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


The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. Located in the Information Technology Laboratory  at NIST, the NICE Program Office operates under the Applied Cybersecurity Division, positioning the program to support the country’s ability to address current and future cybersecurity challenges through standards and best practices.
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 NICE Program Office or NICE Community 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 July 27, 2022