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NICE Webinar: The Evolution of Federal Government Cybersecurity Education and Scholarship Programs


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The PowerPoint slides used during the webinar can be downloaded here.


Rodney Petersen

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

Rodney Petersen

Victor Piotrowski

-Lead Program Director
CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS)
-Program Director
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
National Science Foundation

Victor Piotrowski

Lynne Clark

Chief of the NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence
National Security Agency

Lynne Clark


As the demand for a talented and skilled cybersecurity workforce continues to grow in the United States, so do the programs that are administered by the federal government intended to grow and sustain the cybersecurity workforce for both the public and private sectors.  The cybersecurity education initiatives undertaken by the U.S. government are administered by several different federal departments and agencies and are derived from a diverse set of legislative mandates, executive orders, or other directives.  This webinar will describe the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) leadership of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the role of the National Science Foundation in providing grants as part of the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service Program, the Department of Defense interests in the Information Assurance Scholarship Program now known as the Cyber Scholarship Program, and the expansion of the Department of Homeland Security/National Security Agency Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity.


National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (2003)

Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) (2008)

Cyberspace Policy Review (2009)

Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014

Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act (2015)

Cybersecurity Act of 2015

Executive Order 13800

National Defense Authorization Act of 2017

Strategic Plan of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (OPM)

CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service Program (NSF) 

Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity

CAE Community

Created February 21, 2018, Updated July 23, 2020