National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) USA led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our Nation secure.

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education – NICE Conference & Expo 2016

NICE Conference & Expo 2016Cybersecurity has emerged as one of the leading creators of jobs and opportunity for all economic sectors. The demand for cybersecurity positions in both the public and private sector is large and growing, but the talent pool of cybersecurity workers is not yet able to keep up. The NICE 2016 Conference and Expo features thought leaders from education, government, industry and non-profits who are addressing the cybersecurity education, training, and workforce needs of the nation. The conference takes place November 1-2, 2016. This year’s theme, “Innovations to Shape the Future Cybersecurity Workforce” showcases effective collaborations, bold experiments and innovations, and other potentially game-changing methods in support of the NICE strategic goals.

Interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

Interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce FrameworkAbout the Workforce Framework. The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides a blueprint to categorize, organize, and describe cybersecurity work into Specialty Areas, tasks, and knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). The Workforce Framework provides a common language to speak about cyber roles and jobs and helps define professional requirements in cybersecurity. The Workforce Framework organizes cybersecurity into seven high-level Categories, each comprised of several Specialty Areas. Click on a Specialty Area to reveal its standard tasks and the KSAs needed to successfully complete those tasks. Select Workforce Framework elements from the tabs above or browse by clicking on the Category images at the right.

The Training Catalog and the Workforce Framework. Training is a foundational component for every workforce plan. Courses on the Training Catalog are mapped to Specialty Areas. This allows cyber professionals, and those entering the cybersecurity profession, to quickly identify the courses they need to advance within their area or transfer their skills to another. If you’re an academic institution or training vendor you may qualify to become an approved NICCS Training Provider. Learn how to map and submit your cybersecurity education or training courses.

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