The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) is a national resource that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work. It provides employers, employees, educators, students, and training providers with a common language to define cybersecurity work as well as a common set of tasks and skills required to perform cybersecurity work. Through the process of identifying the cybersecurity workforce and using a standard set of terms we can work together to educate, recruit, train, develop, and retain a highly-qualified workforce

The NCWF provides a common language to describe cybersecurity work regardless of organizational structures or job titles. It organizes cybersecurity work into Specialty Areas and Work Roles. Similar Specialty Areas and Work Roles are grouped together and referred to as Categories.

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For each Work Role, the NCWF provides a superset list of required tasks and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). This information provides organizations (and those developing cybersecurity teams within an organization) with a reference with a level of detail around what types of education, training, certifications and skills it takes to perform the various types of cybersecurity work.

The authors of the draft NIST SP 800-181 encourage readers to comment on the document, with an eye to ensuring that it applies to all cybersecurity workforce needs. Suggestions for new tasks and KSAs are encouraged so that the document will address all of our cybersecurity workforce needs.

Email comments to: ncwf@nist.gov (Subject: “Draft SP 800-181 Comments – NCWF”)
Comments due by: January 6, 2017

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) is the premier online resource for cybersecurity training. NICCS connects Government employees, students, educators, and industry with cybersecurity training providers throughout the Nation.

NICCS provides the nation with the tools necessary to ensure citizens and the workforce have more dynamic cybersecurity skills. The courses in the training catalog are cybersecurity focused and delivered by accredited universities, National Centers of Academic Excellence, federal agencies, and other training providers. Each course is mapped to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, the foundation of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) effort to standardize the cybersecurity field.

 

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