800-171 Specialist Certification Training


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Description & Target Audience

Course Description:

The DVMS® 800-171 Specialist certificate covers the impact of adopting and adapting a principled approach to digital business risk management using the NIST 800-171 controls and management systems. The program guides students on a best practice approach to engineering a comprehensive, NIST-CSF, 800-171 risk management program that is implemented for use and auditable for purpose.

The DVMS® 800-171 Specialist looks at the impact of adapting a principled approach to enterprise risk management framework to better support cybersecurity decisions within the context of the NIST 800-171 informative reference.

Target Audience:

This course is for those resources involved in the design, adaption, operation, and continuous improvement of a cyber security risk management system. This course is intended for those team members involved in the “heavy lifting” associated with designing and implementing a security-based Governance, Risk Management, and/or Compliance program based on the NIST 800-171 informative reference.  This course is also ideal for US DoD contractors looking to go beyond the core NIST 800-171 & CMMC requirements to build an ongoing program of Continual Security Improvement (CSI).

Objectives & Outcomes

Attendees will:

  • Gain insight on the best approach to adapt, implement, and operate (AIO) a comprehensive cybersecurity program that integrates into existing organizational capabilities incorporating the NIST 800-171 requirements.
  • Understand the practical approach to building and maintaining cybersecurity and cyber-risk management programs to support the NIST 800-171 informative reference.
  • ​Understand the integration of typical enterprise capabilities with cybersecurity from the perspective of the NIST 800-171 informative reference.
  • Learn systems thinking in the context of the Service Value Management System composed of three aspects, governance, assurance, and the Z-X Model.
  • ​Understand the approach to adapt, implement, operate & improve the organizational cybersecurity posture that builds on the application of the FastTrack™ presented in the DVMS® 800-53Practitioner course.


Candidates must have obtained the DVMS® Foundation certification and attended and completed the DVMS® 800-53 Practitioner course to participate in this course.

Body of Knowledge

This course is based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, version 1.1. and A Practitioner’s Guide to Adapting the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Publication from the DVMS Institute.


There is a choice of an Implementer or Auditor exam for the DVMS® 800-171 Specialist Certification. One exam is included with the cost of the course itself and must be identified at the time the course is ordered. Additional exams for the Implementer and/or Auditor can be ordered at any time.

  • 65 multiple-choice questions per exam
  • 120-minute exam
  • Pass Mark – 60% (39 marks)
  • Open Book
  • Blooms Level 2, 3, 4, & 5  
  • Paper-based & online availability (including ProctorU)

Delivery Formats

  • Instructor Led, 2-Day Classroom
  • Instructor Led, 2-Day Virtual Classroom

Student Kit

  • Digital – “A Practitioner’s Guide to Adapting the NIST Cybersecurity Framework book” 
  • Digital – Student Courseware and Resource Materials
  • Digital – APMG Exam Voucher – issued upon successful completion of the training
  • Certificate of Completion

Syllabus & Course Outline

  • Link to Syllabus

Professional Development Credits Earned

  • 32 CEU Credits

Next Steps

DVMS® ISO 27001 Specialist. The DVMS® ISO 27001 Specialist certificates cover the impact of adopting and adapting a principled approach to digital business risk management using ISO 27001 controls and management systems.

– DVMS®  ISO 27001 Specialist (ILT / VILT Delivery)

Additional information
Dedicated Training

To request a "Dedicated" training course for your organization, please reach out directly to:
Mike Battistella
President, Solutions³ LLC
Strategic Affiliate & Government Solutions, DVMS Institute™
[email protected]

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