The National Science Foundation (NSF) along with the Department of Education support NICE in the following area:
Formal Cybersecurity Education
The Department of Education and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are leading the
Cybersecurity Education Component. Their mission is to bolster formal cybersecurity education
programs encompassing kindergarten through 12th grade, higher education, and vocational programs,
with a focus on the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines to provide a pipeline of
skilled workers for the private sector and government.
This component of NICE includes development of cybersecurity researchers, cybersecurity professional
cybersecurity capable workforce, and cybersecurity aware citizens. A cybersecurity capable workforce
includes not only those who enter computer science, information assurance, information technology and
information security fields, but all students and workers impacted by cybersecurity issues. A digitally
literate workforce that uses technology in a secure manner is imperative to the Nation’s economy and the
security of our critical infrastructure. Just as we teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics,
reading, writing, and other critical subjects to all students, we also need to educate all students to use
technology securely in order to prepare them for the digital world in which we live.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) joins in Commemorating Computer Science Education -
Computer science is the only STEM--science, technology, engineering, and mathematics--discipline with more job openings
than there are college graduates to fill them. Leadership in NSF's directorate for Computer Information Science and Engineering
(CISE) is working to address this underproduction problem by promoting ways to make computer science more prevalent, engaging,
and accessible to K-12 students.