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Cybersecurity education and workforce development


NIST is charged with energizing and promoting a robust network and ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. 

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by NIST, is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. Its mission is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. 

The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework is a fundamental reference for describing and sharing information about cybersecurity work. It categorizes and describes cybersecurity work, establishing a much needed taxonomy and common lexicon that describes cybersecurity work and workers irrespective of where or for whom the work is performed. The NICE Framework increasingly is relied upon across all sectors and is helping organizations as they address an urgent shortage of workers to fill cybersecurity jobs. 

NICE also helps to visualize the need for and supply of cybersecurity workers across the country via a Cybersecurity Jobs Heat Map. The tool provides data to help employers, job seekers, policy makers, training providers, and guidance counselors meet today’s increasing demand.

The Federal Information Security Educators (FISSEA), founded in 1987, is an organization run by and for Federal government information security professionals to assist Federal agencies in strengthening their employee cybersecurity awareness and training programs. FISSEA conducts an annual fee-based conference. FISSEA strives to elevate the general level of information security knowledge for the federal government and the federally-related workforce. FISSEA serves as a professional forum for the exchange of information and improvement of information systems security awareness, training, and education programs throughout the federal government. It also seeks to provide for the professional development of community members.


Enabling cybersecurity for small and medium manufacturers

NIST Researchers Receive Award for Manufacturing Cybersecurity Guidelines, Achieving Wider Use

A woman (Danielle Santos) stands at a podium holding a microphone and gesturing with her other hand.

Spotlight: See Beyond the Stereotype With Danielle Santos and Consider a Cyber Career

Still from ransomware video shows red computer screen with skulls and header "Ransomware Attack."

NIST Releases Tips and Tactics for Dealing With Ransomware


FISSEA Fall Forum: November 15, 2022

Tue, Nov 15 2022, 1:00 - 4:00pm EST
The FISSEA Forums are quarterly meetings to provide opportunities for policy and programmatic updates, the exchange of