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What to Know About the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

Learn about what NICE is and what it hopes to accomplish.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is an initiative led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Commerce.  NICE focuses on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development in order to address the country’s current and future cybersecurity challenges.  NICE represents a joint effort between government, academia, and the private sector dedicated to working towards the aforementioned goals.

NICE Strategic Plan

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 required that NICE develop and implement a strategic plan every five years.  NICE’s current Strategic Plan operates with the mission, “To energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.”

Led by guiding principles that ask participants to “seek evidence,” “challenge assumptions,” and a myriad of other directives, the plan has three main goals.  First, it looks to accelerate learning and skills development.  Secondly, it aims to nurture a diverse learning community.  Thirdly, it looks to guide career planning and workforce development.  Each of these goals includes a subset of more specific objectives to work towards.

NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

The NICE Cybersecurity Framework (NIST Special Publication 800-181) is a national resource that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work.  The goal of this publication is to create a taxonomy and common lexicon that describes cybersecurity work and workers regardless of where, when, and for whom the work is performed.  In plain terms, the NICE Framework is a resource that provides general terms and explanations of cybersecurity measures.  This Framework is meant to be applied in the public, private, and academic sectors.   Finally, the NICE Framework will be periodically updated to ensure that the resource remains current.

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