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PRESS RELEASE: Manchester; England, Rhode Island; USA

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

NIST Cyber Security Professional (NCSP®) training program available to US Military Veterans and Spouses, via the GI Bill, at Bryant University, which has a Top 10 Military Friendly® Schools Designation


In the global security marketplace, increasing legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements are resulting in unprecedented demand for individuals with the ability to engineer, operationalize and continually improve a NIST Cybersecurity Framework management program.


US Military Veterans and Spouses can secure access to the NCSP® training program using the GI Bill, with Bryant University.


Following its release in early 2018, the NCSP® training program has witnessed rapid adoption, globally, by organizations in the following sectors: Central Government, Public Sector, Defense, Defense Industrial Base, Finance, Healthcare, Critical National Infrastructure, Research, Legal, Tier 1 Consultancies, MSPs/MSSPs and Manufacturing, as well as individuals seeking to develop existing skill sets and/or enter the cybersecurity profession.


Accredited through APMG International, listed as qualified cyber training by the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS CISA) in the USA and certified in the UK by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the NIST Cyber Security Professional (NCSP®) training program teaches individuals “HOW” to engineer, operationalize and continually improve a NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST-CSF) Program (www.nistcybersecurityprofessional.website).


The first accredited NIST Cybersecurity Framework training program offers a distinct pathway to learning through the Executive Education and Career Accelerator at Bryant University. A long-time supporter of military veterans, the university holds a Top 10 Military Friendly® Schools Designation and has an A+ Ranking from USA Today/College Factual. US News and World Report ranks Bryant at #7 for Best Colleges for Veterans.


  • The NCSP® Digital Business Risk Awareness Certificate (non-examinable) teaches students the fundamentals of digital business and its evolution, the fundamentals of digital business value and associated cyber risk and introduces students to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST-CSF).

  • The NCSP® Foundation Certificate teaches students the fundamentals of digital transformation, cyber security risk management, the NIST-CSF, and introduces students to NIST-CSF Management Systems.

  • The NCSP® 800-53 Practitioner Certificate teaches students a FastTrack™ approach to engineer, operationalize and continually improve a NIST-CSF cybersecurity risk management program, enabling a principled approach to better support organizational cybersecurity risk management decision making, utilizing the NIST 800-53 standard as an informative reference.

  • The NCSP® 800-171 Specialist Certificate teaches students a FastTrack™ approach to engineer, operationalize and continually improve a NIST-CSF cybersecurity risk management program, enabling a principled approach to better support organizational cybersecurity risk management decision making, utilizing the NIST 800-171 standard as an informative reference.

  • The NCSP® ISO 27001 Specialist Certificate teaches students a FastTrack™ approach to engineer, operationalize and continually improve a NIST-CSF cybersecurity risk management program, enabling a principled approach to better support organizational cybersecurity risk management decision making, utilizing the ISO/IEC 27001 standard as an informative reference.


About the GI Bill

Since 1944, GI Bill has assisted qualified veterans and their family members cover some or all of the costs for school and training. Learn more at VA.gov.


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

“Opportunity for Military Veterans and their Spouses seeking a rewarding career in cybersecurity is now within reach via the GI Bill and our partnership with Bryant University. Demand for those with NIST Cybersecurity Framework competence is increasing and will continue to do so. Adoption of the NCSP® program is growing rapidly amongst many organizations, globally, that are seeking to meet ever increasing legal, regulatory and contractual requirements for cybersecurity risk management. These very same organizations recognize the inherent professionalism and value that veterans bring to the table.


As a UK Veteran, enablement of US Veteran and Spouse access to NCSP® training and subsequent employment opportunity is something I am happy to achieve. Many UK veterans are already benefitting from new and increased competence and employment opportunity having qualified as NCSP® Practitioners.


This announcement comes at a time where the US Government, the US Department of Defense and several Regulatory are increasing requirements for improved cybersecurity risk management. The US Department of Defense (DoD) CMMC Scheme and recent announcements including those released by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and S&P Global, are obvious examples that are driving demand for NIST-CSF adoption and increasing individual and organizational competence regarding the framework. I firmly believe that the US Veteran community can help fill that increasing demand.”

Bryant’s Vision 2030 Strategic Plan focuses on advancing our innovative, educational ecosystem, offering marketplace-driven programs across the educational journey—from undergraduate and graduate studies to career acceleration and executive education,” said Bryant University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Rupendra Paliwal. “This program is just one of the real-world-ready opportunities Bryant offers to help learners succeed in our ever-changing technology and data-driven economy.”


Alex Cole, Executive Director, Graduate & Professional Education at Bryant University added: “We are proud to carry the Military Friendly® School designation and delighted to provide access to the NCSP® training program via the GI Bill. The increasing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals is a rewarding career pathway that our military veterans are uniquely qualified to fill.”

About Bryant University



For 160 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. The University delivers a uniquely integrated academic and student life experience with nationally recognized academic programs at the intersection of business, liberal arts, and health and behavioral sciences.


Located on a 428-acre contemporary campus in Smithfield, R.I., Bryant enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students from 38 states and 49 countries. Bryant is recognized as a top 1% national leader in student education outcomes and ROI and regularly receives high rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, College Factual and Barron’s.


Executive Education and Career Accelerator at Bryant University continues the University’s real-world-ready education through professional trainings and certificate options, taught by Bryant’s in-demand faculty. The virtual format with both instructor led and self-directed options offers time crunched professionals the flexibility needed to advance their careers. Bryant University recently received a Top 10 Military Friendly® Schools Designation and is proud to work with military veterans and their spouses. (www.bryant.edu).


About CySec Professionals Ltd

CySec Professionals Ltd is the sole APMG International Approved Training Organisation (ATO) for the NIST Cyber Security Professional (NCSP®) training program and is a UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Assured Training Provider.

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


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