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About | NICE Strategic PlanNICE Community Coordinating Council | The NICE Interagency Coordinating Council


NICE got its start in 2008 via the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative and was originally aimed at making the Federal workforce better prepared to handle cybersecurity challenges. In May 2009, the scope was expanded beyond the Federal workforce to include the private sector workforce, truly making NICE a national charge. At the time, several federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, Department of Education, and others led various components of NICE. A few years later, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 Title IV established the “National cybersecurity awareness and education program”, to be led by NIST, thus formally establishing the NICE Program Office. Previously known as the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, NICE now goes only by its acronym to reflect an institutionalized program working to advance cybersecurity education and workforce development.
The mission of NICE is to energize, promote, and coordinate a robust community working together to advance an integrated ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our Nation secure.

Get more of an overview of NICE through our brochures:  


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NICE Strategic Plan

The NICE Strategic Plan is the result of engagement and deliberation among NICE partners in government, academia, and industry. The overall intent of the Strategic Plan is to provoke a national conversation and guide action on how to address the critical shortage of a skilled cybersecurity workforce. 

Learn more about NICE through the NICE Strategic Plan.


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NICE Community Coordinating Council

The NICE Community Coordinating Council (NICE Community) has been established to provide a mechanism in which public and private sector participants can develop concepts, design strategies, and pursue actions that advance cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

Learn more about the NICE Community Coordinating Council.


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NICE Interagency Coordinating Council

The NICE Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) convenes federal government partners of NICE for consultation, communication, and coordination of policy initiatives and strategic directions related to cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. 

Learn more about the NICE Interagency Coordinating Council.



  • NICE Program Office
    (301) 975-4470
    100 Bureau Dr.
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Created January 20, 2017, Updated June 6, 2023