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NIST Special Publication 800-181 revision 1, the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework), describes cybersecurity work and what individuals and teams need to know and do to perform that work.

The NICE Framework building blocks are Task, Knowledge, and Skill (TKS) statements that can be used via: 

  • Competency Areas:  A cluster of related Knowledge and Skill statements that correlates with one’s capability to perform Tasks in a particular domain.
  • Work Roles: A grouping of work for which someone is responsible or accountable.
  • Teams: Groups formed to collectively tackle complex challenges by bringing together individuals with complementary skills and experience.

The NICE Framework is used by employers, learners (including students, job-seekers, and employees), academia, and training and certification providers. The NICE Framework is intended to be applied in the public and private sectors, across industries, and both nationwide and internationally.

Learn more about the NICE Framework and its components.

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Find answers to common questions about the NICE Framework, including an FAQ especially for K12 educators. Still have a question? NICEFramework [at] (Email us.)


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Ways to Engage

Get involved with supporting the NICE Framework. From group participation to direct feedback, learn more here.


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Revision Process

Learn how revisions are made and what the change request process entails.


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Latest Updates

Learn more about the latest activities and released updates.



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Learn about the inception of the NICE Framework and access earlier versions.

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Created November 8, 2019, Updated July 19, 2023