National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has evolved from the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, and extends its scope beyond the federal workplace to include civilians and students in kindergarten through post-graduate school. The goal of NICE is to establish an operational, sustainable and continually improving cybersecurity education program for the nation to use sound cyber practices that will enhance the nation’s security.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is leading the NICE initiative working from the strengths and energy of more than 20 federal departments and agencies, to ensure coordination, cooperation, focus, public engagement, technology transfer and sustainability. Many NICE activities are already underway and NIST will highlight these activities, engage various stakeholder groups and create forums for sharing information and leveraging best practices. NIST will also be looking for “gaps” in the initiative -- areas of the overarching mission that are not addressed by ongoing activities.
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) will be represented by three Components:
Component 1: National Cybersecurity Awareness Lead: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The National Cybersecurity Awareness Component is being led by the Department of Homeland Security. To boost national cybersecurity awareness, DHS will use public service campaigns to promote cybersecurity and responsible use of the Internet, and make cybersecurity a popular educational and career pursuit for older students.
Component 2: Formal Cybersecurity Education Co-Lead Department of Education (DoED) and National Science Foundation (NSF)
The Department of Education and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are leading the Formal Cybersecurity Education Component. Their mission 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.
Component 3: Cybersecurity Workforce Lead: DHS, OPM, DoD, DOL
DHS with its National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) portal is a leader of this national effort 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.
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Strategic Plan was posted in September 2012. 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.