NICE Framework Review and Update Process | Helping Students Map a Career in Cybersecurity | Revising Cybersecurity Job Descriptions | Assessing the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce

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national initiative for cybersecurity education e newsletter

Winter 2019-20

Call for Abstracts

Special Issue of the Cybersecurity Skills Journal focused on the NICE Framework

The NICE Framework was published as NIST Special Publication 800-181 in August
2017. NICE intends to review and update the NICE Framework during 2020.
Therefore, the Cybersecurity Skills Journal is seeking manuscript ideas and drafts that
examine the usefulness, benefits, and challenges associated with the adoption,
adaptation, or extension of the NICE Framework in cybersecurity practice, to improve
learning, and advance the state of cybersecurity capability maturity. We invite authors
to submit a paper proposal or draft manuscript abstract that conforms to the structured
abstract format specified in the Cybersecurity Skills Journal Author Guidelines.

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Featured Article

NICE Framework Review and Update Process

by Lisa Dorr, Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Pam Frugoli, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor; Matt Isnor, Office of the Chief Information Officer U.S. Department of Defense; Bill Newhouse, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Ben Scribner, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is planning to update the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework), NIST Special Publication 800-181. The public was invited to provide related input by January 13, 2020. Read More

Key Dates

NICE Framework Request for Comments Deadline
January 13, 2020

NICE Webinar
January 29, 2020

Call for Abstracts for the Special Issue of the Cybersecurity Skills Journal Deadline
January 29, 2020

NICE Conference and Expo
November 16-18, 2020

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NICE Framework in Focus 


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

CATEGORY: Securely Provision and Oversee and Govern

Conceptualizes, designs, procures, and/or builds secure information technology (IT) systems, with responsibility for aspects of system and/or network development. Provides leadership, management, direction, or development and advocacy so the organization may effectively conduct cybersecurity work.

Gregory Bird

NAME: Gregory L Bird

TITLE: Mission Systems Branch Chief

ORGANIZATION: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Infrastructure Security Division

SPECIALTY AREAS: Systems Requirements Planning, Program and Project Management and Acquisition

WORK ROLES: Systems Requirements Planner, IT Project Manager, and Product Support Manager

ACADEMIC DEGREES: B.S., Management of Information Systems: Information Assurance, Minor Information Security, Liberty University; B.S., Management of Information Systems: Data Networking, Minor Information Systems, Liberty University; M.S. Cybersecurity, Liberty University

CERTIFICATIONS: (ISC)2 CISSP, ISSEP, ISSMP; CompTIA Security+, Network+; Cisco CCNP Routing & Switching, Security, Service Provider, CCDP; ITILv3 Foundations & Intermediate

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NICE Spotlight On


Helping Students Map a Career in Cybersecurity using the NICE Framework  

By Valarie (Vicki) McLain, Computer Information Systems Instructor and Director for the Center for Cybersecurity, Lake Superior College 

Have you ever looked at the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and wondered, “What is this? How am I going to utilize this in my class?” If so, you’re not alone! Many people are aware that hundreds of thousands of cybersecurity positions in the U.S. are currently unfilled. However, very few people know how broad and varied the field of cybersecurity is and how to construct a workforce that meets their mission goals. Read More


Growing IBM’s Cybersecurity Workforce by Revising Job Descriptions with the NICE Framework & New Collar Principles 

by Tommy Wenzlau, Talent Leader New Collar Initiatives at IBM

The cybersecurity skills gap is real and growing. CyberSeek data shows an estimated 500,000 unfilled cybersecurity roles in the United States. How will we begin to close that gap if we don’t start thinking – and acting – differently about how we identify and develop talent? Read More 


Using the NICE Framework to Assess the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce 

This story was compiled from a contribution by Anthony Marucci, Director of Communications, Office of Personnel Management 

The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act (FCWAA) of 2015 started a process whereby the federal government was required to use the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to conduct a federal cybersecurity workforce assessment. Read More

affiliated programs

Changes to the requirements for the Center of Academic Excellence designation have fueled the need for new workshops to inform and coach applicants through the new process.

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funded projects

The NICE Challenge Project released two major platform features, a steady count of new cybersecurity challenges, and experienced ongoing growth with its user base. 

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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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