Building a next-generation cyber workforce.
The NICE Framework
The NICE Framework (NIST Special Publication 800-181) is a product from the National Initiative of Cybersecurity Education (NICE), which, in-turn, is led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. The NICE Framework has been designed to establish and define a taxonomy and terminology to describe cybersecurity roles and their corresponding competencies (comprised o knowledge, skills, abilities, and tasks required to adequately perform those roles). In this context, the publication details 52 specific cybersecurity roles, seven (7) high-level, functional categories across cybersecurity, and 33 more specific specialty areas within the field.
On May 2, 2019, the Whitehouse released the Executive Order (EO) on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce which strongly encourages the adoption of the NICE Framework across the government, private sector, and academia.
NICE Framework FAQs
We often field questions related to the NICE framework. Please review the frequently asked questions below.
As part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), “promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology” with the goal of enhanced economic security and improved quality of life.”
The National Initiative of Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is a partnership between the private sector, government, and academia focused on promoting cybersecurity education, training and workforce development to increase skilled cybersecurity professionals in the U.S..
The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework – under NIST Special Publication 800-181, is a published resource that organizes roles and categories within the cybersecurity workforce. The goal of the resource is to provide organizations with a “common, consistent lexicon” within cybersecurity.
Yes, we’ve built upon research done by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and leveraged the NICE Framework, to establish a baseline skills taxonomy. Through further work with companies to understand actual job roles and organizational needs, we’ve developed a roadmap that ties role requirements with necessary skills.