NIST CyberSecurity Professional (NCSP) Practitioner Certification - NCSF-P Course Outline

(3 Days)


The program is designed for IT and Business professionals who will play an active role in the design and management of an NCSF program.

This APMG accredited training program is targeted at IT and Cybersecurity professionals looking to become certified on how to operationalize the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) across an enterprise and its supply chain. The NCSF Practitioner program teaches the knowledge to prepare for the NSCF Practitioner exam plus the skills and abilities to design, build, test, manage and improve a cybersecurity program based on the NCSF.

  • The optional certification exam is through APMG. Student must pass a 180 minute, 100 question closed book multiple choice, examination with a passing score of 70% in order to receive this certification.

Audience Profile

The program is designed for IT and Business professionals who will play an active role in the design and management of an NCSF program.


Individuals should hold a valid NIST Cybersecurity Foundation Certification or have equivalent knowledge.

At Course Completion

Outcomes and benefits from this class is a practical approach that students can use to build and maintain comprehensive cybersecurity and cyber-risk management programs.

Course Outline

Chapter 1: Course Overview

  • Reviews at a high level each chapter of the course

Chapter 2: Framing the Problem

  • Establishes the context and rationale for the adoption and daptation of the NIST-CSF using the Controls Factory Model.

Chapter 3: 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.

Chapter 4: The Threats and Vulnerabilities

  • Provides an overview of cyber –attacks (using the Cyber Attack Chain Model), discusses the top 15 attacks of 2015 and 2016, and the most common technical and business vulnerabilities.

Chapter 5: Digital Assets, Identities and Business Impact

  • 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.

Chapter 6: The NIST Cybersecurity Framework

  • Provides a practitioner level analysis of the controls framework based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

Chapter 7: Technology Program Design and Build

  • Provides a detailed analysis of the technical controls based on the Center for Internet Security 20 Critical Security Controls©. Includes the controls objective, controls design, controls details, and a diagram for each control.

Chapter 8: The Security Operations Center (SOC)

  • Provides a detailed analysis of Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM) purpose and capabilities. Includes an analysis of people, process, technology, and services provided by a Security Operations Center.

Chapter 9: Technology Program Testing and Assurance

  • Provides a high-level analysis of technology testing capabilities based on the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS). The testing capabilities include all 12 Requirements of the standard.

Chapter 10: Business Program Design and Build

  • 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).

Chapter 11: Cyber Workforce Skills Development

  • Provides a review of cybersecurity workforce demands and workforce standards based on the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF).

Chapter 12: Cyber-Risk Management Program

  • Provides a review of the AICPA Proposed Description Criteria for Cybersecurity Risk Management. Covers the 9 Description Criteria Categories and the 31 Description Criteria.

Chapter 13: Cybersecurity Program Assessment

  • Provides a detailed review of the key steps organizations can use for conducting a Cybersecurity Program Assessment. Assessment results include a technical scorecard (based on the 20 critical controls), an executive report, a gap analysis and an implementation roadmap.

Chapter 14: Cyber Risk Program Assessment

  • Provides a review of the Cyber Risk Management Program based on the five Core Functions of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.