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Strategic Plan for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

Draft Outline: December 2015

Vision: A digital economy enabled by a knowledgeable and skilled cybersecurity workforce.

Mission: To energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

  • Seek Evidence – inform actions or decisions with data and pursue objective and reliable sources of information
  • Pursue Action – create concrete steps towards deliverable outcomes to achieve mission and goals
  • Challenge Assumptions – examine rationale for past and present education, training, and workforce approaches and apply critical analysis to future solutions
  • Embrace Change – seek creative and innovative solutions that might disrupt or defy the status quo
  • Stimulate Innovation – inspire and experiment with new approaches to education, training, and skills development
  • Foster Communication – raise awareness of cybersecurity education and workforce issues and encourage openness to build trust
  • Facilitate Collaboration – combine the knowledge and skills of multiple stakeholders with multiple viewpoints to achieve the best outcomes
  • Share Resources – leverage, support, and raise awareness of community-developed approaches and solutions
  • Model Inclusion – encourage participation from stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints
  • Measure Results – assess the effectiveness of results through both quantitative metrics and qualitative measures
Goal #1:    Accelerate Learning and Skills Development
    Inspire a sense of urgency in both the public and private sectors to address the shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers
    1.1        Stimulate the development of approaches and techniques that can more rapidly increase the supply of qualified cybersecurity workers
    1.2        Advance programs that reduce the time and cost for obtaining knowledge, skills, and abilities for in-demand work roles
    1.3        Engage displaced workers or underemployed individuals who are available and motivated to assume cybersecurity work roles
    1.4        Experiment with the use of apprenticeships and cooperative education programs to provide an immediate workforce that can earn a salary while they learn the necessary skills
    1.5        Promote efforts to identify gaps in cybersecurity skills and raise awareness of training that addresses identified workforce needs
Goal #2:    Nurture a Diverse Learning Community
    Strengthen education and training across the ecosystem to emphasize learning, measure outcomes, and diversify the cybersecurity workforce.
    2.1        Improve education programs, co-curricular experiences, and training and certifications
    2.2        Promote tools and techniques that effectively measure and validate individual aptitude, knowledge, skills, and abilities
    2.3        Inspire cybersecurity career awareness with students in elementary school, stimulate cybersecurity career exploration in middle school, and enable cybersecurity career preparedness in high school
    2.4        Expand creative and effective efforts to increase the number of women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations in the cybersecurity workforce
    2.5        Support the development and dissemination of academic pathways for cybersecurity careers
Goal #3:    Guide Career Development and Workforce Planning
    Support employers to address market demands and enhance recruitment, hiring, development, and retention of cybersecurity talent.
    3.1        Identify and analyze data sources that support projecting present and future demand and supply of qualified cybersecurity workers
    3.2        Publish and raise awareness of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and encourage adoption
    3.3        Facilitate state and regional consortia to identify cybersecurity pathways addressing local workforce needs
    3.4        Promote tools that assist human resource professionals and hiring managers with recruitment, hiring, development, and retention of cybersecurity professionals
    3.5        Collaborate internationally to share best practices in cybersecurity career development and workforce planning

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