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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.


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Cybersecurity Awareness

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014
National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

Week One: October 1-3 - Promoting Online Safety with the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone can take a few simple steps to make the Internet more secure. This week will also highlight efforts related to Executive Order 13636 to strengthen the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Week Two: October 6-10 - Secure Development of IT Products
Building security into information technology products, including the phones, tablets, and computers we use every day, is key to enhanced cybersecurity.

Week Three: October 13-17 - Critical Infrastructure and the Internet of Things
Highlights the importance of protecting critical infrastructure and properly securing all devices, including household items, that are connected to the Internet.

Week Four: October 20-24 - Cybersecurity for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Showcases what emerging and established businesses can do to protect their organization, customers, and employees.

Week Five: October 27-31 - Cyber Crime and Law Enforcement
Working with law enforcement to combat cyber crime and educate the public on how to protect themselves from online crime.

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5th Annual NICE Conference
November 5-6, 2014
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, Columbia, MD


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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Resources

NOVALABS: Cybersecurity Lab

Videos

NOVA PBS: Cybersecurity 101
NOVA PBS: The Secret Lives of Hackers
NOVA PBS: Cyber Codes
NOVA PBS: A Cyber Privacy Parable
PBS NEWSHOUR: College Students Combat Hackers

WBBM CBS Chicago news clip: At Cyber Competition, Best Hacker Wins

CSSIA: 2014 State of Illinois U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Cyber Camp

Michigan Cyber Range:

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News Clip:  State of Illinois Cyber Camp Moraine Valley Community College

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Cyber Grand Challenge
Over the next two years, innovators worldwide are invited to answer the call of Cyber Grand Challenge. Over a series of competition events, the very first prototype CTF-playing systems will be constructed, competed, and selected.

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.

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Cyber Workforce Strategy
Published in 2013, this comprehensive strategy is being implemented to transform legacy and evolving workforces - such as information technology and information assurance - into a cohesive cyberspace workforce. The Cyber Workforce Strategy focuses on recruiting, training, and retaining the necessary workforce to build and operate DoD's networks, as well as defending U.S. national security interests in cyberspace. This workforce will ensure DoD can acquire, structure, operate, and defend its information, networks, systems, services, and capabilities to achieve cyberspace operational and strategic advantage.

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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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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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Cybersecurity Education

IBM Center for Applied Insights report, A collaborative approach for cybersecurity education

TRUSTWORTHY CYBER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE POWER GRID (TCIPG) Education

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

NSA Announces Five New Schools as Cyber Operations Centers of Academic Excellence

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

Keep Your Stuff Secure and Private

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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