Mission: Bolster formal cybersecurity education programs
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.
NICE component 2 includes development of cybersecurity researchers, cybersecurity professional cybersecurity capable workforce and cybersecurity aware citizens. A cybersecurity capable workforce includes not only those who enter computer science, information assurance, information technology and information security fields, but all students and workers impacted by cybersecurity issues. A digitally literate workforce that uses technology in a secure manner is imperative to the Nation’s economy and the security of our critical infrastructure. Just as we teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, reading, writing and other critical subjects to all students, we also need to educate all students to use technology securely in order to prepare them for the digital world in which we live.
News, Activities, and Resources:
Computer science is the only STEM--science, technology, engineering and mathematics--discipline with more job openings than there are college graduates to fill them. Leadership in NSF's directorate for Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is working to address this underproduction problem by promoting ways to make computer science more prevalent, engaging and accessible to K-12 students.
"Computer Science--or more broadly information technology or computing--drives our economy, ensures global competitiveness, accelerates the pace of discovery and is crucial to achieve many of America's national and societal priorities," said Jan Cuny, NSF program manager for computer education and broadening participation.
President Obama Expands “Educate to Innovate” Campaign for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education.
For educators who want a view of some of the education materials already available, check out stay safe online sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Alliance to learn more.
The National Science Foundation is working to build an information security workforce who will play a critical role in implementing the national strategy to secure cyberspace through several efforts including its Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program. Currently three ATE Regional centers serve to increase the quality and quantity of the cybersecurity workforce: the Cyber Security Education Consortium, Center for System Security and Information Assurance, and CyberWatch.
The National Centers of Academic Excellence sponsored by NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) promotes higher education and research in IA and helps to increase the number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines
The Michigan Cyber Range prepares cybersecurity professionals for detecting, preventing, and thwarting cyber-attacks in a real-world setting. Like a test track or a firing range, the Michigan Cyber Range enables individuals and organizations to conduct "live fire" exercises, simulations that will test the detection and reaction skills of participants in a variety of situations
National Science Foundation series: Bullying in the Age of Social Media
Part 1: Discovery - Defining a Cyberbully scientists struggle to characterize new form of harassment
Part 2: Discovery - Recognizing a Cyberbully Anonymous nature of digital aggression clouds identities of virtual bullies
Part 3: Discovery - Foiling the Plan of a Cyberbully Researchers suggest listening to students to craft prevention policies
Component 2 Archive