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What’s New at ODLS: Cyber Security Training

An Introduction to the NIST Framework

The need for a comprehensive approach to protecting your organization’s systems and assets has never been more evident than in recent years. High-profile data breaches and hacking events have dominated the news, impacting consumers worldwide. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its recommendations for a common approach and language to improving cybersecurity in 2014, and a number of countries and organizations have since adopted the framework. Ongoing breaches of sensitive data tell us that there is more work to be done, however.

Human resources, along with business unit management and information technology, is responsible for controlling employee, contractor, vendor, etc., access to systems, networks, applications, and information. The human resources organization can help ensure that critical assets are not compromised by helping coordinate and manage individuals who are provided with network access (aka, Who is on the network?). The goal of “Who is on the Network” is to identify, validate, educate, assign, and manage an individual with access to any resource, physical or logical, in an organization.

We are pleased to be able to offer this half-day training session, which can be adapted to the role of either of these three audiences: human resources, business unit management, and information technology professionals.

This introductory training, recently re-developed with the support of the institute's Organizational Development & Learning Solutions, is an excellent introduction to the framework and the activities and outcomes which make up the NIST Cybersecurity Framework’s five Core Functions".

  1. Identify
  2. Protect
  3. Detect
  4. Respond
  5. Recover

Among other topics, the training answers the questions: Where does the NIST Cybersecurity Framework come from? Why is it important? How does it function, and what is your role?

To learn more about this training session or if you are interested in holding a session for your organization please contact:

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