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NICE News StoriesNICE eNewsletter |Press Releases Other Cybersecurity Education and Workforce News

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The Director of NICE, Rodney Petersen, was recognized with an Award for Government Excellence in Cybersecurity at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Learn more at (June 15, 2016)

Federal Funding Opportunity to enhance Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development (May 12, 2016)

NICE Strategic Plan Finalized (April 2016)

NICE released the first edition of a quarterly eNewsletter series to provide subscribers information on academic, industry, and government developments related to NICE, updates from key NICE programs, projects, and the NICE Working Group, and other important news. (April 13, 2016)

6th Annual NICE Conference Presentations NOW ONLINE (Nov. 3-4, 2015)

NICE eNewsletter

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Subscribe to the NICE eNewsletterTo help increase the visibility of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the NICE Program Office issues regular eNewsletters that feature spotlight articles on academic, industry, and government developments related to NICE, updates from key NICE programs, projects, and the NICE Working Group, and other important news.

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Recent Issues of the NICE eNewsletter

Press Releases

Federal Funding Opportunity to enhance Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development (May 12, 2016)

Cybersecurity Jobs “Heat Map” to Highlight Employer Needs and Worker Skill (October 27, 2015)

Other Cybersecurity Education and Workforce News

DoD Directive 8140.01 Cyberspace Workforce Management- August 11, 2016
Reissues and renumbers DoD Directive (DoDD) 8570.01 to update and expand established DoD policies and assigned responsibilities for managing the DoD cyberspace workforce.  Authorizes establishment of a DoD cyberspace workforce management council to ensure that the requirements of this directive are met. The council will be comprised of representatives from the Offices of the DoD Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO), Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)), Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)), Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)), the Joint Staff, the Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (DIRNSA/CHCSS), and other DoD Components. The directive unifies the overall cyberspace workforce and establishes specific workforce elements (cyberspace effects, cybersecurity, and cyberspace information technology (IT)) to align, manage and standardize cyberspace work roles, baseline qualifications, and training requirements.

2016 Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program provides financial support for the development of undergraduate and/or graduate level curriculum to integrate standards and standardization information and content into seminars, courses, and learning resources for U.S. colleges and universities. The Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program is not a cybersecurity-specific grant opportunity, although curricula development that promotes cybersecurity standards would be within scope. (Feb. 5, 2016)

Feds bankroll $4.2M UMass program for cybersecurity training (Jan. 22, 2016)

DHS Announces The 2016 Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative (Jan. 6, 2016)

NSA Announces Day of Cyber (Nov 2015)

The Federal Trade Commission releases Data Security guide for businesses (June 30, 2015)

OPM data breach – what should you do? (June 4, 2015)

The DoD Cyber Strategy - New Issuance (April 23, 2015)
The purpose of this Cyber Strategy, the Department's second, is to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and strengthen the cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture. It focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD's three cyber missions: todefend DoD networks, systems, and information; defend the U.S. homeland and U.S. national interests against cyberattacks of significant consequence; and support operational and contingency plans. (April 2015)

TechHire Initiative: Creating Pathways to Better, High-Paying Tech Jobs and Meeting Urgent Employer Demand Across the U.S. (March 10, 2015)

President Obama Speaks at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection (February 14, 2015) 

Florida Congressman Ross spoke on the house floor to recognize the opening of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity on Friday, February 6th, 2015. Congratulations to the University of South Florida (February 4, 2015) 

Vice President Biden Announces $25 Million in Funding for Cybersecurity Education at HBCUs - the Department of Energy will provide a $25 million grant over the next five years to support cybersecurity education. The new grant will support the creation of a new cybersecurity consortium consisting of 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), two national labs, and a k-12 school district (January 15, 2015)

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Hosts Cybersecurity Consortium Members Following White House Announcement of $25 Million in Grants to 13 HBCUs (January 16, 2015) 

Report on Education Technology - Skills & Jobs PCAST released a letter report to the President on Information Technology for Targeting Job-Skills Training and Matching Talent to Jobs. (September 29, 2014)

Ready to Work
The White House recently announced its Ready to Work program to equip our workers with the skills to compete in a 21st –century economy. As part of this NICE, which is designed to improve cybersecurity education from K-12 to postgraduate schools in the United States, is taking new actions to expand the number of individuals who are prepared for in-demand cybersecurity jobs. NICE aims to expand pathways to cyber skills and jobs by developing an interactive US map that shows where cybersecurity job openings exist while identifying for applicants the skills the job requires and the training programs available to applicants seeking each job. NICE will also expand its active engagement with employers, academic institutions, and industry to promote cybersecurity education and training programs and opportunities at colleges and universities (particularly community colleges), technical schools, and accredited two-year proprietary schools (July 22, 2014) 

National Academies of Science Study: Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce: Criteria for Decision-Making
Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce: Criteria for Decision-Making considers approaches to increasing the professionalization of the nation's cybersecurity workforce. (September 18, 2013)

Department of Labor sponsored industry Competency Models - Cybersecurity
DOL Cybersecurity Industry Model defines the latest skill and knowledge requirements needed by individuals whose activities impact the security of their organization's cyberspace. The model incorporates competencies identified in the NICE National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and complements the Framework by including both the competencies needed by the average worker who uses the Internet or the organization's computer network, as well as cybersecurity professionals. The ETA model will be updated to reflect future changes to the Framework.

O*NET OnLine
A tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

Science Nation: Community College Cybersecurity Program Trains 21st Century Workforce

Cybersecurity: It's about way more than countering hackers - Growing professionals in cybersecurity means supporting an interdisciplinary approach that develops sophisticated thinkers

IBM Center for Applied Insights report, A collaborative approach for cybersecurity education


Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Summer School 2015 - Explore the nexus between electrical enegry systems and cybersecurity

Updated Criteria for CAE-2Y, CAE, CAE-R, CAE-OP Designation

Updates to the new NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) designation are complete. The creation of this new designation will help distinguish the strengths of each of the CAE institutions, benefitting not only the CAE, but also students, employers and hiring managers throughout the nation.

  • To review CAE requirements and resources, please click here.
  • To view a mapping of the CAE Knowledge Units (KUs) click here
  • For a list of newly designated CAE IA/CD institutions, please click here.
  • For a list of institutions designated under the former CAE in IA Education and/or Research programs, please click here.

Over the next two years, innovators worldwide are invited to answer the call of Cyber Grand Challenge. Over a series of competition events, the very first prototype CTF-playing systems will be constructed, competed, and selected. In 2016, DARPA will hold the world’s first all-computer Capture the Flag tournament live on stage co-located with the DEF CON Conference in Las Vegas where automated systems may take the first steps towards a defensible, connected future.


Created January 24, 2017, Updated October 24, 2018