NICE eNewsletter Fall 2018

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Fall 2018

Featured Article

NICE Framework Meets Cybersecurity Framework 

by Bill Newhouse, Deputy Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Greg Witte, Security Engineer, G2 Inc.

Two important efforts underway within ACD include the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Cybersecurity Framework), which helps organizations to better understand and improve their cybersecurity risk management and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework). Both the Cybersecurity Framework and the NICE Framework offer a common lexicon and taxonomy that have helped to evolve our nation’s efforts in cybersecurity risk management and workforce education and training. Read More

Key Dates

NIST Lunch, Learn, & Listen! October 16, 2018

NICE Conference and Expo, November 6-7, 2018 

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week November 12-17, 2018 

NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference, December 3-4, 2018 

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NICE Framework in Focus 

NICE Protect and Defend Black Border

A profile of a cybersecurity practitioner to illustrate application of the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework categories, specialty areas, and work roles.

CATEGORY: Protect and Defend

Uses data collected from a variety of cyber defense tools (e.g., IDS alerts, firewalls, network traffic logs.) to analyze events that occur within their environments for the purposes of mitigating threats. 

NICE FIF Matthew McCollough

NAME: Matthew McCollough

TITLE: Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst

ORGANIZATION: Minnesota IT Services ISRM Security Operations Center

SPECIALTY AREA: Cyber Defense Analysis/Incident Response

WORK ROLE: Cyber Defense Analyst/Cyber Defense Incident Responder

ACADEMIC DEGREES: Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Sciences, Century College; Associate of Applied Science in Network and Systems Administration; Bachelor of Science in Business and Physiology, University of Minnesota; Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Saint Cloud State University

CERTIFICATIONS: CompTIA Security+; CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst CySA+; Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP) Associate

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Connecting Cybersecurity Professionals to Every Classroom

by Sean McNally, CyberPatriot Coordinator, Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD); Veronica Barajas, Librarian, Zachry Middle School; Marc Segal, Director of Innovation, Atlas; and Matt Pronio, Program Manager, Nepris 

We have a unique situation — a low jobless rate, record job openings, and more than enough people to fill them. So why aren’t employers hiring the millions available who are actively looking for work? Read More

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The CEO Almost Didn't Graduate, Yet Donated $50 Million to his Alma Mater

by Matt Richards, Chief Marketing Officer, Datto

While the hit felt by loss of data can be equal to businesses of all sizes, large corporations have the financial resources to protect their data against large scale attacks with high-end infrastructure. Small and medium sized businesses simply do not. Datto’s CEO, Austin McChord, wanted to do something about it. Read More 

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U.S. Department of Energy CyberForce Competition

by Brian Marko, Program Manager, Energy Sector Exercises, Infrastructure Security & Energy Restoration (ISER), Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), U.S. Department of Energy

This competition is focused on building actual scenarios relevant to the energy sector that incorporate real-world constraints such as limited budget for maintenance or upkeep, insufficient understanding of the system’s needs, website defacement, and lack of permission controls. Read More

Affiliated programs

The National Science Foundation, in coordination with the Office of Personnel Management, has developed a Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) program as part of NSF's CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.

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Funded projects

The National Security Agency is soliciting proposals from universities, public or private schools or school systems, not-for-profit institutions, or non-profit institutions to participate in the 2019 GenCyber Program. 

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NICE working group

The Workforce Management subgroup recently released a draft guidebook, Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Job, which provides things to know, and things to do, for everyone in an organization regardless of its type or size. 

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