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NICE Webinar: Competencies – The Next Frontier for Closing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap


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The PowerPoint slides used during this webinar can be downloaded here

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Karen A. Wetzel
Manager of the NICE Framework
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)



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Dr. Charla Long
Executive Director
Competency-Based Education Network

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Brian Kropp
Vice President and Chief of Human Resource Research


The recently revised Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework) introduces Competencies as a mechanism for organizations to assess learners’ Knowledge and Skills and capability to perform Tasks. For instance, an employer looking to fulfill specific organizational goals may use Competencies as part of the hiring process; education and training providers may use Competencies to determine whether a learner has achieved a defined set of Knowledge and Skills or to develop and evaluate competency-based curriculum.  This webinar will describe a learner-centered approach to Competencies that is employer-driven and how assessments can be used to observe and measure learner capabilities.


Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework)
Competencies Hold the Key to Better Hiring
Competencies:  Assessment and Selection of Job Candidates (U.S. Office of Personnel Management)
Competency Model Clearinghouse (U.S. Department of Labor)
An Overview of Competency-Based Education 
Competency-Based Education Network
Competency-Based Learning or Personalized Learning (U.S. Department of Education)
Executive Order on Modernizing and Reforming the Assessment and Hiring of Federal Job Candidates

Created November 9, 2020, Updated January 21, 2021