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National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

NICE is an initiative that enhances the overall cybersecurity posture of the United States by accelerating the availability of educational and training resources designed to improve the cybersecurity skills, and knowledge of our nation’s students and workforce.

NIST is leading the NICE initiative, working from the strengths and energy of more than 20 federal departments and agencies and leveraging each of their relationships with academia and industry sectors to ensure coordination, cooperation, focus, public engagement, technology transfer and sustainability. NIST will highlight these activities, engage with various stakeholder groups and create forums for sharing information and leveraging best practices.

NIST is pleased to introduce Rodney Petersen as the new lead for NICE. He is stepping into the large shoes left by Dr. Ernest McDuffie the first lead of NICE from 2010-2014. NIST is grateful for the outstanding leadership displayed by Dr. McDuffie, and is looking forward to leveraging Rodney’s experience in education as NIST continues to lead the NICE initiative working from the strengths and energy of more than 20 federal departments and agencies, academia, industry, retailers, and critical infrastructure providers, to ensure coordination, cooperation, focus, public engagement, technology transfer and sustainability. NICE will enhance the cybersecurity posture of the United States by achieving the following goals:

Goal 1.    Enhance Public Awareness
Goal 2.    Expand the Pipeline
Goal 3.    Evolve the Profession



Formal Cybersecurity Education Component

Leads: Department of Education (ED), DHS, and National Science Foundation (NSF)

The Department of Education and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are leading the Formal Cybersecurity Education Component. The mission of this component is to bolster formal cybersecurity education programs encompassing kindergarten through 12th grade, higher education and vocational programs, with a focus on the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines to provide a pipeline of skilled workers for the private sector and government. Cybersecurity competitions represent one aspect of this component.

Cybersecurity Workforce Component

Leads: DHS, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Labor (DOL)

NICE is working to cultivate an integrated cybersecurity workforce that is globally competitive from hire to retire, with the knowledge, skills, and ability to protect our nation from existing and emerging challenges. DHS has built a portal to promote our workforce framework which includes tools and resources for organizations focused on cybersecurity workforce and information for individuals about cybersecurity careers. The Department of Defense is defining the roles in cybersecurity through its emerging Cyberspace Workforce Strategy building upon our cybersecurity workforce framework. As we gain more knowledge about the cybersecurity workforce, that knowledge is being fed back into education and training initiatives.

Cybersecurity Awareness Component

Lead: DHS

The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

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