NICE eNewsletter Summer 2017

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Summer 2017

Featured Article

Executive Order Seeks to Grow and Sustain the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce         

by Rodney Petersen, Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

On May 11, 2017, the President issued an executive order on strengthening cybersecurity. In part, the order states that it is the policy of the United States “to support the growth and sustainment of a workforce that is skilled in cybersecurity and related fields as the foundation for achieving our objectives in cyberspace.” According to the White House National Security Council, cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development were included in the executive order because growing and sustaining the cybersecurity workforce is a national security concern. Read More

Key Dates

NICE Conference and Expo
November 7-8, 2017
Registration Open!

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

more dates

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Two-Year Colleges Launching BAS Degrees in IT and Cybersecurity

By Corrinne Sande, Whatcom Community College, Director for Computer Sciences and Information Systems & Director of CyberWatch West

The unmet need for a well-trained IT networking and cybersecurity workforce is demonstrated by increasingly serious security breaches across the United States and around the world. Currently, the nation’s cybersecurity workforce is undertrained. Not enough students are entering the education pipeline pursuing degrees or certificates in this field to meet present-day and predicted demand. Read More

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Small Business Cybersecurity: Shift from Focus on Technology to Focus on People

By Heinan Landa, Optimal Networks

Small to mid-sized businesses have long operated under the assumption that because of their size, they are of little interest to cybercriminals. Slowly but surely, SMBs are accepting the unfortunate reality that (1) they are very much at risk, and, (2) basic technology defenses are not enough to keep them protected. Read More 

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Developing a Best-in-Class Cybersecurity Workforce – The Illinois Strategy

By Kirk Lonbom, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Illinois

As the recent proliferation of the Wannacry ransomware demonstrates, cyber threats continue to grow both in volume and complexity, placing critical government services and the privacy of our citizens at ever-increasing risk. The demand for a trained and effective cybersecurity workforce continues to grow. The Center for Cyber Safety and Education’s Global Information Security Workforce Study projects that as many as 1.8 million cybersecurity positions will be unfilled over the next five years. Read More

Affiliated programs

The GenCyber Program, sponsored by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, offers free cybersecurity summer camps to K-12 students and teachers at universities across the Nation. 

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Funded projects

The NICE Challenge project is expected to have some major releases this summer including the official 1.0 release of its web application, bringing it out of beta, as well as a new challenge environment.

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NICE working group

The NICE Working Group (NICEWG) continues to work toward identifying and producing deliverables that energize and promote cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. 

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