-life and abstract examples across the entire NIST CSF function. We explore related informative references and implementation tiers.



MODULE 7

NIST CSF FUNCTION – DETECT
We explore how to develop and implement appropriate activities to identify the occurrence of a cybersecurity event. We breakdown every single category and subcategory of controls within the “Detect” function. Explained in easy to understand terminology with real-life and abstract examples across the entire NIST CSF function. We explore related informative references and implementation tiers.

MODULE 8

NIST CSF FUNCTION – RESPOND
We explore how to develop and implement appropriate activities to take action regarding a detected cybersecurity incident. We breakdown every single category and subcategory of controls within the “Respond” function. Explained in easy to understand terminology with real-life and abstract examples across the entire NIST CSF function. We explore related informative references and implementation tiers.

MODULE 9

NIST CSF FUNCTION – RECOVER
We explore how to develop and implement appropriate activities to maintain plans for resilience and to restore any capabilities or services that were impaired due to a cybersecurity incident. We breakdown every single category and subcategory of controls within the “Recover” function. Explained in easy to understand terminology with real-life and abstract examples across the entire NIST CSF function. We explore related informative references and implementation tiers.

MODULE 10

ESTABLISHING A CYBER RISK PROGRAM

Applying the NIST CSF in the real world is the objective of this module. We explore methodologies, protocols and lifecycles in relation to assessing and implementing the framework. We leverage a case study of a financial service entity and walk through assessing the organization, developing a maturity roadmap related to a target profile and implementing it. Understanding how to manage and communicate the status of the program is a key component of this module.

FAQ's

Successful certification depends on several factors. The online course includes continual evaluation of your performance and competency.

If you meet all the certification requirements which includes the professional experience prerequisite, adoption of the ICTTF Code of Ethics and successful performance on the required curriculum and competency evaluation, you will be certified and entitled to all of the rights and privileges associated with the designation. You need to re-certify every three years.

Certification is by the board of the ICTTF – International Cyber Threat Task Force.

About The ICTTF

The ICTTF – International Cyber Threat Task Force was established in 2010 as a not for profit initiative promoting the ecosystem of an international independent non-partisan cyber security community.  We have been committed to fostering collaboration, networking and knowledge sharing for almost ten years now.

Over that decade, we have constantly innovated on how best to achieve our mission. From online community portals, apps, local membership chapters and International events we have strived to work with our thousands of members from around the world.

Our mantra is “It Takes a Network to Defeat a Network” and our primary objective to foster collaboration and networking has been immensely successful, with our events culminating every year with our annual EU Cyber Summit.

The “bad guys” are strong, highly organised and well trained. Knowledge is power and power is strength. The ICTTF was born in Ireland and when launched used the slogan “Ní neart go cur le chéile” which in English translates to “There is no Strength Without Unity”. To be strong we all need knowledge and that is why we have developed this online training academy, so organisations can get their staff cyber strong and unified.

We will continue to work with our cadre of global cyber security, risk and privacy experts to develop the world’s best cyber academy.  Our first offering is our CCRO (Certified Cyber Risk Officer) course and is designed as a non-technical syllabus for business leaders. The success of the CCRO course has led to the development of our second training syllabus AKA the CCRS. The CCRS – Certified Cyber Risk Specialist course is completely aligned with the format and material of the CCRO course. The main difference is in the CCRS course, you do not partake in the live ILT (Instructor Led Training) sessions, assignments or have access to the bonus training material modules.’

HEAD TUTOR

Paul C Dwyer – President of the ICTTF International Cyber Threat Task Force

Paul has been certified an industry professional by the International Information Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and the Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and selected for the IT Governance Expert Panel.
Paul is an honorary fellow of the ICS Irish Computer Society, approved by the National Crime Faculty and the HTCN High Tech Crime Network.
Paul has worked extensively around the world and his diverse career spans more than 25 years working with military, law enforcement, and the commercial sector. His roles have included:

  • President of the ICTTF International Cyber Threat Task Force
  • Co Chairman of the UK NCA National Crime Agency Industry Group
  • Advisor to NaCTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office)
  • Advisor to NATO on Countering Hybrid Cyber Threats
  • Advisor to UK Defence Committee DEFCOM in Parliament
  • Deputy Chair – Organised Crime Task Force Industry Group – NI
  • Interim Global CISO for numerous multi national organisations
  • Advisor to numerous governments and intelligence agencies

A prolific contributor to the industry and media, Paul is a professional public speaker and industry evangelist. He has also authored a number of industry works including a book aimed at boards of director entitled – “The Art of Cyber Risk Oversight”.
As an industry networker Paul is a member of a number of distinct groups including the IoD (Institute of Directors), IIEA (Institute of International and European Affairs) and the IRM (Institute of Risk Management).
As an accomplished serial entrepreneur he has successfully built a number of security practices in the UK & Ireland and in 2016 was identified by Business and Finance as one of Ireland’s Top 100 CEOs.
Paul started his career as a technical networking specialist, he then specialised, trained and qualified in a number of disciplines including but not limited to ethical hacking, forensics, international management systems, risk management, business continuity, international governance frameworks, financial service regulations, cyber laws and project management.

Paul is a native of Dublin, Ireland, lives there with his wife, daughter and Bernese mountain dog children

Paul C Dwyer CEO – BIO

“An eye opening course bringing to life exactly what a CISO is and maybe more importantly what is isn’t. Many lightbulb moments that will help refocus how to better align security with the business, and what it takes to be successful.” Mark Conabeare – CISO Debenhams

“An eye opener giving a global picture backed up with real world examples, Great Knowledge.” Shane O’Reilly – Head of IT – Total Produce

“Quality course content explained in easy to connect real life situations. Highly knowledgeable professionals in the world of cyber and reality.” Gerard Clear – Head of IT – Cabot Financial

Date: Time: Event:
Mon Jan 11th 08:00 Module 1 Available
Sun Jan 17th 23:59 Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 1
Mon Jan 18th 08:00 Module 2 Available
Mon Jan 18th 15:00 Live ILT Session 1 of 5
Sun Jan 24th 23:59 Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 2
Mon Jan 25th 08:00 Module 3 Available
Sun Jan 31st 23:59 Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 3
Mon Feb 1st 08:00 Module 4 Available
Mon Feb 1st 15:00 Live ILT Session 2 of 5
Sun Feb 7th 23:59 Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 4
Mon Feb 8th 08:00 Module 5 Available
Sun Feb 14th 23:59 Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 5
Mon Feb 15th 08:00 Module 6 Available
Wed Feb 15th 15:00 Live ILT Session 3 of 5
Sun Feb 21st 23:59 Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 6
Mon Feb 22nd 08:00 Module 7 Available
Sun Feb 28th 23:59 Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 7
Mon Mar 1st 08:00 Module 8 Available
Mon Mar 1st 15:00 Live ILT Session 4 of 5
Sun Mar 7th 23:59 Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 8
Mon Mar 8th 08:00 Module 9 Available
Sun Mar 14th 23:59 Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 9
Mon Mar 15th 08:00 Module 10 Available
Mon Mar 15th 15:00 Live ILT Session 5 of 5
Sun Mar 21st 23:59 Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 10
Course Completed – Results and Certifications Available

There is a Global IT security skills shortages and it has now surpassed four million according to a recent industry survey.

The number of unfilled positions now stands at 4.07 million professionals, up from 2.93 million this time last year. This includes 561,000 in North America and a staggering 2.6 million shortfall in APAC. The shortage of skilled workers in the industry in Europe has soared by more than 100% over the same period, from 142,000 to 291,000.

The global security workforce needs to increase by a staggering 145% to cope with a surge in hiring demand. In Europe, this has come particularly in smaller companies with one-99 employees, as well as those with over 500 employees.

In the report, over half (51%) of cybersecurity professionals said their organisation is at moderate or extreme risk due to staff shortages.

No. The syllabus has been developed for a non-technical audience. When technical concepts are referenced in any way, they are fully explained.

It is assumed that you have very limited IT technical knowledge. This course is for al levels  and provides them with the knowledge, skill and confidence to liaise with technical subject matter experts by demystifying the jargon and concepts.

Certification lasts for three years from the date awarded. Form June 2023 a recertification exam will be available online at www.icttf.org

There will be a fee of €500 for the recertification exam or any resits required. 

If students elect to recertify by reenrolling in the course, they have that option and will receive €500 discount off the cost of the course.  

The NCSE (NIST Cyber Security Expert) course is delivered entirely online with a combination of live ILT (Instructor Led Training) sessions with the Head Tutor, recorded videos, downloadable case books and interactive material.

Course Overview

This is a ten week course prefaced by an “Orientation Module” which is available with the first learning module. 

Commences

Launch Date: Monday Jan 11th 2020 08:00 (Time Zone: Dublin/London GMT)

Orientation Module Available: Introduction outlining the features of the online campus portal. Students get an opportunity to complete their online student profiles. Introductions to key support contacts.

Format: Video, PDF

Following the orientation module, each module becomes available on the Monday morning of each week at 08:00. Each module is comprised of the following materials:

a) Reading Material (Case books and References in PDF Format)
b) Videos (Covering the Module Topic)
c) Live ILT session with Head Tutor (Live every second week at 15:00 and available recorded)
d) Online Exam

Each module exam contributes equally  towards the continuous evaluation of students and form part of their overall assessment and scoring

Successful Certification and Scoring

The pass mark for successful certification on the NCSE course is 80%

Students are continually evaluated during the course. The scoring criteria is as follows:

Each Module Assessment Carries: 10% 

Registration

A booking online reserves your place, this does not guarantee your place.

Only payment in full of the course fees will guarantee your place.

You will be sent a registration email to complete your profile once payment in full has been received.

Course Cancellation

Due to unforeseen circumstances, ICTTF Ltd may be compelled to cancel the course at short notice. In such circumstances, registrants will be entitled to a full refund of their course fee, or the course fee can be credited towards a future course.

Cancellation

Notice of a registrant’s intention to cancel their registration must be made in writing ([email protected] ) to ICTTF Ltd.

In such cases, registrants will have the following options:

·       Nominate a replacement to attend in their place. Such notice must be made in writing at least 5 days before the commencement of the course

·       Defer to a course commencing at a later date. Such notice must be made within 10 days of the commencement of the course and is subject to availability.

·       Registrants who fail to attend the course  will be charged 100% of the full fee.

Substitutions/ Replacements

Where a registrant who has to cancel nominates a suitable replacement to attend in their place, no cancellation penalty will be incurred. The suitable replacement must meet the Entry Requirements for the course.

Fees

Participants wishing to transfer to a later date will be billed a 10% administration fee plus any increase in the price of the course.

Changes to course

ICTTF reserves the right to change course content, structure, lecturers and dates