NICE eNewsletter Spring 2016

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National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) eNewsletter

Spring 2016

Featured Article

Introducing the NICE Strategic Plan

by Rodney Petersen, Director, NICE 

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has been operating under a strategic plan that was developed in 2012. As a result of new leadership and increased federal investments, the NICE Program Office is strengthening engagement among stakeholders and updating NICE’s strategic directions. Additionally, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (Act) reaffirms the role of NICE, and Title IV of the Act directed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as the lead for NICE, to develop and implement a new strategic plan by December 2015 to guide Federal programs and activities in support of the national cybersecurity education programRead More

Key Dates

2016 NICE Conference Call for Proposals 
Accepting Proposals through
May 31, 2016

National Cyber Summit
June 8-9, 2016

Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education
June 13-15, 2016

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Creating a 21st Century Learning Environment for 21st Century Jobs

by G.B. Cazes, Vice President, Cyber Innovation Center

The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), an academic division of the Cyber Innovation Center funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was created to design, develop, and advance both cyber and STEM academic outreach and workforce development programs across the nation. Read More



Moving Wounded Warriors from the Physical Battlefield to the Cyber Battle Field

by Jim Wiggins, Executive Director, FITSI Foundation

The FITSI Foundation (a 501c3 public charity) was established in 2012 to retrain wounded warriors as cybersecurity specialists, at no cost to them. The name of the program is the Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy (W2CCA)Read More 


The Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP)

by Bill Newhouse, Deputy Project Director, NICE

CNAP describes a series of near-term actions to enhance cybersecurity capabilities within the Federal government and across the country while putting in place a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, protect privacy, maintain public safety, economic and national security, and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security. Read More


Affiliated Programs

Various organizations within the US government own and operate programs designed to enhance the cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development needs of the nation.

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Funded Projects

The US government provides funding to third parties to develop products that will help advance cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development needs.

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NICE 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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