Goals of the Conference

Cybersecurity continues to be a leading creator of jobs and opportunity across both the public and private sectors. With a talent pool of cybersecurity workers that is not yet able to keep up, there is great opportunity to encourage students to pursue a cybersecurity career through cybersecurity education for all.

The NICE National K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference will feature timely and thought-provoking presentations that highlight effective collaborations, bold experiments and innovations, and other potentially game-changing methods in support of bringing together cybersecurity workforce, training, and educational leaders from academia, business, and government for two days of focused hands-on workshop and discussion in support of the NICE strategic goals:


Accelerating Learning and Skills Development

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

    • Stimulate the development of approaches and techniques that can more rapidly increase the supply of qualified cybersecurity workers

    • Advance programs that reduce the time and cost for obtaining knowledge, skills, and abilities for in-demand work roles

    • Engage displaced workers or underemployed individuals who are available and motivated to assume positions in the cybersecurity field

    • Experiment with the use of apprenticeships and cooperative education programs to provide an immediate workforce that can earn a salary while they learn the necessary skills

    • Explore methods to identify gaps in cybersecurity skills and raise awareness of training that addresses identified workforce needs


Nurturing a Diverse Learning Community

  • Strengthen education and training across the ecosystem to emphasize learning, measure outcomes, and diversify

    • Improve education programs, co-curricular experiences, and training and certifications

    • Encourage tools and techniques that effectively measure and validate individual aptitude, knowledge, skills, and abilities

    • Inspire cybersecurity career awareness with students in elementary school, stimulate cybersecurity career exploration in middle school, and enable cybersecurity preparedness in high school

    • Grow creative and effective efforts to increase the number of women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations in the cybersecurity workforce

    • Facilitate the development and dissemination of academic pathways for cybersecurity careers


Guiding Career Development and Workforce Planning

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

  • Identify and analyze data sources that support projecting present and future demand and supply of qualified cybersecurity workers

  • Publish and raise awareness of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and encourage adoption

  • Facilitate state and regional consortia to identify cybersecurity pathways addressing local workforce needs

  • Promote tools that assist human resource professionals and hiring managers with recruitment, hiring, development, and retention of cybersecurity professionals

  • Collaborate internationally to share best practices in cybersecurity career development and workforce planning