NIST Cyber Security Expert (NCSE) & Certified Cyber Risk Specialist (CCRS)

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The NIST Cyber Security Expert course (NCSE) and the Certified Cyber Risk Specialist course (CCRS) bundle are offered at a  grant-aided reduced fee for eligible candidates *.

The NCSE (NIST Cyber Security Expert) certification course has been developed to teach businesses how to establish and operationalize a cyber security program based on the NIST Cyber Security Framework. This non-tech syllabus aimed at business leaders and/or cyber security practitioners has been developed based on a holistic body of knowledge that encompasses a real-life pragmatic approach to understanding the fundamental concepts of cyber risk management and how to leverage the NIST Cyber Security Framework in order to assess, implement and operationalize a cyber security program. No previous cyber security knowledge is assumed and the course is appropriate for all levels.

The course is non-technical in approach and supports students on a 90 days journey. You are provided with 24/7 access to all materials and are also supported with access to live learning support sessions. Successful certification is via continual assessments with weekly online exams.

The Certified Cyber Risk Specialist (CCRS) course equips students with a comprehensive understanding of cyber risk management. The syllabus assumes a non-technical student and covers a range of topics from identification of cyber risks through to risk management options. The course has been designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence they require in order to protect the digital assets of their organisation and support the efforts of, or lead the implementation of a cyber risk framework.  Participants will gain the understanding needed to mitigate risk and support ongoing change, innovation and digital transformation in their business.

This course takes you on a journey and commences with how to analyse the inherent cyber risk of your organisation. That includes areas such as:

  • Organisational Characteristics
  • Governance Structure
  • Technology Structure and Systems
  • Product / Service Delivery Channels
  • External Cyber Threats


The syllabus presumes little to no cyber related experience and commences with providing an understanding of the CYBER THREAT LANDSCAPE. In the first module, we explore the cyber threat landscape and gain an understanding of the key threat actors, their motivations and techniques.

We breakdown the underground economy of cybercrime. We reference real-life case studies of high-profile cyber-attacks with a view to understanding why and how they were attacked and what could have been done to prevent the breach.
We then move on to understanding CYBER RISK MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS.

In the second module, we explore the key aspects of cyber risk management. Understanding the fundamentals of CRQ Cyber Risk Quantification and how to engage the business by leveraging “Meaningful Metrics” related to the business strategy. Developing KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and KRI’s (Key Risk Indicators) that empower the business and how to leverage those metrics to develop appropriate maturity roadmaps and appropriately inform business leadership.

We then progress to UNDERSTANDING FRAMEWORKS AND CYBER STRATEGY. In the third module, we outline the importance and the anatomy of a cyber strategy and how a cyber risk framework supports that mission, leadership, culture, governance structure and all supporting processes.

We explore how a cyber risk framework operates and how it integrates with the business value chain. Understand the foundational elements including standards, policies, procedures, legal and regulatory controls.

The next 5 modules are focused on thoroughly understanding the NIST CSF FUNCTIONS. Each function is explained with easy to understand terminology leveraging real-life and abstract examples across each function including every single category and subcategory of controls.We also review the related informative references with implementation tiers for each function area.In module 5, we breakdown the NIST IDENTIFY FUNCTION by exploring how to develop an organizational understanding in order to manage cybersecurity risk to systems, people, assets, data, and capabilities.

We then breakdown the NIST PROTECT FUNCTION by exploring how to develop and implement appropriate safeguards to ensure delivery of services.

Next we breakdown the NIST DETECT FUNCTION by exploring how to develop and implement appropriate activities to identify the occurrence of a cybersecurity event.

We now move to breaking down the NIST RESPOND FUNCTION by exploring how to develop and implement appropriate activities to take action regarding a detected cybersecurity incident.

We then breakdown the fifth area which is the NIST RECOVER FUNCTION by exploring how to develop and implement appropriate activities to maintain plans for resilience and to restore any capabilities or services that were impaired due to a cybersecurity incident.

Finally, we outline what is involved in ESTABLISHING A CYBER RISK PROGRAM. How to apply the NIST CSF in the real world is the objective of this module. We explore methodologies, protocols and lifecycles in relation to assessing and implementing the framework. We leverage a case study of a financial service entity and walk through assessing the organization, developing a maturity roadmap related to a target profile and implementing it. Understanding how to manage and communicate the status of the program is a key component of this module.


There is a focus on CRQ (Cyber Risk Quantification), meaningful metrics, and how to support and develop a cyber strategy that verifies your ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) program and business strategy.  Security standards, legal and compliance requirements are addressed throughout the course material.  By the end of the course you will have gained the appropriate knowledge to build, implement or support a risk management framework for your organisation.

Who is it aimed at?

The course syllabus has been specifically designed to be collaborative and bring together business leaders of various disciplines within an organization. They are the key stakeholders in designing, implementing or supporting the cyber risk management program of an organization. Key cyber risk management stakeholders include:

  • C-Suite
  • Head of IT/Security
  • CCO Chief Compliance Officer
  • Cyber Security/Risk/Compliance Teams
  • Legal
  • Procurement
  • Head of Business Units
  • Technology Leaders / Project Managers
  • Management Professionals / Team Leaders
  • Digital Consultants


Combined Course fee – €799
Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet grant – €200
Student Cost – €599.00

Candidates will be eligible for part-funded fees providing they are working in private or commercial semi state organisations registered in the Republic of Ireland.

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