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Cybersecurity Workforce Component

Cultivating an integrated cybersecurity workforce that is globally competitive from hire to retire, with the knowledge, skills, and ability to protect our nation from existing and emerging challenges.

Leads: DHS, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Labor (DOL)

NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) developed the National Cybersecurity 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.

The DRAFT National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework 2.0 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.

  • Please visit the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) portal to explore cybersecurity workforce initiatives more deeply. 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 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.


  • 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.


  • Department of Defense Cyberspace 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.


  • National Academies of Science Study: 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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