The growth of cybersecurity jobs continues to be a tremendous opportunity across both the public and private sectors. The current talent pool of cybersecurity workers is not sufficient to fill the available jobs, so students must be informed and encouraged to pursue this exciting career through cybersecurity education for all.

The 2019 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, will feature timely and thought-provoking presentations that highlight effective collaborations, bold experiments and innovations, and other potentially game-changing methods in support of growing the cybersecurity workforce. Attendees will include training and educational leaders from academia, business, and government for two days of focused hands-on workshops and discussions in support of the NICE strategic goals: accelerate learning and skills development, nurture a diverse learning community, and guide career development and workforce planning.

This year’s conference, hosted by iKeepSafe, marks the 5-year anniversary of the NICE K12 Conference, and will host over 30 presentations, 35 professional exhibitors, and a projected 450+ attendees.



  • K12 educators

  • District & school administrators

  • K12 curriculum specialists

  • Technology instructors

  • CTE program educators

  • CTE student organizations

  • School counselors

  • Students

  • Student competition organizers

  • Information technology directors

  • Instructional technology coaches

  • Education technology vendors

  • Non-profit organizations


The Internet Keep Safe Coalition© (iKeepSafe) certifies digital products as compliant with state and federal requirements for handling protected personal information. We help organizations achieve and maintain compliance through product assessments, monthly monitoring, annual training, and assistance with remediation.

The iKeepSafe mission is to provide a safe digital landscape for children, schools, and families by supporting the protection of student privacy, while advancing learning in a digital culture. To support this mission, we provide data privacy certifications to technology companies, educational resources to schools, and information to the community.

Governors, First Spouses, and State Attorneys General from throughout the United States joined with law enforcement agencies, and child safety advocates in the formation of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition© (iKeepSafe) a national effort promoting the safe and healthy use of technology. iKeepSafe was founded by Jacalyn S. Leavitt, former First Lady of Utah, in 2005. Over the past decade, iKeepSafe has evolved into a leading organization trusted internationally by families, educators, and industry. Visit our resources page for parent and educator content.


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The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our nation secure.

  • Goal #1: Accelerate Learning and Skills Development

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

  • Goal #2: Nurture a Diverse Learning Community

    Strengthen education and training across the ecosystem to emphasize learning, measure outcomes, and diversify the cybersecurity workforce.

  • Goal #3: Guide Career Development and Workforce Planning

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