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New Horizons Announces the Nation's First NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) Workforce Development Program

Program Built By itSM Solutions and UMass Lowell Directly Addresses the NCSF Mandates Listed in the Recent Cybersecurity Executive Order

LIVONIA, Mich., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- NH Learning Solutions Corporation, a network of 16 New Horizons Computer Learning Centers across 10 Midwestern and Northeastern states, has announced that in partnership with UMass Lowell and itSM Solutions LLC, they will offer a new workforce training program focused on cybersecurity called the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) training program.

Together, NH Learning Solutions, itSM, and UMass are working closely to help businesses — both large and small — acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework across a company and its supply chain. Last year, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security designated UMass Lowell a "National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research," or CAE-R, in recognition of the university's intensive cyber-security research and academic programs.

The NCSF training program is based on the cybersecurity framework issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in response to a 2013 executive order issued by then-President Barack Obama to protect the nation's most critically important technology infrastructure that, if incapacitated or destroyed, would have a debilitating effect on national security, the U.S. economy, public health, and safety.

"The NCSF program fits in perfectly with our already robust catalog of security solutions," said Mark McManus, President and CEO of NH Learning Solutions. "An easy to understand security framework will allow our customers to better protect themselves as malware and other cyber threats continue to rise."  

Two training options are available through NH Learning Solutions Corp:

The NCSF Foundation Certification Course. This course outlines current cybersecurity challenges and explains how organizations that implement an NCSF program can mitigate these risks. This program is focused on candidates who need a basic understanding of the NCSF to perform their daily jobs as executives, accountants, lawyers or information technology professionals. 

The NCSF Practitioner Certification Course. This program is focused on candidates who need a detailed understanding of the NCSF to perform their daily roles as cybersecurity engineers, testers or operations professionals.

All programs come with a certificate of completion and continuing education credits, such as PDU and CEUs.  Students who successfully complete the certification and meet university requirements may transfer credits and enroll in one of UMass Lowell's master's degree programs in information technology, such as network security or cybersecurity.

Professionals who are interested in enrolling in either course are encouraged to visit nhls.com/NCSF.

With dozens of follow up training courses spanning multiple disciplines of Cyber Security, NH Learning Solutions is uniquely positioned to assist businesses of any size apply the NCSF.

About NH Learning Solutions Corporation
NH Learning Solutions Corporation owns and operates 16 New Horizons locations throughout the Great Lakes and Northeast regions of the United States. NH Learning Solutions Corporation is the leading provider of IT, Desktop Applications, Project Management and Business Skills training courses. As a learning solutions provider for many of the industry's top vendors, such as Microsoft, VMware and Cisco, NH Learning Solutions Corporation is positioned to offer the latest authorized classes delivered by certified instructors to keep you on the cutting edge of information technology. www.nhls.com

Media Contact
Brian Zibricky, Vice President of Marketing, NH Learning Solutions Corp.
Phone: 312-676-3984
Email: [email protected]

About itSM Solutions
itSM Solutions LLC is an accredited content development company specializing in the creation of print, digital book and self-paced video training solutions for Cybersecurity, Information Technology (IT), Programming, IT Service Management, IT Project Management and Business Management professionals. itSM's career pathway training programs lead to a professional diploma, certification or degree and have been adopted by the who's who of industry including HPE, Microsoft, Disney, Cisco, IRS, Navy, Lowes, Staples, Genzyme, Boeing, Intel, Molina Healthcare and many others. www.itsmsolutions.com

About UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its more than 17,750 students bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. www.uml.edu

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