GRC Sphere’s BreakPoint Consortium Features New Cyber Curricula


Phil Wilson; Founder & Executive Director
GRC Sphere

Telephone: (978)456-8253
Email Address: [email protected]
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GRC Sphere’s BreakPoint Consortium Features New Cyber Curricula

Harvard, MA; August 23rd, 2018 — The GRC Sphere ( a member-based Industry Benchmarking Consortium based in Harvard, Massachusetts announced today, along with three other industry leaders, their strategic cybersecurity industry benchmarking program. The BreakPoint Program Initiative helps companies to become more efficient in transforming processes and practices to achieve a new level of cybersecurity excellence, enterprise-wide. Today’s press release spans four dimensions as follows: 1.) methodologies being used, 2.) technologies being employed 3.) education certifications being offered and 4.) an emerging data management and industry benchmarking titled, The BreakPoint Risk Loss Threat (RLT) Industry Benchmarking and Reporting Standard. Today’s BreakPoint program overview concerns these industry leaders in alphabetical order along with their specific program role:


GRC Sphere ( – Industry Consortium Management


Hypercube Ltd. ( – BreakPoint Standard Development & Collaboration Management 


NISTCSF.COM ( – Education Certification Management


Strategic Risk Associates ( – System-of-Record Technology Management

The unique cybersecurity curricula, courses, and certifications are covered in this release. GRC Sphere’s strategic partner NISTCSF.COM oversees the development of the cybersecurity curricula, courses, and certifications. These resources are developed to meet The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework requirements. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) introduced NICE in August 2017 (please see NIST Special Publication 800-181). The document serves as a fundamental resource

for describing and sharing information about cybersecurity work and the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to complete tasks that can strengthen the cybersecurity posture of an organization.

Rick Lemieux, Co-Founder of says that “The NICE Framework provides businesses with a reference structure for hiring cybersecurity professionals. It describes the interdisciplinary nature of cybersecurity work and provides a common, consistent lexicon that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work tasks. We used the NICE Workforce Framework as our primary reference source when developing our certification curricula because it provides a structured approach to hiring and retaining cybersecurity talent.”

 “Our BreakPoint Program Initiative offers a unique combination of methods and tools and now certification training”, commented Phil Wilson, Executive Director of GRC Sphere’s member-based industry benchmarking consortium. “The NISTCSF.COM certification curriculum is the first NCSF training solution that integrates industry benchmarking data to provide a totally different type of learning experience.

GRC Sphere’s BreakPoint Program Initiative offer these three certification courses as follows:


NISTCSF Foundation Course(1 Day)


NISTCSF Practitioner Course(4 Days)


NISTCSF Bootcamp Course(5 Days)

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Methodologies - The BreakPoint Initiative is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) best practice frameworks which are devoted to cybersecurity performance excellence. The first practice is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF). The second is the NIST Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder (NIST BCEB). The NCSF framework addresses a set of discrete internal controls which need to be planned, designed, implemented, managed and improved across an enterprise. The second framework, NIST BCEB, enables the building of a cybersecurity business plan to guide a global enterprise on its journey to achieve the hallmark of cybersecurity performance excellence known as “Cybersecurity Convergence”. This state of enterprise-wide achievement equates to Level 5 on a five-level process-oriented maturity model

The BreakPoint Risk Loss Threat (RLT) Industry Benchmarking and Reporting Standard is the first (emerging) standard which enables “shared industry intelligence” through a closed-loop control architecture. This allows member firms to benefit from the exchange of anonymized RLT data in such a way as to be totally secure and to not jeopardize corporate security, intellectual property, privacy concerns, or risks to any corporate asset. The standard is based on a common federated and semantic data model which allows our partners to run their own industry benchmarking communities in concert with the consortium.

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 For additional information or a software demonstration, please contact:

Phil Wilson; Executive Director;
The GRC Sphere

Telephone Number - (978) 456-8253
Email Address: [email protected]
Website address:

About The GRC Sphere

The GRC Sphere is a newly emerging member-based Industry Benchmarking Consortium spanning the domains of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Work Excellence (WE). The mission of the organization is to reinvent the strategic vision and value of GRC to foster progressive "Ways-of-Thinking" and "Ways-of-Working". Our consortium,, serves executives, finance, accounting and GRC professionals around the world. We’re based in the United States, but our perspective is truly global in nature. We invite you to join us by contacting us at [email protected]


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