A skilled and knowledgeable workforce is a key pillar of an effective privacy program. Unfortunately, stakeholders have signaled that demand for a robust and effective privacy workforce is outpacing supply, as recognized in the Privacy Framework companion roadmap. We believe that the first step towards the development of a workforce capable of managing privacy risk is the creation of a privacy workforce taxonomy, aligned with the Privacy Framework and National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity, to provide a common language around tasks, knowledge, and skills. Such a taxonomy can help organizations better achieve their desired privacy outcomes, support recruitment with more consistent position descriptions, and inform the education and training of professionals to produce a more skilled and knowledgeable workforce.
We welcome stakeholder input on this effort from a wide range of roles—even those who may not consider themselves to be privacy professionals (e.g., IT, cybersecurity, legal, product development, human resources, and marketing), but can still have a role in managing privacy risk.
The NIST Privacy Workforce Public Working Group (PWWG) is open to anyone who would like to craft task, knowledge, and skill statements for a workforce capable of managing privacy risk. Learn more and join this collaborative development effort.
Join the Team! Announcing the Launch of the NIST Privacy Workforce Public Working Group | April 14, 2021 | Blog Post
IAPP Help Wanted: Growing a Workforce for Managing Privacy Risk Workshop | September 22-24, 2020 | Event Page | Summary Report
Help Wanted: Growing a Workforce for Managing Privacy Risk | August 20, 2020 | Blog Post
If you have feedback or questions, e-mail us at privacyframework [at] nist.gov (privacyframework[at]nist[dot]gov), or engage in a community forum via our public Slack channel. To share feedback via Slack, please request access to our channel.