NICE eNewsletter Winter 2018

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Winter 2018

Featured Article

Cooperative Education Model: Accelerate the Cybersecurity Learning Process        

Authors: Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Executive Director, UW Center for Information Assurance Cybersecurity; Morgan Zantua, Director Workforce Development, UW Center for Information Assurance Cybersecurity

Cooperative education (co-op) has a track record of integrating academia to corporate settings going back to the early 1900’s in American universities. Today the cooperative education model redesign is seen as one answer to close the gap between the classroom and workplace, to providing hands-on experience, and to bridging classroom lessons and theory into rapidly changing cybersecurity corporate environments. Many two and four-year institutions of higher education offer internships for a quarter or a semester. The cybersecurity field, based upon feedback from corporate and government employers, would benefit from entry-level workers with education and experience. Apprenticeship is another approach identified as a solution available using related supplemental instruction. Read More

Key Dates

NICE Working Group Meeting
January 31, 2018

NICE Webinar: Development of Soft Skills That Are in Demand by Cybersecurity Employers
February 21, 2018

2018 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference - Save The Date
December 3 - 4, 2018

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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.

Framework in Focus Carol Schmidt

NAME: Carolyn Schmidt

TITLE: Program Manager, Security Engagement and Awareness Team, Office of Information Systems Management

ORGANIZATION: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg Maryland

SPECIALTY AREA: Training, Education, and Awareness

ACADEMIC DEGREES: B.S., Computer Management and Information Science, University of Maryland University College (UMUC); M.S., Cybersecurity, UMUC; M.B.A., Business Administration, UMUC


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NICE Spotlight On

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New Regional Resource Centers and National Resource Centers Support Centers of Academic Excellence

by Lynne Clark, National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program Office

The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program (CAE-CD) was established to promote higher education and research in cyber defense and ensure a growing number of professionals with cyber defense expertise in various disciplines. These programs set the national standards and guidelines for excellence in cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.. Read More

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Impacting Diversity – One Person at a Time

by Gina Mahin, Lynx CEO; Doug Yarabinetz, Lynx Chief Marketing Officer

Lynx Technology Partners (a disabled-veteran, minority-owned business) has always been about more than just delivering cybersecurity, risk, and compliance solutions. Woven into the fabric of the company is a shared mission to have an impact that goes beyond business. Read More 

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A State's Perspective to Building the Workforce

by Aaron Verdell Call, Director, Information Security, ISRM Division, Minnesota IT Services

Few information security programs have the funding or resources they need. This is especially true when the organization provides public services. In state government, every dollar spent on IT or backoffice overhead is a dollar that doesn’t directly contribute to school lunches or police training or bridge maintenance - the tangible and easily understood kinds of things that get and keep government officials in office. Read More

Affiliated programs

On December 12, 2017, the NICCS website updated and enhanced the content for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework functionality.

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Funded projects

With the new year upon us, the NICE Challenge Project is ready to start off the year with a bang. During the last quarter of 2017, the project has been overhauling the player (student) section of its web platform.

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NICE working group

One of the projects of the NICE Working group, Training and Certifications subgroup, aims to establish criteria and standards of measurements for effective mapping of certifications.

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