NICE eNewsletter Winter 2016

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Winter 2016

Featured Article

Cyberseek Takes Mapping the Cybersecurity Workforce to the Next Level          

by Tim Herbert, Vice President of Research, CompTIA

How many cybersecurity wake-up calls does it take to spur action? Is this a rhetorical question or a bad joke? Sadly, the reality is often some of both. Despite the frequency and intensity of headline-making incidents, many businesses and public sector institutions continue to lag in their efforts to embrace cybersecurity best practices. 
One especially critical need is in the area of developing and maintaining a well-trained cybersecurity workforce. Data from the recently launched CyberSeek platform confirms this point. Developed through a partnership of CompTIA, Burning Glass, and NICE, CyberSeek is designed to provide employers, job seekers, educators/trainers, and policy makers better visibility into the cybersecurity workforce.   Read More

Key Dates

Deadline to submit comments on Draft NIST Special Publication 800-181: NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework January 6, 2017

NICE Webinar: Cybersecurity Games
January 18, 2017

Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA)
March 14-15, 2017

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Integrating Cybersecurity into Computer Science Curricula

by Justin M. Serota, Anne Arundel County Public Schools; Lisa Wenzel, Teacher, Howard County Public School System

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take an interest in computer science. CSEdWeek is also a great time to consider folding cybersecurity topics into the computer science curriculum. Read More


How to Grow a Workforce in a Tight Labor Market: Leverage the Major League Baseball Method

by Jeremy Willingham, Services Enablement Architect, Optiv

What does Major League Baseball have to do with developing a cybersecurity workforce? Think about a Major League roster. There are basically two categories of players. The first are the stars whose names everyone knows and who frequently appear on Sports Center. The second are the everyday players who have the skills to play in the majors without as much fanfare. Read More 


State Strategies for Strengthening Cybersecurity Practices

by Timothy Blute, Program Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, National Governors Association

The National Governors Association (NGA) works closely with states and federal partners to tackle the policy priorities of the nation’s governors. All states aim to grow their individual economies through innovative practices in workforce development, and cybersecurity has emerged as a key dimension of such initiatives. 
NGA’s Homeland Security and Public Safety (HSPS) Division is currently in the middle of two year-long projects on state cybersecurity. This past summer, NGA Chair Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe launched ‘Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge’. Read More


State CIOs Prioritize Cybersecurity as Top Issue in 2017

#1 Security and Risk Management:  governance; budget and resource requirements; security frameworks; data protection; training and awareness; insider threats; third party security practices as outsourcing increase.  Read More


Affiliated Programs

The Draft National Institute of Standards and Technology SP 800-181, the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF), is now available for public comment. Provide your feedback before January 6, 2017.

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Funded Projects

 The National Security Agency is soliciting proposals for grants in the area of cybersecurity curriculum development to meet the future workforce demand. Proposals are due by December 23, 2016.

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NICE Working Group

The NICE Working Group leadership team and members presented at the 2016 NICE annual Conference and Expo. Conference attendees learned about the operation of the group and more.

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