Leading Cybersecurity Educator Extends Cyber Certificate Program for University Partners into Enterprise Risk Management

Students obtain enterprise risk management experience and earn four certifications in one master cyber pathway program.

Washington, D.C.  Mission Critical Institute, an educational provider that advances cybersecurity careers and thought leadership by developing cybersecurity education, training, and best practices, today announced the launch of a new sixth course in Enterprise Risk Management for the Certified Cybersecurity Cloud Risk Management Professional (CCRMP) certification.

The Misson Critical Institute helps students and working adults rapidly qualify for the project 3.5M unfilled cyber positions. Individuals looking to enter the Cybersecurity workforce can jump-start their Cybersecurity career and begin the process of earning a six-figure salary, while those in the current Cybersecurity workforce can significantly upgrade their current career positions.

“Employers desperately need job-ready cloud security professionals. IT and cyber professionals need to demonstrate they are job-ready and able to mitigate enterprise risk against data breaches. This is why Mission Critical Institute has updated the Certified Cybersecurity Cloud Risk Management Professional credential with an extended course,” confirmed Mission Critical Institute’s Chief Academic Officer. “The CCRMP is the first and only 100% hands-on, cloud security certification that validates that CCRMP recipients are job-ready and able to produce all NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF)/FedRAMP deliverables, demanded by more than half of US organizations.”

The CCRMP is recognized by the DOD and DHS and aligned to the NICE Cybersecurity job function workforce framework.

Many people are not aware that hundreds of thousands of cybersecurity positions in America are currently unfilled. And even fewer people know how broad and varied the field of cybersecurity actually is and how to construct a workforce that meets their mission goals. The NICE Framework, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce, categorizes and describes cybersecurity work for workforce developers, educators, and job seekers to explore specific work roles and knowledge, skills, and abilities that are tied to each work role.

In addition, a mapping between the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) Knowledge Units (KUs) and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework 2.0 has initially been developed aligning Cyber Security Education and Cyber Security Workforce.

The CCRMP credential is awarded based on actually demonstrated competencies evidenced by the completion of cloud security risk management projects. The curriculum and coursework allow students to obtain the skills and experience to effectively produce the critical deliverables for all six steps of the NIST RMF and CSF as they apply to both on-premises and cloud-based systems.

As students make their way through the CCRMP – Certified Cybersecurity Cloud Risk Management Professional Boot Camps (the only performance-based cloud security boot camp certification) they also prepare for the CISSP, CAP, and CEH certifications. Students can earn four certificates, within the CCRMP pathway, the world’s most complete hands-on cybersecurity workforce program. Students get the skills they need to land a high-paying cybersecurity job and build a stable career.

The CCRMP is academically aligned to the NIST RMF and CSF and the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and includes NIST RMF instruction & labs, FedRAMP instruction & labs, Vulnerability Management instruction & labs, 100% hands-on certification, 100% online accessibility, and multiple levels to job-readiness.

Mission Critical Institute authorized program partners to provide 8, 16, 24, 36, and 42 week Online/Hybrid boot camps. Many also integrate the curriculum into existing associates, bachelors, and master’s degree academic programs through the specific course and program articulation agreements. From Hacker 101 and Capture the Flag (for early students) to all levels of the Cybersecurity Boot Camp series, Enterprise Risk Management and the use of an enterprise Cyber Risk Management Dashboard, students and professionals rapidly advance their cybersecurity career by combining certifications; that all validate their experience and cybersecurity knowledge to employers.

To learn more about the CCRMP, visit: CCRMP Certification – Certified Cybersecurity Cloud Risk Management Professional Program Overview

About Mission Critical Institute (Mission Critical Institute)
The Mission Critical Institute for Cybersecurity partners with learning organizations to produce and place Certified Cybersecurity Talent and Cybersecurity Cloud Risk Management Professionals. Employer driven, Department of Homeland Security recognized, job function aligned, practitioner taught.  The only way to produce job-ready, cybersecurity employees is through hands-on programs developed, guided, and delivered by professionals and practitioners who are actively working in the field.

 

CCRMP – Cloud Risk Management Professional Launched by Mission Critical Institute

Leading Cybersecurity Educator Creates New Performance-Based Hands-On CCRMP – Cloud Risk Management Professional Certification

Reston, Virginia, August 1, 2017 – Mission Critical Institute (Mission Critical Institute), an educational provider that advances cybersecurity careers and thought leadership by developing cybersecurity education, training, and best practices, today announced the launch of the Certified Cybersecurity Cloud Risk Management Professional (CCRMP) certification.

“Employers desperately need job-ready cloud security professionals. IT and cyber professionals need to demonstrate they are job-ready. This is why Mission Critical Institute created the Certified Cybersecurity Cloud Risk Management Professional credential,” confirmed the senior team at the Mission Critical Institute. “The first and only 100% hands-on, cloud security certification validates that CCRMP recipients are job-ready, able to produce all NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF)/FedRAMP deliverables demanded by more than half of US organizations.”

The CCRMP is recognized by the DOD and DHS and aligned to the NICE Cybersecurity job function workforce framework.

Many people are not aware that hundreds of thousands of cybersecurity positions in America are currently unfilled. And even fewer people know how broad and varied the field of cybersecurity actually is and how to construct a workforce that meets their mission goals. The NICE Framework categorizes and describes cybersecurity work for workforce developers, educators, and job seekers to explore specific work roles and knowledge, skills and abilities that are tied to each work role.

The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework) is the blueprint to categorize, organize, and describe cybersecurity work. It was developed in partnership with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide educators, students, employers, employees, training providers, and policy makers with a systematic and consistent way to organize the way we think and talk about cybersecurity work, and to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform cybersecurity tasks.

The CCRMP was developed by industry veteran cybersecurity risk management practitioners from major employers in the public and private sectors, who sit on the Mission Critical Institute Advisory Board.

They include:

  • Jim Broad, Cyber Recon, DoD
  • Susan Cole, PhD, CACI
  • Dana Hudnall, Harris Corp
  • Ken Stavinoah, PhD, Cisco
  • Alan Belshaw, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Steven Helwig, PhD, BCBS
  • Eric Handy, Handy Information Assurance Associate
  • Marc Thompson, ITPG
  • Lisa Brown, Raytheon (retired)
  • Mark Rasch, Verizon Security (retired)
  • Anthony DiFlorio, Raytheon (retired)

The CCRMP credential is awarded based on actual demonstrated competencies evidenced by completion of cloud security risk management projects. These projects are completed as part of university-based, online cloud security graduate programs. The curriculum and coursework allows students to obtain the skills and experience to effectively produce the critical deliverables for all six steps of the NIST RMF as they apply to both on-premises and cloud-based systems.

To learn more about the CCRMP, visit: CCRMP Certification – Certified Cybersecurity Cloud Risk Management Professional Program Overview

About Mission Critical Institute (Mission Critical Institute)
Mission Critical Institute enables regionally accredited universities to produce cybersecurity career-ready graduates. These universities partner with Mission Critical Institute to license the Mission Critical Institute online cybersecurity graduate programs, obtain qualified student applicants, and receive certified cybersecurity practitioner faculty candidates. Universities benefiting from the Mission Critical Institute team capabilities have effectively served 12,000+ US and international adult learners seeking cybersecurity certifications, training, and/or degrees.

 

Mission Critical Institute Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Partnership

Mission Critical Institute Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Partnership

Reston, Virginia, December 21, 2016 – Mission Critical Institute, an educational provider advances cybersecurity careers and thought leadership by developing and conducting cybersecurity education, training, and best practices research. Today Mission Critical Institute announced its partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS). Mission Critical Institute will provide online cybersecurity training through the NICCS portal, a comprehensive online resource for cyber education and training.

“Accelerating cyber threats and breaches generated by foreign actors and criminals creates the demand for highly trained cyber professionals” stated March Rasch, Verizon. “The NSA projects a shortage of 1M cyber professionals by 2020. Inclusion of Mission Critical Institute as a DHS-NICCS provider validates its leadership in helping universities to produce job-ready cyber pros.”

University partners of Mission Critical Institute enable their students to fast-track their cybersecurity careers in as little as 35 weeks. Their students gain NIST Risk Management Framework and Cloud Security project experience, with CEH, CAP, CISSP exam preparation and the CCRMP while they earn their Cybersecurity MBA and/or Cybersecurity Risk Management Graduate certificate online.

About NICCS
According to DHS, NICCS was developed in February 2013 in close partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Personnel Management. It leverages efforts of government, industry, and academia to provide a comprehensive, single resource to address the nation’s cybersecurity knowledge needs.

About Mission Critical Institute
Mission Critical Institute enables academic and coorporate partners to produce cybersecurity career-ready graduates. Partners work with the Mission Critical Institute to deploy end-to-end cybersecurity programs, obtain qualified student applicants and receive certified cybersecurity practitioner faculty candidates. Universities benefiting from the Mission Critical Institute team capabilities have effectively served 12,000+ U.S. and international adult learners seeking cybersecurity certifications, training, and/or degrees.

Virtual NIST Risk Management Framework Lab Established by Mission Critical Institute

Mission Critical Institute announced today the establishment of the first cloud-based NIST Risk Management Framework Lab. The lab provides member cyber employers a reliable pipeline of job-ready risk management talent. Students enrolled at member universities produce NIST RMF deliverables for all six steps under the mentorship of expert cyber risk management practitioner faculty.

Reston, VA (PRWEB) December 21, 2015 – Mission Critical Institute announced today the establishment of the first and only cloud-based NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) Lab which is powered by Cyber-Recon to address the accelerating shortage of job-ready cybersecurity risk management professionals.

Cyber employers who join the NIST RMF Lab consortium gain access to mid-career students who have acquired extensive NIST RMF experience. These students have completed NIST RMF projects and deliverables under the supervision of leading cyber risk management practitioners.

Using this cloud-based system and the NIST RMF, students produce a cyber risk management project portfolio and earn and employer reference upon successful completion of their program. Only students from universities certified by Mission Critical Institute may participate at this cloud-based NIST RMF lab.

ABOUT MISSION CRITICAL INSTITUTE

Mission Critical Institute addresses the accelerating shortage of qualified, job ready cybersecurity professionals by assisting selected universities to offer virtual specialized, online, project-driven curricula designed to produce to mid- to senior job-ready cybersecurity professionals for the public and private sectors. Mission Critical Institute provides this support by licensing cutting-edge cybersecurity curriculum to these universities which enable students to acquire cybersecurity project experience, graduate certificates and degree, ANSI accredited certifications and cybersecurity employer references. For its partner universities, Mission Critical Institute certifies expert practitioner cybersecurity faculty to teach the licenses curriculum. Mission Critical Institute also recommends student candidates it has determine can effectively complete the curriculum. The certified faculty members serve federal agencies, federal contractors and private-sector employers.

Mission Critical Institute is headquartered in the National Capital Region which has experienced the most rapid growth of cybersecurity employment in the U.S.
To learn more about Mission Critical Institute, please visit www.missioncriticalinstitute.org.

Baker College adds online graduate degrees in cloud security risk management

Specialized MBA, MSIS designed to address national threats, workforce short fall

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Baker College will launch two graduate degrees fall 2017 for those wishing to enter or advance in the cybersecurity field: an MBA in cloud security risk management and a Master of Science in information systems (MSIS) in cloud security risk management. Enrollment is now open for courses that begin Aug. 28.

“These new graduate degrees will help address the critical need for cyber and cloud security professionals in the U.S. as cyberattacks, security breaches, compliance challenges and new technologies fuel demand for qualified workers,” said Jill Langen, Ph.D., Baker College Online/Center for Graduate Studies president.
Courses in the concentration of cloud security risk management will be provided through a partnership with Mission Critical Institute (Mission Critical Institute), Reston, Virginia. Mission Critical Institute is a leading developer of cybersecurity education programs recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Baker College stood out as an excellent partner because its online programs are rated among the top in the nation, and it offers strong undergraduate cyber defense programs,” said the leadership team at the Mission Critical Institute. “The two organizations are also aligned in focusing on career education that meets workforce needs, by preparing students to be job-ready at graduation.”

Baker College appoints Mission Critical Institute-certified expert practicing cybersecurity faculty to teach and mentor students through practitioner-oriented cybersecurity curriculum. The major courses will also provide in-depth exam preparation for certifications needed for cybersecurity employment in business and government.

The curriculum is based on the U.S. government’s recommended set of industry standards and best practices developed by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to help organizations manage cybersecurity risks.

Langen said, “Mission Critical Institute’s relationships with our country’s top cybersecurity businesses and leaders will be extremely beneficial to Baker College students.”

In 2016, Baker College was one of the first two higher education institutions to earn the OLC (Online Learning Consortium) Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs.

For more information about the two new degrees in cloud security risk management, contact Stephanie Williams, Mission Critical Institute Enrollment Manager, at swilliams@mci-cyber.org.

About Baker College
The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.

About Mission Critical Institute
Mission Critical Institute advances cybersecurity careers and thought leadership by developing career-path-focused cybersecurity education and training programs. Mission Critical Institute programs have served more than 12,000 learners worldwide seeking cybersecurity training, certifications and degrees. Employers that have benefited from collaboration with Mission Critical Institute include Booz Allen Hamilton, Harris Corporation, Wells Fargo, and the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services. The Mission Critical Institute NIST Risk Management Framework curriculum has been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security. Mission Critical Institute is an academic partner of the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council).

Free cybersecurity career planning tool

Mission Critical Institute built a cybersecurity career planning tool to help people understand what it takes to be successful in cybersecurity risk management. The tool is a survey that has you examine you’re experience, short- and long-term career goals, education, certifications and more.

According to the 2015 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study, the job outlook for cybersecurity is stronger than ever, and risk management is one of the hottest areas in the field.

Unlike certain specialized security positions, risk management jobs are peppered across all major industry sectors and government agencies, so there are ample opportunities in a variety of environments. You could head up risk management for a financial institution, analyze risk for a manufacturing plant, or lead IT audit operations for a large software firm.

About 75 percent of cybersecurity professionals describe moderate to high satisfaction with the positions they hold now, which has resulted in very low turnover rates across cybersecurity jobs in general. From the perspective of risk management, salary is surely responsible, in part, for positive job satisfaction ratings. The median income for risk managers in the United States is $105,596 (per Salary.com), and the top end of the range reaches above $121K.

Whether you’re an undergraduate student looking for a lucrative and satisfying career trajectory, or an IT professional who wants to change course and increase you’re salary significantly, let Mission Critical Institute help you jump-start you’re career in cybersecurity risk management.

If you’re serious about moving into cybersecurity sector and want to become job-ready as soon as possible — in as little as 35 weeks — give the Mission Critical Institute cybersecurity career planning tool a try.

Mission Critical Institute cybersecurity career planning tool