Develop a Superior Cybersecurity Workforce | Resources to Support Diversity | Beyond Table Top Exercises

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Spring 2019

Call for Proposals

NICE Conference and Expo | November 18-20, 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona

The 2019 NICE Conference and Expo program committee is seeking timely, topical, and thought-provoking presentations in line with the conference theme, "Reimagining the Future of the Cybersecurity Workforce: Adapting to a Changing Landscape". Learn more and submit your proposal by May 19, 2019 at

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Featured Article

New Resources to Support Women in Cybersecurity         

By Laura Bate, Policy Analyst, Cybersecurity Initiative, New America

With support from NICE, New America—a public policy think tank—convened a group of experts to develop new, implementable ideas to attract, retain, and support women in cybersecurity jobs. The group included many familiar faces from the ongoing conversation on cybersecurity diversity and inclusion. On the basis that new perspectives generate new ideas, the group also incorporated outside experts in behavioral science, gender studies, venture capital and other fields that have a stake in the conversation. The project team then distilled the group’s findings into three products to share with the cybersecurity community. Read More

Key Dates

FISSEA Conference
June 27-28, 2019

NICE Conference and Expo November 18-20, 2019

NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference
December 9-10, 2019

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Infusing Cybersecurity Concepts into PK-12 Education: The Complexity of Integrating Multiple Standards

By Gretechen M. Richards, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Emergency Management and School of Education, Center of Information Security and Assurance (CISA), Jacksonville State University, and Tommy E. Turner, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education, Jacksonville State University

Could investing in teachers be an easy fix to the cybersecurity workforce shortage? Trained teachers could reach a multitude of students—and a few teachers could even transfer to industry and help fill the cybersecurity workforce gap. Read More

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Train like you Fight, Fight like you Train: Beyond Table Top Exercises

By JC Vega, COL (USA Retired), Executive Security Advisor, X-Force Command Cyber Range Coach, National Security Institute Visiting Fellow, IBM Security, and Daniel J.W. King, COL (USA Retired), X-Force Command Cyber Range, Chief of Operations, IBM Security

The paradigm shift for cybersecurity crisis response training is here. If you want to prepare for a security breach, tabletop exercises and unpracticed runbooks aren’t enough. Cyber responders, from Cyber Incident Response Teams (CIRTs) to Security Operation centers (SOCs), and from C-suites to boardrooms, require a whole-of-business response to act with confidence in dynamic, business do-or-die situations. Read More 

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National Cyber Strategy: Developing a Superior Cybersecurity Workforce

By Rodney Petersen, Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce

In September 2018, the Trump Administration announced a National Cyber Strategy – “the first fully articulated strategy in 15 years.” The Strategy articulated four pillars with corresponding priority actions and strategies. One of the pillars, “Promote American Prosperity”, includes the priority action to “Develop a Superior Cybersecurity Workforce.” The stated objective of this pillar is to “Preserve United States influence in the technological ecosystem and the development of cyberspace as an open engine of economic growth, innovation, and efficiency.” Read More

Affiliated programs

The CAE-CD Program turns 20 this year! In honor of this anniversary, there is a great opportunity to "go back to our roots..."

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Funded projects

The DHS Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency announces a National Cybersecurity Awareness Grant funding opportunity. Apply by May 9, 2019! 

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NICE working group

The NICE Working Group Collegiate subgroup kicked off a new project team to study, document, and develop resources for Career Pathways in Cybersecurity. 

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