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CHIPS Articles: NIST Publishes Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

NIST Publishes Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
By CHIPS Magazine - August 7, 2017
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) announced the release of Special Publication 800-181, the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework August 7. This publication serves as a fundamental reference to support a workforce capable of meeting an organization’s cybersecurity needs. It provides organizations with a common, consistent lexicon that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work by category, specialty area, and work role, according to a release from the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

The Workforce Framework describes the interdisciplinary nature of cybersecurity work. It serves as a fundamental reference resource for describing and sharing information about cybersecurity work and the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to complete tasks that can strengthen the cybersecurity posture of an organization. As a common, consistent lexicon that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work, the NICE Framework improves communication about how to identify, recruit, develop, and retain cybersecurity talent.

The NICE Framework is a reference source from which organizations or sectors can develop additional publications or tools that meet their needs to define or provide guidance on different aspects of cybersecurity workforce development, planning, training, and education.

NICE is committed to cultivating an integrated cybersecurity workforce that is globally competitive from hire to retire and prepared to protect our nation from existing and emerging cybersecurity challenges. NICE promotes nationwide initiatives that increase the number of people with the KSAs to perform the tasks required for cybersecurity work.

As threats that exploit vulnerabilities in U.S. cyberinfrastructure grow and evolve, an integrated cybersecurity workforce must be capable of designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining defensive and offensive cyber strategies. An integrated cybersecurity workforce includes technical and nontechnical roles that are staffed with knowledgeable and experienced people. An integrated cybersecurity workforce can address the cybersecurity challenges inherent to preparing their organizations to successfully implement aspects of their missions and business processes connected to cyberspace.

Download Special Publication 800-181

View the Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map which illustrates the cybersecurity talent gaps that exist across the country. Closing these gaps requires detailed knowledge of the cybersecurity workforce in your region. This interactive heat map provides a granular snapshot of demand and supply data for cybersecurity jobs at the state and metro area levels, and can be used to grasp the challenges and opportunities facing your local cybersecurity workforce.

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