NICE enewlsetter Fall 2017

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Fall 2017

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, brought to you by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, will occur November 13-18, 2017Details will be available at

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Featured Article

4 Things You Should Know About Collaborating To Grow The Cybersecurity Pipeline

Authors: Patty Buddelmeyer, Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education; John Costanzo, Old Dominion University; Sanjay Goel, University at Albany, State University of New York; David Hernandez, Chicanos Por La Causa; Debbie Sagen, Pikes Peak Community College; Danielle Santos, NICE

In September of 2016, NIST awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million for five pilot projects that are taking a community approach to addressing the nation’s shortage of skilled cybersecurity employees. For the past year, these five Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) cybersecurity education and workforce development have been carrying out multiple efforts. These efforts include building interest in, and pathways to, becoming a cybersecurity professional and encouraging more employer engagement in local communities in order to influence education and training providers to develop job-driven training that provides the skills that businesses needRead More

Key Dates

CAE Community Cyber Security Virtual Career Fair
October 13, 2017

NICE Webinar: Cybersecurity Careers for Autistic People
October 18, 2017

Federal Tech/Cyber Hiring and Recruitment Event
November 6-7, 2017

NICE Annual Conference & Expo 2017
November 7-8, 2017 

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week
November 13 - 18, 2017

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

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NICE Framework in Focus 


Introducing a recurring column for each issue that will profile a cybersecurity practitioner to illustrate application of the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework categories, specialty areas, and work roles.

CATEGORY: Oversee and Govern

Provides leadership, management, direction, or development and advocacy so the organization may effectively conduct cybersecurity work.

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NAME: Tina Thorstenson

TITLE: Chief Information Security Officer

ORGANIZATION: Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona

ACADEMIC DEGREES: B.S., Management Science, Virginia Tech


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NICE Spotlight On


Internships - An “Old School” Approach That's Driving Top Cybersecurity Talent

by Chris Valentino, Director, Joint Cyberspace Operations, Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions (CIMS) Division, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Sadly, the cybersecurity field has grown faster than the workforce, leaving every sector of the economy in dire need. The (ISC) ² 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study shares that 1.8 million more cybersecurity professionals will be needed to accommodate the predicted global shortfall by 2020.   Read More


Cultivating The Female Cybersecurity Leaders Of Tomorrow

by Wendy T. Wu

In cybersecurity investigations, the faster you detect the problem, the easier it is to solve. The gender imbalance in the cybersecurity industry is another matter entirely. The lack of women in the sector is highly visible, and yet the solution is far harder to come by.  Read More 


Capability Indicators Established For NICE Framework Work Roles

by Noel Kyle, Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch

Many efforts are underway to quantify and strengthen the cybersecurity workforce as defined by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework). Read More

affiliated programs

After several years of refinement, NICE announced the latest release of the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, known as Special Publication 800-181, on Monday, August 7th, 2017. 

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funded projects

CyberSeek was updated in early August with a complete refresh of the demand and employment data in the tool, which now reflects Q2 2016 through Q1 2017.

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n i c e 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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