Business goals may include organizing the company to make it more efficient and profitable or redefine the major target markets. Key business goals must also reduce the risk of a data breach, the loss of intellectual property, and the compromise of valuable research data, while protecting employee and customer information. Success requires a business-focused cyber risk management program that includes a complete understanding of business activities and the potential organizational risk when a bad actor compromises one or more of these activities.
Technology goals start with the identified business activities. What technology underpins, enables, supports, or delivers each business activity? To understand security control requirements, we must first identify how the system supports the business activity and the impact of a bad actor on the business. It is essential to consider the risks associated with our systems, applications, and processing environment.
This course assumes the student has successfully taken and passed the NCSP Practitioner (QANCSPFP) course and provides an introduction to the integration of typical enterprise capabilities with cybersecurity from the perspective of the selected cybersecurity informative reference. The overall approach places these activities into systems thinking context by introducing the Service Value Management System that is composed of three aspects, governance, assurance, and the Z-X Model.
With this in place, the course presents the approach to adapt, implement, operate, and improve the organizational cybersecurity posture that builds on the application of the FastTrack™ concept presented in the NCSP Practitioner course.
This course looks at the impact of adapting a principled approach to the enterprise risk management (ERM) framework to better support cybersecurity decisions, establishing the context for the selected informative reference (IR). It guides students on the best approach to adapting, implementing, and operating (AIO) a comprehensive cybersecurity program that can be integrated into the existing organizational capabilities and incorporates the selected IR.
The course includes lectures, informative supplemental reference materials, workshops, and a formal examination. The workshops are a critical aspect of the course and develop examinable material; do not skip them. Outcomes and benefits include a practical approach that students can use to build and maintain cybersecurity and cyber risk management programs to support the selected IR.
Module 1, Course introduction
Introduces the course and its aims, followed by a lesson that prepares students for the rest of the material. Lessons include:
Module 2, Managing risks in the digital age
Introduces students to ERM and the COSO principles. Lessons include:
Module 3, Cybersecurity within a system
Introduces systems thinking and the SVMS (which includes the Z-X model). Lessons include:
Module 4, Z-X model capabilities
Probes the details of the Z-X model and its relationship to existing organizational capabilities. Lessons include:
Module 5, Adapt, covers the first part of AIO
Introduces the goal, question, metrics (GQM) approach to develop appropriate metrics for the cybersecurity implementation. Lessons include:
Module 6, Implement, covers the second part of AIO.
It presents the implementation of the selected cybersecurity IRs using the phased approach introduced in the NCSP© Practitioner (and Bootcamp) course. Lessons include:
Module 7, Operate and ongoing improvement.
Covers the third part of AIO. Lessons include:
The key elements of the examination and its administration are as follows:
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