Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

2023 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference Recap

2023 NICE K12 Conference Participants
Credit: NICE

The NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference took place this week in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference brought together over 550 participants and featured 16 pre-conference workshops, 42 breakout sessions in 5 tracks, several keynotes, 30 exhibitors, networking opportunities, and more. Take a look at some key highlights from the event below.

Featured Speakers

Collage of 2023 NICe K12 Conference Featured Speakers
Credit: NICE

Over 60 speakers shared ideas, insights, and perspectives during the conference, including:

  • Cougarjade Reyes, Student at Cactus High School in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Garrett Boyd, Senior Consultant at Plo Alto Networks
  • Pete Kim, Executive Director for Cybersecurity External Engagements and Partnerships for RTX
  • Elizabeth Neeley, Chief Information Officer of the Arizona Department of Education
  • Cynthia Sutherland, U.S. Public Sector Lead at Amazon Web Services
  • Student Panel: Raven White, Apprentice at NAGRA Kudelski; Heidi Spantzel, Student at John Adams Academy; Arnold Spantzel, Student at John Adams Academy; Jack Lindaman, Student at Janesville High School; Parker Horejs, Security Analyst – Tier 1 at Kudelski Security; Tyler Black, Student at Cactus High School; Aarav Akella, Student at Basha Accelerated Middle School; Davina Pruitt-Mentle, Moderator


2023 National Cyber Signing Day Participants
National Cyber Signing Day participants from left to right: Shlomo Isaacs, Phoenix College; Jeffrey Zhu, Lakota East High School; Jack Lindaman, Janesville High School; Ethan Zhao, Del Norte High School; Ilana Payne, Old Dominion University; Jeremy Sheridan, Canyon Springs High School. Student advisors are standing behind participants.
Credit: NICE

National Cyber Signing Day aims to increase awareness of cybersecurity career options and pathways available to K-12th grade students. The event this year showcased six K12 students and recent graduates who have participated in or will soon be participating in cybersecurity-related internships, apprenticeships, trainings, and certifications. 

A recording of this year’s National Cyber Signing Day will be made available on the official Signing Day website. Learn more and access recordings of previous Signing Days at


The Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award is presented annually to two teachers – one at the elementary or middle school level and another at the secondary level – who demonstrate superior achievement in instilling skills, knowledge, and passion with respect to cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related subjects. The award recognizes demonstrated superior educator accomplishment as well as academic achievement by the educator’s students.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners, who were recognized during a plenary session at the conference!

Beth Cerrone, St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont, Colorado

Jahi Garner, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Moreno Valley, California

2023 Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award Winners
Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award winners, Beth Cerrone (left) and Jahi Garner (middle), joined by Albert Palacios, Director of Cyber Education at the White House Office of the National Cyber Director.
Credit: NICE


Save the date to join us at next year's NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

2024 K12 Conference Save the Date
Credit: iKeepSafe

The NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference is supported by NICE, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce, under financial assistance award #70NANB20H144.

Released December 7, 2023