Goals of the Conference

Cybersecurity continues to be a leading creator of jobs and opportunity across both the public and private sectors. Job postings in the cybersecurity field are up 74% over the past five years. In the spring of 2018, indicated around 300,000 cybersecurity jobs openings in the U.S. alone, and the deficit of cybersecurity professional is expected to grow to more than 1.8 million workers globally by 2022.

The NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference is a high quality professional development event that brings together educators, faculty members, professionals, researchers, non-profit personnel, other K12 curriculum specialists, and students to expand a national effort to document the K12 cybersecurity education programs on-going throughout the country and to address the goal: to develop a comprehensive agenda focused on the challenges of cybersecurity education at the K12 level. Currently, many efforts are underway to encourage students to explore cybersecurity careers. From these, what are successful programs and strategies to educate students, educators and parents about careers in cybersecurity and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related pathways? What roadmaps can be drafted indicating both the resources required and the potential barriers that have to be overcome?

Presentations explore the themes of cybersecurity career awareness, infusing cybersecurity across the education portfolio, highlighting innovative cybersecurity educational approaches, designing cybersecurity academic and career pathways, and promoting cybersecurity awareness.