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NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Executives, managers, and IT staff all have a stake in Cybersecurity

In May of 2017, a Presidential Executive Order 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.


The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) Foundation Certification Course outlines current cybersecurity challenges and explains how organizations that implement an 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.


The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) 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 an 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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Babbage Simmel provides organizations with the NCSF certification training and online risk assessment tools to quickly assess how its current cybersecurity profile aligns the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and other industry best practice frameworks (i.e., NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53 etc.). The NCSF-Assessment℠ provides an easy to understand scorecard and report that may be shared among IT teams, external stakeholders, as well as executive management to obtain the funding and resources to close the cybersecurity gaps identified during the assessment.


NCSF Awareness, Simulation and IT Certification Training Programs include online self-paced games, animations and simulation training programs for phishing, social engineering, online safety, social media, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), removable media, password safety, personal information, information handling, and remote and mobile working