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Workshop on Cybersecurity Workforce Development

The audio from this workshop was recorded. Listen to the recording here

Notes from the workshop are located here

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will hold a workshop on cybersecurity workforce development on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. The workshop will help in carrying out a study called for in Executive Order 13800, "Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure "1 . With respect to cybersecurity workforce development, the Executive Order directs the Secretary of Commerce, in conjunction with the Secretary of Homeland Security and in consultation with other Federal Departments and Agencies, to assess the scope and sufficiency of efforts to educate and train the American cybersecurity workforce of the future. This includes cybersecurity-related education curricula, training, and apprenticeship programs, from primary through higher education. The order also calls for a report to the President with findings and recommendations regarding how to support the growth and sustainment of the Nation's cybersecurity workforce in the public and private sectors. 


This workshop will provide information to inform the study and the report to the President. It will supplement responses to a Request for Information published in the Federal Register on July 12, 2017.


DATES: The workshop will be held 8:30a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

ADDRESS:  The workshop will be held at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Hermann Hall Conference Center, McCormick Auditorium, 3241 S Federal St, Chicago IL 60616. Directions to Main Campus:

PARKING: Parking will be available on the IIT Main Campus. Park only in the yellow lots marked "visitor".  Pay stations accept credit cards only.

LUNCH OPTIONS: Lunch will be on your own. View a list of nearby lunch options here

TRAVEL LOGISTICS: The nearest airport is Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), 9 miles from IIT. O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is 19 miles from IIT. The IIT campus is also accessible by the Chicago Transit Authority:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sara Kerman, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8930, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8900, telephone: 301-975-4634, or by email at: sara.kerman [at] (subject: Workshop%20on%20Cybersecurity%20Workforce%20Development) (sara[dot]kerman[at]nist[dot]gov). Please use the subject line "Workshop on Cybersecurity Workforce Development."

The official site for information about the cybersecurity workforce development study and report is at

[1] Exec. Order No. 13800, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, 82 FR 22391 (May 11, 2017).

Workshop on Cybersecurity

Workforce Development

Purpose:  To provide additional opportunities for public and private sector input and feedback to the report by the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security called for by the cybersecurity workforce provisions of the Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.


  1. To inform and potentially validate findings resulting from the formal assessment, deliberations of the interagency working group, and responses to the Request for Information
  2. To raise public awareness of the key areas of focus (e.g., K-12 education, higher education, training, curricula, apprenticeships, etc.)

Workshop Details:

Date/Time:  August 2nd, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT

  • Lunch on your own: view a list of lunch options here

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Host:  Illinois Institute of Technology

View the full agenda here

Hotel Blake Chicago  500 South Dearborn Street

Club Quarters Hotel Central Loop  111 West Adams Street

Chicago South Loop Hotel 11 West 26th Street

Hyatt McCormick Place  2233 South Martin Luther King Drive

  • Close proximity to CST – Red Line

Best Western Grant Park  11th Street & South Michigan

Holiday Inn & Suites  506 West Harrison

The Blackstone  636 South Michigan Ave.

  • Close proximity to CST - Red Line

Marriott Marquis  2121 South Prairie Avenue  

Hilton Michigan Avenue 720 S Michigan Avenue

The Polo Inn (Bridgeport USA) Bed and Breakfast 3322 S Morgan Street

Created July 11, 2017, Updated September 28, 2017