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 Workforce Framework is the output of a collaboration of more than 20 Federal departments and agencies and numerous academic and industry organizations.

  • DHS has established a cybersecurity workforce 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. It also includes an expansion of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and resources that supports its use by public and private sector entities.

  • The DRAFT National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework 2.0 is now available in the DHS portal.

  • The DoD Cyber Strategy - New Issuance April 23, 2015
    The purpose of this Cyber Strategy, the Department's second, is to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and strengthen the cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture. It focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD's three cyber missions: to defend DoD networks, systems, and information; defend the U.S. homeland and U.S. national interests against cyberattacks of significant consequence; and support operational and contingency plans. (April 2015)

  • 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. (July 2013)

  • 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. (September 18, 2013)

  • Department of Labor sponsored industry Competency Models - Cybersecurity
    DOL Cybersecurity Industry Model defines the latest skill and knowledge requirements needed by individuals whose activities impact the security of their organization's cyberspace. The model incorporates competencies identified in the NICE National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and complements the Framework by including both the competencies needed by the average worker who uses the Internet or the organization's computer network, as well as cybersecurity professionals. The ETA model will be updated to reflect future changes to the Framework.

  • O*NET OnLine
    A tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

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