Assess and Manage Risk with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Level: Intermediate
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Risk Assessment & Management Training for the U.S. Government

This NIST Cybersecurity Framework training course will teach US Government cybersecurity staff to protect their organization from unacceptable losses by effectively assessing and managing risk. They will learn how to employ the NIST Cybersecurity Framework defined by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and ensure their organization meets the cyber security laws and regulations imposed on all U.S. Government agencies.

Key Features of this NIST Training:

  • After-course instructor coaching benefit
  • Learning Tree end-of-course exam included

You Will Learn How To:

  • Implement the NIST Risk Management Framework for assessing and managing the risks to your organization's information infrastructure
  • Select and implement security controls that satisfy FISMA, OMB, and Department/Agency requirements
  • Maintain an acceptable security posture over the system life cycle
  • Apply FedRAMP-compliant cloud-based solutions



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  • 4-day instructor-led training course
  • One-on-one after-course instructor coaching
  • Tuition can be paid later by invoice -OR- at the time of checkout by credit card
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Standard $3285 CAD

Government $2890 CAD




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Note: This course runs for 4 Days

  • Jan 18 - 21 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST Herndon, VA / Online (AnyWare) Herndon, VA / Online (AnyWare) Reserve Your Seat

  • Apr 26 - 29 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EDT New York / Online (AnyWare) New York / Online (AnyWare) Reserve Your Seat

  • Jul 19 - 22 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EDT Herndon, VA / Online (AnyWare) Herndon, VA / Online (AnyWare) Reserve Your Seat

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Important NIST Cybersecurity Framework Course Information

  • Course Materials

    • Attendees receive a complete set of course notes and a workbook containing all of the course workshops
    • Every source document used in developing the course may be downloaded from the NIST Website free of charge

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Course Outline

  • Introduction to Risk Assessment and Management

    • Ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies and directives
    • Protecting the organization from unacceptable losses
    • Describing the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF)
    • Applying NIST risk management processes
  • Characterizing System Security Requirements

    Defining the system

    • Prescribing the system security boundary
    • Pinpointing system interconnections
    • Incorporating characteristics of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and FedRAMP-compliant cloud-based systems

    Identifying security risk components

    • Estimating the impact of compromises to confidentiality, integrity and availability
    • Adopting the appropriate model for categorizing system risk
    • Specialized considerations for U.S. Government classified information

    Setting the stage for successful risk management

    • Documenting critical risk assessment and management decisions in the System Security Plan (SSP)
    • Appointing qualified individuals to risk governance roles
  • Selecting Appropriate Security Controls

    Assigning a security control baseline

    • Investigating security control families
    • Determining the baseline from system security impact
    • Specialized considerations for National Security Systems (NSS)

    Tailoring the baseline to fit the system

    • Examining the structure of security controls, enhancements and parameters
    • Binding control overlays to the selected baseline
    • Gauging the need for enhanced assurance
    • Distinguishing system-specific, compensating and non-applicable controls
  • Reducing Risk through Effective Control Implementation

    Specifying the implementation approach

    • Maximizing security effectiveness by "building in" security
    • Reducing residual risk in legacy systems via "bolt-on" security elements

    Applying NIST controls

    • Enhancing system robustness through selection of evaluated and validated components
    • Coordinating implementation approaches to administrative, operational and technical controls
    • Providing evidence of compliance through supporting artifacts
    • Implementing CNSSI-1253 for national security systems
  • Assessing Compliance Scope and Depth

    Developing an assessment plan

    • Prioritizing depth of control assessment
    • Optimizing validation through sequencing and consolidation
    • Verifying compliance through tests, interviews and examinations

    Formulating an authorization recommendation

    • Evaluating overall system security risk
    • Mitigating residual risks
    • Publishing the Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M), the risk assessment and recommendation
  • Authorizing System Operation

    Aligning authority and responsibility

    • Quantifying organizational risk tolerance
    • Elevating authorization decisions in high-risk scenarios

    Forming a risk-based decision

    • Appraising system operational impact
    • Weighing residual risk against operational utility
    • Issuing Authority to Operate (ATO)
  • Maintaining Continued Compliance

    • Justifying continuous reauthorization
    • Preserving an acceptable security posture

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NIST Training FAQs

  • What is cybersecurity risk assessment?

    Going through the process of identifying, analysing and evaliuating risk. It helps to guarantee that the cybersecurity controls you are choosing are suitable for the risks your organization may face. 

  • What is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

    NIST is only used in the United States, and provides a policy framework for computer security guidance on how private sector organizations can assess and then improve their ability to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks.

  • Can non US Goverment employees take this course?

    Yes, any one who is interested in NIST training may register to take this course. 

  • Can I learn about the NIST Cybersecurity Framework online?

    Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want. This course is available in class and live online.

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