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The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework: What is it and Why is it Important?

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:30 AM EST (2020-02-20 15:30:00 UTC)
  • Rodney Petersen

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The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides a common taxonomy and lexicon for describing cybersecurity work. The components of the NICE Framework include 7 categories, 33 specialty areas, 52 work roles, and a corresponding catalogue of tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities. The NICE Framework aligns the needs of employers with the skills of learners which are developed by education and training providers. Although it is deemed to be voluntary, the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act requires the federal government to use it and Americas Cybersecurity Workforce Executive requires that federal contractors align their workforce to the NICE Framework. The executive order also encourages voluntary use by academia, the private sector, and state and local governments.

Speaker Bio

Rodney Petersen

Rodney Petersen is the Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He previously served as the Managing Director of the EDUCAUSE Washington. He founded and directed the EDUCAUSE Cybersecurity Program and was the lead staff liaison for the Higher Education Information Security Council. Prior to joining EDUCAUSE, he worked at two different times for the University of Maryland - first as Campus Compliance Officer in the Office of the President and later as the Director of IT Policy and Planning in the Office of the Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He received his law degree from Wake Forest University and bachelors degrees in political science and business administration from Alma College. He was awarded a certificate as an Advanced Graduate Specialist in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland.

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