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NCSP  800-53 Practitioner Certificate


Course Outline

Following on from the learning secured during the NCSP® Foundation Certificate course, the NCSP® Practitioner Certificate course outlines current cybersecurity challenges and explains how organisations who operationalize a NIST-CSF program across an enterprise and its supply chain can mitigate these challenges, using the NIST 800-53 standard as an informative reference.


Course Features

  • Certificate of Attendance

  • NCSP® Practitioner Certificate Digital Badge on successful completion of exam

Course Organization

This NCSP® Practitioner Certificate course builds on knowledge secured during NCSP® Foundation Certificate study and covers the following topics:

  • Course Introduction


  • The Threat Landscape

    • Digital business threats

    • Thinking like a threat actor


  • The Cyber Resilient Organization

    • Organizational strategy and associated cybersecurity risk

    • Using the NIST-CSF to manage strategy-risk

    • Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover


  • "Understanding" Organizational Capability

    • Governance and assurance

    • Planning

    • Design (people, process, technology, culture)

    • Change management

    • Operate and execute

    • Innovation


  • "Enabling" Organizational Capability​

    • Adopt and adapt

    • Protection of business value

    • A FastTrack™ approach to continual improvement


  • "Improving" Organizational Capability using NIST 800-53

    • Gap analysis

    • NIST 800-53 control groups

    • Alignment of NIST 800-53 control groups to organizational capabilities:

      • Governance and assurance

      • Planning

      • Design (people, process, technology, culture)

      • Change management

      • Operate and execute

      • Innovation


  • "Assuring" Organizational Capability using NIST 800-53

    • 800-53 control implementation

    • 800-53 control audit

    • Assurance

    • Cybersecurity risk management capability

    • The link to organizational strategy-risk

  • A Scalable Solution

    • Business Context

    • From 'Simple' to 'More Complex'

    • Scalable, "appropriate" Cybersecurity Risk Management 

  • Course Closure

Learning Objectives


This course will empower candidates with the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand and describe how an organization can approach the adoption and adaptation of the NIST-CSF

  • Understand and describe how to implement cybersecurity controls using an incremental improvement approach, using the NIST 800-53 Standard as an informative reference

  • Understand and describe how to create, protect, and deliver digital business value


NCSP® Foundation Certificate.

NCSP® Pathway

Students who complete and successfully pass the associated NCSP® 800-53 Practitioner Certificate exam progress onto NCSP® Specialist study and associated exams:

  • NCSP® 800-171 Specialist

  • NCSP® ISO 27001 Specialist

Target Audience

For IT, Business and Cyber Security professionals who will play an active or passive role in engineering, operationalizing and continually improving an organizations NIST-CSF programme and those looking for a baseline knowledge of the NIST-CSF who are considering a career in cybersecurity.

Delivery Options

Instructor led

  • 5-day virtual or in person instructor led course.

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