NICE eNewsletter Spring 2017

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Spring 2017

Call for Proposals

NICE Annual Conference and Expo | November 7-8, 2017 | Dayton, Ohio


NICE is seeking timely, topical, and thought-provoking presentations for our 2017 annual conference and expo. This year’s theme, “Challenging the Status Quo: Building a Robust and Sustainable Cybersecurity Ecosystem,” was chosen to inspire presentations that aim to shape the way in which the nation identifies, educates, trains and builds a 21st century cutting-edge Cybersecurity Ecosystem. Submit your proposal today at

Featured Article

Identifying Untapped Talent for Cyber Warfare Operations Using a Cyber Aptitude and Talent Assessment

by Susan G. Campbell, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language

Finding the right person for the right job at the right time is the central problem of cybersecurity personnel selection. Employers want to know that they have selected a person who can succeed in the job. Job-seekers want to know that they are pursuing a job that they can perform and will find fulfilling. Both of those groups would like to get the answer quickly without a lot of trial-and-error. This problem is particularly pressing in military organizations like the United States Air Force (USAF) which need to hire people and then train them for specific occupations that may not have a civilian counterpart. That is why the NICE Strategic Plan includes the objective to “Encourage tools and techniques that effectively measure and validate individual aptitude, knowledge, skills, and abilities.”  Read More

Key Dates

National Cybersecurity Summit
June 6-8, 2017

NICE Annual Conference and Expo
November 7-8, 2017

NICE K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference
December 4-5, 2017

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Building Capacity within the NSF Scholarship for Service Program

by Dr. Barbara Huffman de Belón, National CyberWatch Center; Dr. Costis Toregas, George Washington University

The SFS program is designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. Today, sixty-nine colleges and universities from 30 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia participate in the SFS program. As with other scholarship for service programs, recipients receive financial support for two or more years of their college education, in exchange for agreeing to work for the federal, state, local, or tribal government for a period of time equal to the number of semesters that were supported. Read More

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The Best Ways to Attract, Hire and Retain Talent 

by Deidre Diamond, and, Founder and CEO

The unemployment rate for cybersecurity professionals—the people protecting us from cyber-attacks—is zero (some studies say it could be even higher), but most of these professionals (59%) are less than satisfied with their current jobs, leaving them receptive to the frequent calls they get from recruiters. This recruiting and retention challenge is a very serious national security issue. It’s no wonder a commonly heard question is: “What are the ‘best ways’ to attract, hire and retain talent?” Read More 

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Cybersecurity Awareness and Training of Federal Employees: 30 Years of FISSEA

by Gretchen Morris, DB Consulting Group, Inc.

FISSEA is an organization founded in 1987 bringing together information systems security professionals from the federal government to share best practices, collaborate on new ideas, and network. Every organization, agency, and/or department aims to grow and develop their security programs. FISSEA members come together collectively to help find solutions to address current concerns in cybersecurity, keep our learners engaged, and guide the direction of effective security training programs.  Read More

Affiliated programs

The Advanced Cyberforensics Education (ACE) Consortium, in concert with the Florida Cyber Alliance, will hold its 5th Annual Cyber Camp June 12-15, 2017, at Daytona State College.

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Funded projects

The NICE Challenge Project continues to see fantastic growth in its user base. The project is just a few institutions away from reaching a milestone 100 registered institutions! 

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NICE working group

The NICE Working Group has been established to provide a mechanism for the public and private sector to collaborate on advancing cybersecurity education and workforce development. 

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