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CHIPS Articles: NIST Boosts Partnerships to Build the Cybersecurity Workforce

NIST Boosts Partnerships to Build the Cybersecurity Workforce
By CHIPS Magazine - February 26, 2020
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is pleased to announce the NIST Internal Report (NISTIR) 8287: A Roadmap for Successful Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Build the Cybersecurity Workforce, NIST said in a release.

The cybersecurity workforce shortfall is widely known. “According to CyberSeek.org, there were 313,735 open cybersecurity-related positions from September 2017 through August 2018. The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study states that 1.8 million more cybersecurity professionals will be needed to accommodate the predicted global shortfall by 2022]. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is addressing this critical issue by energizing and promoting a robust network and ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. Supporting this mission, objective 3.3 of the NICE Strategic Plan emphasizes guiding career development and workforce planning by facilitating state and regional consortia to identify cybersecurity pathways addressing local workforce needs,” NISTIR 8287 stated.

The roadmap for successful alliances to build the cybersecurity workforce requires four primary components: (1) establishing program goals and metrics, (2) developing strategies and tactics, (3) measuring impact and results, and (4) sustaining the effort. Each section of the roadmap provides specific examples and activities that the pilot programs found to be successful and repeatable in other efforts.

In September 2016, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the NIST in the U.S. Department of Commerce, awarded funding for five pilot programs for Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development. The document that follows provides a summary of the five pilot programs and outlines a roadmap for building similar programs based on the best practices found and lessons learned.

Each section of the roadmap provides specific examples and activities that the pilot programs found to be successful and repeatable in other efforts. Learn more about Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development and information on the five projects:
https://www.nist.gov/itl/applied-cybersecurity/nice/regional-alliances-and-multistakeholder-partnerships-stimulate-ramps

Comments on this publication may be submitted to: nice.nist@nist.gov.

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