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Winter 2018 - 19

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Cybersecurity Workers Needed ASAP: Accelerated Pathway to a Cybersecurity Degree

by Chris Schilling, Director of Marketing and Communications, Ivy Tech Community College Columbus

At an old psychiatric hospital in rural Indiana, college students are learning some of the most advanced techniques to thwart online hackers and protect the nation’s cyber network. They are enrolled in Ivy Tech Community College’s Muscatatuck Cyber Academy – an 11-month program in which they can earn an Associate Degree in Cyber Security and study in one of the most unique, state-of-the-art facilities in the world. Ivy Tech is Indiana’s community college network with 19 campuses statewide. The Columbus campus, located about an hour south of Indianapolis, collaborated with the Indiana National Guard to create the Muscatatuck Cyber Academy. Read More

Key Dates

NICE Webinar: Encouraging Cybersecurity Career Discovery via Career Assessment Tools  December 19, 2018

NICE Webinar: Computational Thinking and Skills: A Foundation for STEM and Cybersecurity Education January 16, 2019

FISSEA Conference March 27-28, 2019

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NICE Framework in Focus 

Framework in Focus

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

CATEGORIES: Oversee and Govern/Protect and Defend

Provides leadership, management, direction, or development and advocacy so the organization may effectively conduct cybersecurity work. / Identifies, analyzes, and mitigates threats to internal information technology (IT) systems and/or networks.

Miguel Ramirez

NAME: Miguel Ramirez

TITLE: IT Security and Compliance Apprentice

ORGANIZATION: Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

SPECIALTY AREAS: Program/Project Management and Acquisition, Incident Response, Vulnerability Assessment and Management

WORK ROLES: IT Program Auditor, Cyber Defense Incident Responder, Vulnerability Assessment Analyst

ACADEMIC DEGREES: Cybersecurity Technician Apprentice Certificate, North Carolina Community College System; Cybersecurity Technician Certificate, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor

CERTIFICATIONSCertified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); PCEC - Cybersecurity Essentials Certification, Palo Alto Networks

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Moving the Needle: Securing Cybersecurity in Computing Curricula via Accreditation

by Larry Jones, President, ABET; Allen Parrish, Associate Vice President for Research, Mississippi State University; and Rajendra Raj, Professor of Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology

A core responsibility of a profession is to ensure its practitioners possess specialized knowledge and skills to be used in service to the public. With the enormous impact of cyber threats on the world, there is no doubt that cybersecurity practitioners must rally around this obligation. Read More

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Cyber NYC: Inclusive Innovation in Cybersecurity Workforce Development

by Brigit Goebelbecker, Project Manager, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Cyber NYC is a $100 million public-private investment led by the New York City Economic Development (NYCEDC) Corporation to grow the local cyber ecosystem. Through a suite of programmatic investments, NYCEDC will develop the cyber workforce, help companies drive innovation, and build new networks and community spaces to foster collaboration. Together, these programs will catalyze 10,000 jobs over the next ten years. Read More 

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Teaching Tech: Every Student, Every School Cyber Educated

by Shawn Riley, CIO, North Dakota Information Technology Department

North Dakota has received accolades as a great place to live, work and do business. Our workforce is highly engaged, industries from agriculture and energy to the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector are thriving, and we have a phenomenal ecosystem of public and private sector partners committed to growing our state’s economy and supporting our students and workforce. Read More

Affiliated programs

As of November 2018, The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers & Studies (NICCS) has published a new set of National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAEs) in Cyber Defense to be featured on the NICCS CAE Highlights page.

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Funded projects

The new data from CyberSeek was announced November 7, 2018 at the NICE Conference and Expo in Miami, Florida. The new data shows that cybersecurity workers are in particular demand, even as job openings outpace job seekers in the U.S.

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NICE working group

The NICE Working Group, supported by public and private sector participants, welcomes Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, President of Dakota State University, as the new NICE Working Group Co-Chair representing Academia. We also welcome several new subgroup Co-Chairs.

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