UMass Lowell has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Cybersecurity Training for the NIST Framework

Is your organization ready to handle the latest cybersecurity threats?

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Cybersecurity Training for the NIST Framework

Is your organization ready to handle the latest cybersecurity threats?

UMass Lowell has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.


“The voluntary NIST Cybersecurity Framework should be every company’s first line of defense. Adopting [it] is a must-do for all CEOs.”
— U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

As technology and industry continue to evolve in the global economy, cybersecurity is a critical concern for every type of organization. Today’s business leaders need to stay current on the cyber threat landscape while making sure they are adequately protecting their organization’s critical assets with the proper cybersecurity controls.

UMass Lowell has established a cybersecurity training program that outlines the best practices for designing and building a cybersecurity program based on the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

Released in 2014, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework was developed to help critical infrastructure sectors — as well as both large and small organizations across all industries — identify vulnerabilities, effectively manage cybersecurity risks, and respond to and recover from cybersecurity incidents.

Defend Your Assets, Reduce Your Risk

Created by former University of Massachusetts Chief Information Security Officer and cybersecurity expert Larry Wilson, UMass Lowell's Cybersecurity Training for the NIST Framework translates the NIST Framework for employees at all levels of an organization, enabling them to understand, assess and address the unique cybersecurity risks and needs their organization is facing.

Consisting of three short courses offered in a convenient and flexible online format, this comprehensive training program takes the learner from an overview of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to the methodology of designing, building and managing a comprehensive cybersecurity program. The final course in the sequence, NIST Cyber Labs, offers a unique opportunity for exploring the application of the NIST Framework for engineering (design), technology (application) and business (risk assessment) practitioners in a simulation environment.

  • Robust training developed by a cybersecurity expert
  • Outlines the latest government guidelines for protecting your organization from threats
  • Courses can be taken as a sequence or individually, depending on your organization’s needs
  • Appropriate for entry-level employees to upper-level management at both small and large organizations
  • Top-quality noncredit instruction from a respected public research university
  • Flexible, self-paced online learning format
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is an expert in helping organizations operationalize the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
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Cybersecurity breaches will result in more than 146 billion records being stolen by 2023. The number of records breached each year will nearly triple over the next 5 years, while cybersecurity spending will only increase by an average of 9 percent per company annually.
Source: Juniper Research, The Future of Cybercrime & Security: Threat Analysis, Impact Assessment & Leading Vendors 2018-2023