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About This Course
10 Week – Online Course
24/7 Access to All Training Material
6-8 Hours Per Week
Self Paced Entirely Online
Delivered Entirely Online
Approved by Various International Bodies
The NCSE in 2 Mins
“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.
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.
*NIST Videos are provided Courtesy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. All rights reserved, U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
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 syllabus has been specifically designed to be collaborative and bring together business leaders of various disciplines within an organisation. They are the key stakeholders in designing, implementing or supporting the cyber risk management program of an organisation. Key cyber risk management stakeholders include:
- CISO/CSO/CIO or CRO
- Head of IT/Security
- CCO Chief Compliance Officer
- Cyber Security/Risk/Compliance Teams
- 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 Risk Management Specialist
Cyber Security and Risk Teams
Collaborate and Support Enterprise
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.
One to One Student Support
Available to Solve Tech Issues
Student Network Collaboration
Extended Network of Material
Recommended External Material
Core Module Videos Have Captions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 business leaders and provides them with the knowledge, skill and confidence to liaise with technical subject matter experts by demystifying the jargon and concepts.
There will be a fee of €500 for the recertification exam or any resits required.
If students elect to recertify by re-enrolling in the course, they have that option and will receive €500 discount off the cost of the course.
Course OverviewThis is a ten week course prefaced by an “Orientation Module” which is available with the first learning module.
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
March 2021 – Course
|Mon Mar 22nd||08:00||Module 1 Available|
|Sun Mar 28th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 1|
|Mon Mar 29th||08:00||Module 2 Available|
|Mon Mar 29th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 1 of 5|
|Sun Apr 04th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 2|
|Mon Apr 05th||08:00||Module 3 Available|
|Sun Apr 11th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 3|
|Mon Apr 12th||08:00||Module 4 Available|
|Mon Apr 12th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 2 of 5|
|Sun Apr 18th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 4|
|Mon Apr 19th||08:00||Module 5 Available|
|Sun Apr 25th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 5|
|Mon Apr 26th||08:00||Module 6 Available|
|Wed Apr 26th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 3 of 5|
|Sun May 02nd||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 6|
|Mon May 03rd||08:00||Module 7 Available|
|Sun May 09th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 7|
|Mon May 10th||08:00||Module 8 Available|
|Mon May 10th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 4 of 5|
|Sun May 16th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 8|
|Mon May 17th||08:00||Module 9 Available|
|Sun May 23rd||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 9|
|Mon May 24th||08:00||Module 10 Available|
|Mon May 24th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 5 of 5|
|Sun May 30th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 10|
|Course Completed – Results and Certifications Available|
June 2021 – Course
|Mon Jun 21st||08:00||Module 1 Available|
|Sun Jun 27th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 1|
|Mon Jun 28th||08:00||Module 2 Available|
|Mon Jun 28th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 1 of 5|
|Sun Jul 04th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 2|
|Mon Jul 05th||08:00||Module 3 Available|
|Sun Jul 11th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 3|
|Mon Jul 12th||08:00||Module 4 Available|
|Mon Jul 12th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 2 of 5|
|Sun Jul 18th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 4|
|Mon Jul 19th||08:00||Module 5 Available|
|Sun Jul 25th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 5|
|Mon Jul 26th||08:00||Module 6 Available|
|Wed Jul 26th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 3 of 5|
|Sun Aug 01st||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 6|
|Mon Aug 02nd||08:00||Module 7 Available|
|Sun Aug 08th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 7|
|Mon Aug 09th||08:00||Module 8 Available|
|Mon Aug 09th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 4 of 5|
|Sun Aug 15th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 8|
|Mon Aug 16th||08:00||Module 9 Available|
|Sun Aug 22nd||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 9|
|Mon Aug 23rd||08:00||Module 10 Available|
|Mon Aug 23rd||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 5 of 5|
|Sun Aug 29th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 10|
|Course Completed – Results and Certifications Available|
September 2021 – Course
|Mon Sep 13th||08:00||Module 1 Available|
|Sun Sep 19th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 1|
|Mon Sep 20th||08:00||Module 2 Available|
|Mon Sep 20th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 1 of 5|
|Sun Sep 26th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 2|
|Mon Sep 27th||08:00||Module 3 Available|
|Sun Oct 03rd||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 3|
|Mon Oct 04th||08:00||Module 4 Available|
|Mon Oct 04th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 2 of 5|
|Sun Oct 10th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 4|
|Mon Oct 11th||08:00||Module 5 Available|
|Sun Oct 17th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 5|
|Mon Oct 18th||08:00||Module 6 Available|
|Wed Oct 18th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 3 of 5|
|Sun Oct 24th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 6|
|Mon Oct 25th||08:00||Module 7 Available|
|Sun Oct 31st||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 7|
|Mon Nov 01st||08:00||Module 8 Available|
|Mon Nov 01st||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 4 of 5|
|Sun Nov 07th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 8|
|Mon Nov 08th||08:00||Module 9 Available|
|Sun Nov 14th||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 9|
|Mon Nov 15th||08:00||Module 10 Available|
|Mon Nov 15th||15:00||1 Hour Live ILT Session 5 of 5|
|Sun Nov 21st||23:59||Deadline to Complete Exam for Module 10|
|Course Completed – Results and Certifications Available|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
NIST are The National Institute of Standards and Technology is a physical sciences laboratory and a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. Its mission is to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness.
The National Institute of Standards and Framework’s Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) was published in February 2014 in response to Presidential Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” which called for a standardized security framework for critical infrastructure in the United States.
Further information can be found on their website at: nist.gov