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The Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework)

Current Version | Data | Translations| Supplemental Material 

Current Version

NIST Special Publication 800-181 revision 1: The Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework) (November 2020)

NICE Framework  Data

NICE Framework data comprises Categories, Work Roles, Competencies, and Task, Knowledge, and Skill (TKS) statements as well as the relationships between those elements. Please note that the 2017 NICE Framework data is currently being reviewed and updated to align with the November 2020 revision. Until those updates occur, the 2017 NICE Framework versions of Categories, Work Roles, and Task, Knowledge, and Skill (TKS) statements along with the draft NICE Framework Competencies are the most up-to-date data available for use.

  • Reference Spreadsheet (XLSX)
    The Reference Spreadsheet for the 2017 NICE Framework data also provides a mapping to the employment codes as required by the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act.
  • NICE Framework Competencies
    Draft NIST Interagency or Internal Report (NISTIR) 8355, NICE Framework Competencies: Assessing Learners for Cybersecurity Work, provides more detail on what NICE Framework Competencies are, including their evolution and development and example uses from various stakeholder perspectives. It is accompanied by a draft spreadsheet listing of 54 proposed Competencies and their descriptions. A second draft for comment is expected in December 2021.


We encourage translations of the NICE Framework. To submit a translation, please NICEframework [at] (contact us)

Supplemental Material

Created November 8, 2019, Updated November 10, 2021