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Press Release: Manchester, England; New Jersey, USA

NIST Cyber Security Professional (NCSP®) Training Program now available for purchase via the US Government Simplified Acquisition Program (SAP), through our strategic partners Solutions³ LLC.

Through our strategic partners, Solutions³ LLC, US Contracting Officers and Federal Agencies are now able to purchase NIST Cyber Security Professional (NCSP®) Training Program courses, from NCSP® Foundation to NCSP® Specialist, directly via the US Government Simplified Acquisition Program without the need for a separate formal evaluation process, the obtaining of multiple bids or the requirement to conduct market research.

Simplified Acquisition Contracts under $150,000 offer an easier federal buying process for both the Contracting Officer and Small Businesses. Unlike the normal bidding process, vendors do not have to supply an exact quotation for the service and/or goods. Simplified Acquisition Contracts allow Contracting Officers to pay with a SMART Pay Card or via a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) and can be issued immediately and in large volume if required.

Accredited through APMG International, certified in the UK by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and listed as qualified cyber training by Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS CISA) in the US, the NIST Cyber Security Professional (NCSP®) training programme teaches individuals and organisations “HOW” to engineer, operationalise and continually improve a NIST Cyber Security Framework (NIST-CSF) Programme with examinable courses available at the following levels:

  • NCSP® Foundation Certificate

  • NCSP® Practitioner Certificate

  • NCSP® Boot Camp Certificate (Foundation and Practitioner combined)

  • NCSP® 800-53 Specialist

  • NCSP® 800-171 Specialist (Implementer)

  • NCSP® 800-171 Specialist (Auditor)

  • NCSP® ISO 27001 Specialist (Implementer)

  • NCSP® ISO 27001 Specialist (Auditor)

Full program education and certification pathways:

Commenting on the development, Steven Cockcroft, Owner of CySec Professionals Ltd stated:

“Through our strategic partnership with Solutions³ LLC, we are delighted to offer our industry first NCSP® Program via the US Government Simplified Acquisition Program, which makes it easier for Contracting Officers to procure quality, accredited, certified and approved NIST Cyber Security Framework training for government personnel. Adoption of the NCSP® Program continues globally, with individuals and organisations alike undertaking the training at increasing rates month on month.

We are passionate about cybersecurity, enabling the provision of secure solutions from global vendors as well as bringing career development opportunities to both existing and future cybersecurity professionals. We look forward to growing our partnership with Mike Battistella, President of Solutions³ LLC, and his team in the USA. We look forward to the support from Solutions³ LLC and its partners for other mutually beneficial opportunities that we are actively progressing.”

Mike Battistella, President & FSO of Solutions³ LLC:

“As a US Federal Contractor with eighteen years of past performance, Solutions³ LLC has excelled in providing our clients with thought leadership and best-in-class IT Service Management, IT Operations Management, and Cybersecurity solutions. Our fabric has always included training as a key differentiator in a highly competitive business, so it’s no surprise that the NCSP® Program is a natural fit for us as an organization, and is our number one cybersecurity training offering.

Our focus on the US Federal, State, and Local government, as well as Higher Education, will allow us to equip our clients to self-assess through practical and applicable cybersecurity training.”

Tricia Battistella, Founder & CEO of Solutions³ LLC:

“As a Professional Services and Training organization, we see the need to provide a very real and practical solution to the cyberthreat our clients are facing each and every day. We strive to educate our clients on the importance of the NIST controls and how to apply those controls, thus enabling them to become self-reliant. The NCSP® Program allows us to provide the training and solution they need to fast track their Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance journey.

As an Economically Disadvantage Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), we so appreciate the partnership with CySec Professionals and the entire NCSP® team. Adding the NCSP® courses to our SAP offering, and soon, our GSA Schedule, will allow our organization to grow significantly, positioning the Solutions³ team to have an even greater impact on our customer and partner community.”

The Simplified Acquisition Program (SAP) URLs

Solutions³ LLC SAP Home Page:

Solutions³ LLC SAP Products Page to include the NCSP® courses:

About CySec Professionals Ltd

Through its wholly owned professionals, academy, veterans and graduates focused websites, as well as growing and engaged global partnerships and networks, CySec Professionals Ltd aims to enable opportunity, education and inspiration for existing and future cybersecurity professionals worldwide.

CySec Professionals Ltd is an APMG International Approved Training Organisation, a provider of NCSC Certified training and a CMMC-AB Licensed Training Provider.

About Solutions³ LLC

Solutions³ LLC is an award-winning consulting and training organization, providing full lifecycle IT Management solutions built on industry best practices. Their complete solution includes innovation, thought leadership, and market-leading applications, implemented by a highly qualified team. Solutions³ LLC focuses on the architecture, implementation, and training of each solution they provide. Their unique training, led by instructors who are also practitioners, brings valuable experience into the classroom.

Solutions³ LLC provides expert consulting and training services in the areas of:

  • Cybersecurity Governance, Risk Management, & Compliance

  • IT Service Management (ITSM)

  • IT Operations Management (ITOM)

  • Critical Notification Systems (CNS),

  • Project Management

  • Staff Augmentation

About the US Government Simplified Acquisition Program (SAP)

The federal government is required to award 23% of contracts to small businesses. The SAP helps small businesses qualify for the billions of dollars in contracts the federal government awards each year.

The Simplified Acquisition Program (SAP) is a package of services, technology, and training to help businesses jumpstart into federal contracting. Offered exclusively by US Federal Contractor Registration (USFCR), the SAP is the fastest and most complete method for a business to get started in federal contracting and win contracts. Simplified Acquisition Procedures are a contracting method which seeks to reduce the amount of work the government must undertake to evaluate an offer and award it to a Small Business. When Contracting Officers or Federal Agencies choose a vendor in a Simplified Acquisition Procurement for contracts under $150,000 (current Simplified Acquisition Threshold) they need not bother with the formal evaluation process, obtaining multiple bids, conducting market research and the Contracting Officer can directly award the contract by choosing the vendor themselves. FAR Section 13 as well as other amendments removed competition restrictions on government purchases under $150,000 which reduced the amount of steps needed to award contracts to Small Businesses.

These steps highly improved opportunities for Small, Small Disadvantaged, Woman-Owned, Veteran-Owned and HUBZone Small Business Concerns. These "Small Business Set-Aside Certifications" provide the maximum practicable amount of opportunities for these Certified Small Businesses to respond to solicitations issued using these Simplified Acquisition Procedures.


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