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NICE Framework Competencies: 2nd Draft NISTIR 8355 Available for Comment
December 15, 2021

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has released a second draft of NISTIR 8355, NICE Framework Competencies: Assessing Learners for Cybersecurity Work. This supplemental content to the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework) elaborates on Competencies, which were re-introduced to the NICE Framework in 2020.

The first draft was released in March 2021 along with an initial list of proposed Competency Areas. Feedback received on that first draft, conversations with NICE community members, and insights from workshops that brought together subject matter experts have matured our understanding of NICE Framework Competencies. The adjustments to this document are the result. In addition, we will be working with community stakeholders to further refine the proposed list of Competency Areas for release in 2022. Any subsequent draft(s) may be further adjusted, including the Competency Areas, their descriptions, and associated Task, Knowledge, and Skill (TKS) statements.

The public comment period for the second draft of NISTIR 8355 is open through January 31, 2022.Feedback will be used to inform the next stage of work on the NICE Competencies. We value and welcome your input and look forward to your comments. 

NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page v of this draft. For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.

Created December 15, 2021