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Strategic Plan for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

Draft Outline: November 3, 2015

Vision: A digital economy that is powered by secure technologies, enabled by a skilled cybersecurity workforce, and used by risk-aware citizens and organizations.

Mission: To foster, energize, and promote a robust network and an integrated ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

  • Seek Evidence –inform actions or decisions with data whenever possible or pursue objective and reliable sources of information
  • Pursue Action – strive for concrete steps towards deliverable outcomes to achieve mission and goals
  • Challenge Assumptions –examine rationale for past and present approaches and apply critical analysis to solutions
  • Embrace Change – seek creative and innovative solutions that might disrupt or defy the status quo
  • Stimulate Innovation – inspire and test new approaches to education, training, and skills development
  • Foster Communication – engage in information sharing and encourage openness to build trust and enhance effectiveness
  • Facilitate Collaboration – connect or combine similar efforts to avoid duplication and maximize use of limited resources
  • Share Resources – communicate, leverage, and support community-developed approaches and solutions
  • Model Inclusion – encourage participation from diverse stakeholders and represent diverse backgrounds and viewpoints
  • Measure Results –quantitatively and qualitatively assess the effectiveness of deliverables and program outcomes based on explicit goals
Goal #1:    Accelerate Learning and Skills Development
    Invoke a sense of urgency in both the public and private sectors to address the shortage of a skilled cybersecurity workforce.
    1.1        Stimulate approaches and techniques that can more rapidly increase the supply of qualified cybersecurity workers
    1.2        Reduce the time and cost for obtaining knowledge, skills, and abilities for in-demand work roles
    1.3        Influence employers to shape job descriptions to reflect knowledge, skills, and abilities appropriate for tasks to be performed
    1.4        Pursue displaced workers or underemployed individuals who are available and motivated
    1.5        Identify and fill gaps in cybersecurity skills training to support identified workforce needs
Goal #2:    Nurture a Diverse Learning Community
    Strengthen education and training across a multifarious ecosystem that prioritizes learning, emphasizes outcomes, and celebrates diversity.
    2.1        Strengthen formal education programs, co-curricular experiences, training and certifications, and employer-based training
    2.2        Explore tools and techniques that effectively measure and validate individual aptitude, knowledge, skills, and abilities
    2.3        Inspire cybersecurity career awareness, exploration, and preparedness with students in elementary and secondary schools
    2.4        Encourage creative and effective efforts to increase the number of women, minorities, veterans, and underrepresented populations
    2.5        Build on institutional initiatives to improve student success by establishing academic pathways for cybersecurity careers
Goal #3:    Guide Career Development and Workforce Planning
    Support job seekers and employers to address market demands and maximize talent management.
    3.1        Identify and analyze data sources that project present and future workforce demand and supply of qualified cybersecurity workers
    3.2        Promote the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and encourage sector implementations
    3.3        Facilitate state and local consortium that identify cyber pathways that address local and national workforce needs
    3.4        Promote tools that assist human resource professionals and hiring managers with recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention
    3.5        Explore international approaches that could inform practice in the United States and share NICE successes with other countries

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