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The Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework)

Current Version | Data | Translations| Supplemental Material 


Provide your comments on the proposed NICE Framework Data Update Process, refactored NICE Framework Ability Statements, and NICE Framework Competencies by January 31, 2022.

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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. 
  • JSON File (JSON)
    The JSON file format for the NICE Framework is a machine-readable format that can be used in many web applications to transmit structured data from system to system. The JSON file format  includes 2017 NICE Framework data (including  the now defunct Specialty Areas and Ability statements) a list of Work Roles and Task, Knowledge, and Skill (TKS) statements . It also includes the Categories, Specialty Areas, and Ability statements from the 2017 NICE Framework. For more information, read our JSON FAQ.


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

Supplemental Material

  • Task, Knowledge, Skill (TKS) Statements Authoring Guide for Workforce Frameworks (PDF)
    This working draft, a collaborative NIST effort between NICE and the Privacy Engineering Program (PEP), was developed for use during the 2021 NICE review of the NICE Framework TKS statements and the PEP development of new TKS statements for its Privacy Workforce Framework. The current draft includes updates made in July 2021.
  • Playbook for Workforce Frameworks
    Workforce frameworks provide employers, learners, and training and education providers a common language to describe the work of a particular domain and what workers need to know or be able to do to complete that work. The Playbook for Workforce Frameworks provides a template for other organizations to use when developing workforce frameworks and serves as a reference resource for frameworks that have used the model.
  • Proposed NICE Framework Data Update Process (PDF), Provide comments by January 31, 2022
    An ongoing review and update process for NICE Framework data (Work Roles, Competencies, and Task, Knowledge, and Skill [TKS] statements) is being proposed to ensure that the NICE Framework is agile, flexible, interoperable, and modular. This process will enable NICE Framework implementers and stakeholders to suggest changes, allow for more regular updates, make NICE Framework data available in machine-readable formats, and other improvements. This resource will provide more information about what to expect.
Created November 8, 2019, Updated December 15, 2021