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National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Working Group

The NICE Working Group (NICEWG) has been established to provide a mechanism in which public and private sector participants can develop concepts, design strategies, and pursue actions that advance cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

Structure and Leadership

The NICE Working Group is led by three co-chairs, each representing Academia, Private Industry, or Government. The current co-chairs are:
       Academic: Kathi Hiyane-Brown, President of Whatcom Community College
       Industry: Andre Thornton, Founder and CEO of Whitman Consulting
       Government: Rodney Petersen, Director of NICE at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

The NICE Working Group is comprised of five sub-working groups. Each subgroup meets independent of the NICEWG and reports out at the NICEWG Meetings. The subgroups are:

  • K-12
  • Collegiate
  • Competitions
  • Training and Certifications
  • Workforce Planning

Click here to read the full NICE Working Group Charter.

Meeting Information

The NICE Working Group meets via teleconference every fourth Wednesday of the month from 3:30PM – 5:00PM Eastern Time.

Meeting minutes and agendas can be found in the repository located here.

How Can I Join?

To join the NICE Working Group monthly meetings and to be added to the NICE Working Group mailing list, please send an email to with the subject line: “NICEWG Subscribe”, and with your full name and email address in the body of the message.

To learn more about the continuous efforts being addressed in the NICEWG, please send an email to

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