NICE 2015 Agencies


DHS supports NICE in the following areas:

National Cybersecurity Awareness
The National Cybersecurity Awareness Component is being led by the Department of Homeland Security. To boost national cybersecurity awareness, DHS will use public service campaigns to promote cybersecurity and responsible use of the Internet and make cybersecurity a popular educational and career pursuit for older students.

Cybersecurity Workforce
DHS with its National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) portal is a leader of this national effort to cultivate an integrated cybersecurity workforce that is globally competitive from hire to retire, with the knowledge, skills, and ability to protect our nation from existing and emerging challenges.

The portal offers the ability to explore cybersecurity career paths, explore degree programs and internship opportunities, learn about competitions, and find general information about cybersecurity education, training, and awareness.

NICCS is a national resource for cybersecurity awareness, education, careers, and training. The portal was developed to help build resources to elevate cybersecurity awareness and help affect a change in the American public to adopt a culture of cyberspace security and to build a competent cybersecurity workforce.


Cyber Workforce Strategy
Published in 2013, this comprehensive strategy is being implemented to transform legacy and evolving workforces - such as information technology and information assurance - into a cohesive cyberspace workforce. The Cyber Workforce Strategy focuses on recruiting, training, and retaining the necessary workforce to build and operate DoD's networks, as well as defending U.S. national security interests in cyberspace. This workforce will ensure DoD can acquire, structure, operate, and defend its information, networks, systems, services, and capabilities to achieve cyberspace operational and strategic advantage. Click here to learn more about the DoD Cybersecurity Initiative.


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is leading the NICE initiative working from the strengths and energy of more than 20 federal departments and agencies, to ensure coordination, cooperation, focus, public engagement, technology transfer, and sustainability. Many NICE activities are already underway and NIST will highlight these activities, engage various stakeholder groups, and create forums for sharing information and leveraging best practices. NIST will also be looking for “gaps” in the initiative -- areas of the overarching mission that are not addressed by ongoing activities.


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.