The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework is the foundation for increasing the size and capability of the US cybersecurity workforce. The Workforce Framework is a national resource for employers, educators, trainers, and policy makers, providing a common cybersecurity lexicon.
The future of computer science education - A strong foundation in computer science--being able to apply foundational concepts, methods and tools--is required to excel in an increasingly digital and computational world. The National Science Foundation (NSF) leads the nation in supporting the development and teaching of rigorous and engaging computer science (CS) courses.
NICE Cyber Education Map
The NICE Cyber Education Map is an interactive map that highlights schools, teachers, companies and agencies supporting Cyber Education in America. The Map performs four main functions:
5th Annual NICE Conference (held on Nov. 5-6, 2014) Presentations NOW ONLINE
DHS Announces The 2015 Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative
The Department of Homeland Security today announced the launch of the 2015 Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for current two- and four-year college students. Beginning in the spring of 2015, more than 75 selected students will complete volunteer assignments supporting the DHS cyber mission at department field offices in over 50 locations across the country.
Ready to Work
The White House recently announced its Ready to Work program to equip our workers with the skills to compete in a 21st –century economy. As part of this NICE, which is designed to improve cybersecurity education from K-12 to postgraduate schools in the United States, is taking new actions to expand the number of individuals who are prepared for in-demand cybersecurity jobs. NICE aims to expand pathways to cyber skills and jobs by developing an interactive US map that shows where cybersecurity job openings exist while identifying for applicants the skills the job requires and the training programs available to applicants seeking each job. NICE will also expand its active engagement with employers, academic institutions, and industry to promote cybersecurity education and training programs and opportunities at colleges and universities (particularly community colleges), technical schools, and accredited two-year proprietary schools.
Report on Education Technology - Skills & Jobs
On September 29, 2014, PCAST released a letter report to the President on Information Technology for Targeting Job-Skills Training and Matching Talent to Jobs.
NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) developed the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (the Workforce Framework) to define the cybersecurity workforce and provide a common taxonomy and lexicon by which to classify and categorize workers.
The Workforce Framework lists and defines 32 specialty areas of cybersecurity work and provides a description of each. Each of the types of work is placed into one of seven overall categories. The Workforce Framework also identifies common tasks and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) associated with each specialty area. The Workforce Framework will be used as guidance to the federal government, will be made available to the private, public, and academic sectors for describing cybersecurity work and workforces, and related education, training, and professional development.
A new DRAFT National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework is now available on the DHS NICCS site.
The Workforce Framework is the output of a collaboration of more than 20 Federal departments and agencies and numerous national organizations from within academia and general industry.
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.
Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making
Special Cybersecurity Workforce Project
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.
NOVALABS: Cybersecurity Lab
Alphaville Terror: Zombie Protocol!
Mean Streets of Alphaville – a cybersecurity detective story
Cyber Grand Challenge
In 2016, DARPA will hold the world’s first all-computer Capture the Flag tournament live on stage co-located with the DEF CON Conference in Las Vegas where automated systems may take the first steps towards a defensible, connected future.
Cyber Workforce Strategy
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.
Updates to the new NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) designation are complete. The creation of this new designation will help distinguish the strengths of each of the CAE institutions, benefitting not only the CAE, but also students, employers and hiring managers throughout the nation.
To review CAE IA/CD Program requirements, please click here.
For a list of newly designated CAE IA/CD institutions, please click here.
For a list of institutions designated under the former CAE in IA Education and/or Research programs, please click here.
Cybersecurity: It's about way more than countering hackers
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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