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NCSP  800-53 Practitioner Certificate


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Course Outline

Accredited through APMG International, Assured Training in association with the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and listed as qualified cyber training by Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS CISA) in the U.S., the NCSP® training programme teaches individuals and organisations how to engineer, operationalise and continually improve a NIST Cybersecurity Framework Programme.


Following on from the learning secured during the NCSP® Foundation Certificate course, the NCSP® 800-53 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

  • UK NCSC Assured Training NCSP® 800-53 Practitioner Certificate digital courseware

  • UK NCSC Assured Training, APMG International Accredited, USA DHS CISA Listed Qualified Cyber Training

  • Exam fees included

  • "Practitioner Guide to Adapting the NIST Cybersecurity Framework" eBook

  • Certificate of Attendance

  • NCSP® 800-53 Practitioner Certificate Digital Badge on successful completion of exam

  • Access to the NIST Cyber Security Professional (NCSP®) LinkedIn community

  • Access to the Digital Value Management System Institute (DMVSi) LinkedIn community

Course Organization

This NCSP® 800-53 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

Self-paced, eLearning


  • 16-hour online self-study course.

Instructor led

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

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