National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our nation secure.

In fulfilling this mission, NICE has identified the following three goals:

Goal #1: Accelerate Learning and Skills Development

Inspire a sense of urgency in both the public and private sectors to address the shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers.


Goal #2: Nurture a Diverse Learning Community

Strengthen education and training across the ecosystem to emphasize learning, measure outcomes, and diversify the cybersecurity workforce.


Goal #3: Guide Career Development and Workforce Planning

Support employers to address market demands and enhance recruitment, hiring, development, and retention of cybersecurity talent.

For more information on NICE please visit: nist.gov/nice