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.
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.