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Framework in Focus

To help increase the visibility of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the NICE Program Office issues quarterly eNewsletters. Each newsletter contains a profile of a cybersecurity practitioner to illustrate application of the NICE Framework Categories, Specialty Areas, and Work Roles.

Interviews are recorded and transcribed. Click any of the links below to listen to the audio and download the transcripts.


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NICE FiF T_Thorstenson

Tina Thorstenson
Chief Information Security Officer, Arizona State University

NICE Framework Specialty Area:
Cybersecurity Management


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NICE FiF C_Schmidt

Carolyn Schmidt
Program Manager, Office Of Information Systems Management, National Institute of Standards and Technology

NICE Framework Specialty Area:
Training, Education and Awareness

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NICE FiF A_Kleinick

Andy Kleinick
Detective III of Cyber Crimes Section, Los Angeles Police Department

NICE Framework Specialty Area: Cyber Investigation, Digital Forensics, Training, Education, and Awareness

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Julia Chua
Manager, Risk Management Program, Office of Information Security, US Department of Health and Human Services

NICE Framework Specialty Area: Risk Management


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NICE FiF M_McCollough

Matthew McCollough
Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst, Minnesota IT Standards and Resource Management Security Operations Center

NICE Framework Specialty Area: Cyber Defense Analysis, Incident Response


NICE FiF M_Ramirez

Miguel Ramirez
IT Security and Compliance Apprentice, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

NICE Framework Specialty Areas: Program/Project Management (PMA) and Acquisition, Incident Response, Vulnerability Assessment Management

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NICE FiF T_Nordvedt

Tim Nordvedt
Cyber Tools Delivery Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton

NICE Framework Specialty Area: Technology Research and Development



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NICE FiF A_Chopra

Anju Chopra
Senior Vice President, Cyber Technologies, Kroll

NICE Framework Specialty Areas: Risk Management (RSK), Software Development (DEV), Systems Architecture (ARC), Technology R&D (TRD), and Systems Requirement Planning (SRP)

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Gregory L. Bird
Mission Systems Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Infrastructure Security Division

NICE Framework Specialty Areas: Systems Requirements Planning, Program and Project Management and Acquisition

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Chris Knox
Manager, Security Awareness & Analysis, CPS Energy

NICE Framework Work Roles: Cyber Instructor/Threat Analyst


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Lonnie Harris

Lonnie Harris
Director, Security Enterprise Engineering, Equifax, Inc.

NICE Framework Work Roles: Security Architect/Systems Developer/Cyber Defense Analyst


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Wintana Girma
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Wintana Girma
GRC Analyst, Third Party Risk Management,
Rush University Medical Center

NICE Framework Work Roles: Risk Management, Authorizing Official/Designating Representative and Cyber Policy and Strategy Planner

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Leeza Garber, Esq.
Privacy & Cybersecurity Attorney; Co-Founder of Can. Trust. Will., LLC; Adjunct Professor at Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law (Information Privacy Law) and Guest Lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania's The Wharton School (Internet Law)

NICE Framework Work Roles: Cyber Legal Advisor, Executive Cyber Leadership, Privacy Compliance 

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Charles Britt
Information Systems Security Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

NICE Framework Work Role: Information Systems Security Manager


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Santi Kiran
Security Control Assessor, National Institute for Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce 

NICE Framework Work Roles: Security Control Assessor


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Eoghan Casey
Eoghan Casey

Eoghan Casey
Chief Scientist, DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3)

NICE Framework Work Roles: Cyber Defense Analyst; Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst;  Cyber Defense Incident Responder; Counter-Intelligence Forensics Analyst; Threat/Warning Analyst

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Maril Vernon
Offensive Security Engineer

NICE Framework Work Roles: Cyber Operator; Cyber Ops Planner; Exploitation Analyst; Security Control Assessor; System Testing and Evaluation Specialist; Vulnerability Assessment Analyst

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Credit: Joshua Peebels

Joshua Peebels
Security Operations Center Manager
SpearTip, LLC

NICE Framework Work Roles: Cyber Workforce Developer and Manager



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Credit: Karen Ribble

Karen Ribble
IT Project Manager,
Augusta University Health

NICE Framework Work Roles: IT Project Manager

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Created November 11, 2019, Updated May 24, 2022