We Offer World-Class The Cyber AB Approved Training

Edwards is a certified Licensed Training Provider (LTP) and Licensed Partner Publisher (LPP) through The Cyber AB. LTPs provide Cyber AB certified classes, developed by LPPs and using The Cyber AB Approved Training Materials (CATM). Edwards provides these courses for those who are planning to take The Cyber AB Certification Exams.

Our Cybersecurity team is involved in every facet of the CMMC Ecosystem; we are also a certified Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO), and candidate Certified Third Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO). Members of our Cybersecurity Team are Provisional Assessors (PA), Provisional Instructors (PI), and Registered Practitioners (RPs). Learn more about how we can help your organization reach compliance.

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THE CYBER AB APPROVED CURRICULUM

CERTIFIED CMMC PROFESSIONAL (CCP) EXAM PREP 2.0

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Certified Professional (CCP) is a valuable resource to a consultancy providing CMMC preparation, to a C3PAO providing certified assessor support, or to an organization interested in having in-house CMMC trained resources. This 5-day boot camp will expand a candidate’s understanding of the CMMC Model and all supporting foundational knowledge, as well as enable the candidate to sit for the CCP 2.0 exam.

DURATION

This is a 5 day course.

OBJECTIVES

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the CMMC Assessment Process (CAP) Documentation to assist in representing or preparing an organization for formal assessment by a C3PAO
  • Understand key CMMC historical building blocks and applicable DIB regulatory obligations
  • Apply concepts around identifying, handling, marking, storing, labeling, and safeguarding FCI and CUI according to NARA and NIST 800-171
  • Understand Level 1 and Level 2 Scoping criteria according to the CMMC 2.0 Documentation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the correlation of NIST 800-171 controls across all domains
  • Describe and compare roles and responsibilities of organizations and individuals across the CMMC-AB ecosystem
  • Define, understand, and implement methods to fulfil NIST 800-171 Assessment Objectives within each control according to CMMC 2.0 Documentation
  • Identify legal obligations and ethical considerations of any CMMC-AB credentialed, registered, or certified professionals
  • Understand all aspects and management of conflicts with the Code of Professional Conduct (CoPC)
  • 5 days of live instructor-led training
  • CCP Field Guide and Exam Prep Manual
  • CCP Student Workbook with copies of slides and areas for notes
  • Downloads of CCP-specific CMMC-AB exclusive materials for the CAP
  • Links to dozens of free resources in support of CCP foundational knowledge
  • In-class activities with two Provisional Instructors for each Knowledge Area throughout the boot camp
  • Free CMMC Certified Professional Guided Exam Prep Study Group (recommended) with weekly meetings guided by Amira Armond and Joy Beland, until the CCP exam is publicly available

CYBER AB CERTIFICATION TRAINING (PENDING APPROVAL)

CERTIFIED CMMC ASSESSOR EXAM PREP (PENDING CMMC-AB APPROVAL)

This course provides in-depth knowledge of the CMMC Model and technical background required for an Assessor to successfully participate on a C3PAO assessment team, or a consultant to successfully prepare an organization for their Level 2 CMMC Assessment. In this 5-day deep dive of the CMMC model, we navigate multiple company scenarios to demonstrate application of the NIST 800-171 Framework, relevant assessment objectives and evidence requirements as they pertain to the Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA) learning objectives.  This course is taught using multiple scenario OSC environments varying in size, locations, and on-prem vs. hybrid systems.

Students will receive in-depth technical and administrative perspective from CMMC-AB Provisional Instructors who are also Provisional Assessors currently working through NIST SP 800-171 assessments. After completing the course, students will be eligible to sit for the CCA exam.

DURATION

This is a 5-day course.

OBJECTIVES

  • Learn how to perform, manage, and score assessment objectives in accordance with the established methods and requirements of NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Methodology, Version 1.2.1 and NIST SP 800-171 r3.
  • Lead and participate in the CMMC Assessment Process throughout each phase, with a thorough understanding of assessment outputs and expectations.
  • Determine Level 2 scoping boundaries and asset categorization.
  • Understand varying environmental and infrastructure factors and their associated impact on assessments.

PREREQUISITES

The Cyber AB Certified Assessor course participants are not permitted to take the associated The Cyber AB Certified Assessor exam until they have completed a The Cyber AB Certified Professional course and exam.

  • 5 days of live instructor-led training
  • Digital CCA Exam Prep Guide
  • In-class activities and interactive discussions with Provisional Assessors and Provisional Instructors
  • Digital workbook and downloadable resources
  • Optional Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA) weekly guided exam prep study group (recommended)

CYBER AB INTRODUCTORY COURSES

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) CMMC Training and Education Certification CMMCAB LTP LPP RP RPO C3PAO OSC Certified Assessors Licensed Instructors CMMC Standard Registered Provider Organization Licensed Training Provider Licensed Publisher Partner Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization Registered Practitioners Organizations Seeking Certifications

EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW – CYBERSECURITY MATURITY MODEL CERTIFICATION (CMMC)

For the busy executive that needs a high-level overview of what CMMC means to your organization. This course is a maximum four-hour virtual instructor-led introduction to the CMMC, its ecosystem, and the reasoning behind all organizations in the DIB sector needing to obtain a certified level of cybersecurity maturity in order to bid on DoD contracts.

Geared towards organizations that will seek certification, it examines the CMMC-prescribed Level 1 maturity cybersecurity practices, their potential impact on your organization and the resources needed to successfully implement, as well as a brief walkthrough of the assessment process. Instructors will take live Q&A, ensuring you walk away well-armed with what CMMC will mean for your growth in the DIB sector.

DURATION

This is a 4 hour course.

OBJECTIVES

  • Articulate the importance of the CMMC Model to a business
  • Explain how the CMMC Model impacts organizations
  • Define the CMMC Model
  • Identify an organization’s expected CMMC Model level, stakeholders, and path to certification

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Workbook
  • Interaction with two senior CMMC instructor
  • Certificate of Completion

Contact us to register your group for a private session.

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) CMMC Training and Education Certification CMMCAB LTP LPP RP RPO C3PAO OSC Certified Assessors Licensed Instructors CMMC Standard Registered Provider Organization Licensed Training Provider Licensed Publisher Partner Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization Registered Practitioners Organizations Seeking Certifications

CMMC FUNDAMENTALS – CYBERSECURITY MATURITY MODEL CERTIFICATION (CMMC)

CMMC Fundamentals offers a full day (8 hour) virtual instructor-lead training tailored for organizations seeking certification (OSC). Beyond an overview, this course explores how an organization should prepare for a CMMC audit, the necessary documentation, plans, and policies, how to identify and inform organizational and how assessors will conduct their audit. Instructors will take live Q&A, ensuring you walk away well-armed with what CMMC will mean for your growth in the DIB sector.

Please contact us to register your team for a private session.

DURATION

This is a 1 day course.

OBJECTIVES

  • Articulate the importance of the CMMC Model to a business
  • Explain how the CMMC Model impacts organizations
  • Define the CMMC Model
  • Identify an organization’s expected CMMC Model level, stakeholders, and path to certification
  • Define DoD’s proper handling of FCI, CUI, CTI, and ECI
  • Provide an overview of processes and practices required for each maturity level
  • Describe what CMMC Assessors will expect for each Maturity Certification Level
  • Outline best next steps to take to prepare for an assessment

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Workbook
  • Interaction with two senior CMMC instructor
  • Certificate of Completion

MEET YOUR EXPERT CMMC PROVISIONAL INSTRUCTORS

At Edwards, we teach CMMC differently. The Cyber AB approved courses feature two Provisional Instructors (PI) per module, providing diverse and well-rounded expertise on every foundational component of the CMMC Model. This means in each boot camp, you’ll receive guidance and perspective from up to five Provisional Instructors! Edwards only hires the best of the best for our Provisional Instructor team. Learn more about their credentials and backgrounds below.

Kat Adams

KATHERINE ADAMS is the Director of Compliance Solutions and Services at Cask Government Services, with over 35 years of practical IT experience in Information Systems, Acquisition, and Inspections. Upon retiring from the United States Air Force as a “Cyber Warrior”, Kat determined that letting go of the common sense approach of meeting requirements was not an option. Her goal is to show students how to break down obstacles and impediments and realistically apply classroom lessons to their everyday life challenges. Kat graduated from Bellevue University with a B.S. in Information Systems Management. She also holds two A.S. degrees from the Community College of the Air Force – Information Systems Technology and Instructor of Technical & Military Science.

Amira Armond

AMIRA ARMOND has 20 years experience in operating highly secure military networks with strong and repeatable processes. She is a founder of the C3PAO Stakeholder Forum, an industry group which focuses on standardizing assessment procedures and interpretations among C3PAOs. Amira has been an active voice in CMMC through her blog at cmmcaudit.org, a source of free resources and training for CMMC preparation. Amira is a CMMC Provisional Assessor, CMMC Provisional Instructor, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Project Management Professional (PMP). Students will appreciate her deep understanding of CMMC practices and processes, scoping and boundaries, proving inheritance, and regulatory requirements for CUI.

Joy Beland

JOY BELAND is the VP, Partner Strategy and Cyber Education for Summit 7. Prior to Summit 7, Joy worked as the CMMC Training Program Manager at Edwards, and also served the MSP community as a cybersecurity education instructor, educating 3,000+ on cybersecurity fundamentals from 2019-2020. In addition to her facilitation experience, Joy owned a successful MSP in Los Angeles for 21 years.

Tony Buenger

TONY BUENGER CMMC-AB PA, PI | CCISO, CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, has over 25 years of experience in information technology and cybersecurity. Tony was previously with Redspin and co-lead the effort to become the first Authorized CMMC 3rd Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO). Tony is now employed with SecureStrux, LLC as the Practice Lead for Risk and Compliance. Tony is an experienced instructor within the cybersecurity profession fulfilling roles such as full-time military faculty teaching master degree level information security courses at the National Defense University, adjunct instructor and co-developer of the master degree level cyber security program at Auburn University-Montgomery, and lead faculty chair for cyber security and networking at the University of Phoenix.

Sara Deaton

SARA DEATON is a CMMC Provisional Instructor and Assessor. Her experience spans 30 plus years in the commercial and defense industry. She was first introduced to cybersecurity when working as the sole mission assurance engineer on an FMS Weapon System development effort. Since then, Sara has been involved with cybersecurity activities. She has a BS degree in Applied Mathematics and a MS degree in Systems Engineering (Operations Research). Sara has extensive experience as an instructor. She owns and operates a small business called Atomic Wombat Inc, that focuses on CMMC, CMMI, Quality Assurance, and Process Improvement. Atomic Wombat is located in Huntsville, Alabama.

Matt Hoeper

MATT HOEPER is an experienced cybersecurity professional with 25+ years of IT experience. Matt holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems as well as PMP and CISSP certifications. Prior to joining Edwards, he worked for Fortune 500 companies and small businesses in areas of engineering, financial, marketing, supply chain, manufacturing, and health care. Matt has conducted security assessments against multiple standards, as well as spoken to multiple organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, local colleges, and MEPs.

Jacob Horne

JACOB HORNE is the Chief Security Evangelist for Summit 7 Systems where he specializes in helping customers, partners, and the broader defense industrial base understand how security and process can improve business operations. As a former NSA intelligence analyst and U.S. Navy cryptologic technician, Jacob has over 14 years of experience in offensive and defensive cybersecurity operations. As a civilian, he has led cybersecurity compliance and engineering teams at AT&T, Northrop Grumman, and the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

Brian Hubbard

BRIAN HUBBARD is the CEO of Evolved Cyber Solutions, LLC. He brings 35+ years of cybersecurity program management experience and assessment preparation to the classroom. Prior to Evolved, Brian was the Director of Commercial and Cybersecurity business for Edwards and led the contractor team supporting NIST in the development of the “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” (i.e., the NIST Cybersecurity Framework) in response to Executive Order 13636.

Chris Silvers

CHRIS SILVERS CMMC-AB RP, PA, PI | CISSP, CEH, PCIP, CWNA, CEI, SEPP, MLSE, CRISC, CEI is the founder and CEO of CG Silvers Consulting as well as a DEF CON black badge winner. His professional history stretches from the Federal Reserve System — where he led building vulnerability management, red team exercises, forensic investigation, and incident response capabilities for 9 years — to top security clearance Department of Defense technical security course instruction for red and blue teams. Chris’ passion for education and more than 20 years of experience in information security have landed him on the presenter’s stage at conferences such as Defcon, BsidesAtlanta, NolaCon, DerbyCon, and GrrCon. Chris has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA. Most recently, he has been a C3PAO candidate since September 2020.

Looking for CMMC Assessment support?

To continue working as a subcontractor or prime contractor with the DoD, organizations must self-attest or be certified at an appropriate level of cybersecurity maturity against the CMMC Model, but many need help determining where to start. Our approach marries our cybersecurity and project management expertise, providing you with an actionable roadmap in preparation for an accurate self-attestation score in the SPRS, or a formal CMMC assessment. At this time, Edwards offers Level 1 and Level 2 assessments with varying levels of consulting support.

CMMC Compliance & Certification

Edwards plays a leading role in nearly every aspect of the CMMC Ecosystem — training and education, gap assessments and preparation consulting, as well as formal assessments. Edwards supports Organizations Seeking Certification (OSC) as a Registered Provider Organization (RPO) and candidate Certified Third Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO). Your CMMC partner should be focused on your organizational goals and understand your industry, maximizing your CMMC investment.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

Still have CMMC questions?

To help OSCs and those looking to better understand the CMMC ecosystem, Edwards provides a list of FAQs. Topics include CMMC 101, Consulting & Audits, and Training & Education. Contact us at Info@EdwPS.com with any specific queries.

WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ELEARNING?

Taking 20+ years of training excellence, Edwards now offers the same expertise in an online environment. We offer a variety of virtual instructor led training (VILT), pre-recorded learning, and eLearning courses. Our goal is to offer flexible learning at the click of a button – providing an accessible way to boost your career. Check out our upcoming courses, with more coming soon!

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