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NICE is a national campaign designed to improve the cyber behavior,skills,
and knowledge of every segment of the population, enabling a safer cyberspace.


Highlights

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) - DHS has launched the NICCS portal. The portal offers the ability to explore cybersecurity career paths, explore degree programs and internship opportunities, learn about competitions, and find general information about cybersecurity education, training, and awareness.

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NICCS - Helping You Enhance your Cybersecurity Knowledge
NICCS is a national resource for cybersecurity awareness, education, careers, and training. The portal was developed to help build resources to elevate cybersecurity awareness and help affect a change in the American public to adopt a culture of cyberspace security and to build a competent cybersecurity workforce.

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NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

The "National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework " is available, click the text in bold to go to the Framework page for more information. Later this year, an updated version of the framework will be published and framework rollout efforts will be described.

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Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making

Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making considers approaches to increasing the professionalization of the nation's cybersecurity workforce.

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Special Cybersecurity Workforce Project

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is collaborating with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Chief Human Capital Officers Council (CHCOC) and the Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC) in implementing a special workforce project that tasks Federal agencies’ cybersecurity, information technology (IT) and human resources (HR) communities to build a statistical data set of existing and future cybersecurity positions in the OPM Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) data warehouse by the end of FY2014.

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National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Strategic Plan

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Strategic Plan is available. The plan outlines the goals of NICE as well as the objectives and strategies NICE will implement to achieve its goals. The partner agencies that comprise NICE are hard at work to address the Nation’s cybersecurity education needs. Together, in partnership with our public and private stakeholders, NICE will make a difference.

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Updated Criteria for CAE-2Y, CAE, CAE-R, CAE-OP Designation

All regionally accredited two-year, four-year and graduate level institutions in the United States (US) can apply for designation as a NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD). Mapping courseware to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) training standards is no longer a prerequisite to apply.

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FCC Smartphone Security Checker

The Smartphone Security Checker tool is designed to help the many smartphone owners who aren't protected against mobile security threats. To use this tool, choose your mobile operating system below and then follow the 10 customized steps to secure your mobile device. More about the Smartphone Security Checker.

Also available, a general smartphone security checklist (PDF).

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NICE Workshops

Events

FISSEA 27th Annual Conference - “Partners in Performance:
Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity Awareness, Education, and Training”, March 18-20, 2014, NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Call for Participation - CLOSED

On-line Registration - CLOSED

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Privacy Engineering Workshop
April 9-10, 2014, NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland

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International Events

CyberSecurity Challenge UK

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Resources

US Cyber Challenge
Identifying America's Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals

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DARPA CYBER GRAND CHALLENGE
The DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) is a tournament for fully automated network defense. Similar to computer security competitions currently played by expert software analysts, the CGC intends to allow groundbreaking prototype systems to compete for the first time in a “league of their own.” During the competition, automatic systems would reason about software flaws, formulate patches and deploy them on a network in real time. The CGC would unite program analysis experts with the computer security competition community to bring automation research out of the lab and into the field. By acting at machine speed and scale, these technologies may someday overturn today’s attacker-dominated status quo.

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FISSEA - The Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA), founded in 1987, is an organization run by and for information systems security professionals to assist federal agencies in meeting their information systems security awareness, training, education, and certification responsibilities. Please join the “FISSEA Community of Interest” on GovLoop, to pose questions and receive feedback from colleagues.

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Cybersecurity Education

TRUSTWORTHY CYBER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE POWER GRID (TCIPG) Education

Science Nation: Community College Cybersecurity Program Trains 21st Century Workforce

NSA Announces Four New Schools for Cyber Initiative

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Cybersecurity Awareness

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Keep a Clean Machine - Keeping your Internet-connected devices free from malware and infections makes the Internet safer for you and more secure for everyone.

FCC releases Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0 to Empower Small Businesses with Customizable Cybersecurity Plans

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Past Events

Cybersecurity Innovation Forum

10th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

5th Cybersecurity Framework Workshop – November 14-15, 2013

4th Annual NICE Workshop - September 17-19, 2013

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