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.
NIST is pleased to introduce Rodney Petersen as the new lead for NICE. He is stepping into the large shoes left by Dr. Ernest McDuffie the first lead of NICE from 2010-2014. NIST is grateful for the outstanding leadership displayed by Dr. McDuffie, and is looking forward to leveraging Rodney’s experience in education as NIST continues to lead the NICE initiative working from the strengths and energy of more than 20 federal departments and agencies, academia, industry, retailers, and critical infrastructure providers, to ensure coordination, cooperation, focus, public engagement, technology transfer and sustainability. NICE will enhance the cybersecurity posture of the United States by achieving the following goals:
Goal 1. Enhance Public Awareness
Goal 2. Expand the Pipeline
Goal 3. Evolve the Profession
President Obama Speaks at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection.
On February 4th, 2015, Congressman Ross spoke on the house floor to recognize the opening of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity on Friday, February 6th, 2015. Congratulations to the University of South Florida.
The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) hosted a roundtable on January 16, 2015 with 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to discuss new funding that will strengthen American cybersecurity expertise. A five-year, $25M grant will support a partnership between the HBCUs, Charleston County School District, and two NNSA laboratories; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory in California and New Mexico. Vice President Biden and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz highlighted DOE/NNSA’s Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium at a Norfolk State University ceremony on Thursday of this week.
Women in Cybersecurity Conference March 27-28, 2015
WiCyS is an effort to bring together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring.
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.
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) - a portal which 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.
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.
Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making
Special Cybersecurity Workforce Project
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.
Department of Defense Cyberspace 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.
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.
Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Summer School 2015
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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