Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NICE Workforce Framework 1.0 and 2.0

Greetings Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Partners,

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has developed the next iteration of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (Workforce Framework). The new draft was developed with input from government, private industry, and academia to reflect the evolving cybersecurity field of work and changes in technology. Version 2.0 was designed to maximize compatibility with Version 1.0, so that current non-Federal users can choose whether to begin or defer migration.

Federal agencies: 

Version 1.0 of the Workforce Framework, dated March 2013, remains in effect as the primary resource for use by US Federal agencies. US Federal agencies shall continue to implement Version 1.0 in accordance with the existing OPM Guide to Data Element Standards. NICE has partnered with OPM to implement a comprehensive Workforce Framework 2.0 Migration Plan that preserves the work completed by US Federal agencies.

Current users of Version 1.0:

The interactive guide to Version 1.0 of the Workforce Framework can still be accessed on the NICCS portal.  NICE is developing tools to assist current users with migration to Version 2.0. These tools will also be posted on the NICCS portal.

Learn more about Version 2.0:

A preview of Version 2.0 of the Workforce Framework can be accessed now on the NICCS portal. Questions about Version 2.0 and migration can be directed to

Using the Workforce Framework:

Both Version 1.0 and Version 2.0 of the Workforce Framework can be used by….
  • ·         Employers to develop job descriptions and job announcements that reflect critical cybersecurity work areas, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs), tasks, and roles and responsibilities.
  • ·         Employees to learn more about cybersecurity work, the types of KSAs needed, and the tasks required to gauge their abilities and determine a cybersecurity career path.
  • ·         Educators to build new and update existing curricula.
  • ·         Academic institutions to use consistent language, outline graduation requirements, and describe cybersecurity work in the same way as other national organizations.
  • ·         Training vendors to design and develop training courses and align them to a nationally recognized initiative.
  • ·         Students to better decipher example job descriptions and learn about the kind of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to be a successful cybersecurity professional.

Visit the NICCS portal to access a number of resources including Customized Workforce Framework User Guides that are designed to help you, your organization, and your community.

Benefits of the Workforce Framework

The Workforce Framework is the foundation for increasing the size and capability of the US cybersecurity workforce. When degrees, jobs, training and certifications are aligned to the Workforce Framework…
  • ·         Colleges can create programs that are aligned to jobs
  • ·         Students will graduate with knowledge and skills that employers need
  • ·         Employers can recruit from a larger pool of more qualified candidates
  • ·         Employees will have a better defined career path and opportunities
  • ·         Policy makers can set standards to promote workforce professionalization

Version 2.0 of the Workforce Framework is being submitted for final approval to the Chief Human Capital Officer’s Council and the Whitehouse Cyber Interagency Policy Coordination Committee. Watch for future announcements and updates about the Workforce Framework and NICE. Your feedback is welcome!
Stay tuned, and stay in touch,

Additional note: The Training Catalog is Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that the Training Catalog is open for submissions from all training providers. You may remember that in January 2014 a temporary “pause” was issued on accepting new cybersecurity courses on the NICCS Website until the completion of the DHS Paperwork Reduction Act. That process is now complete, and the "pause" is now lifted.

Visit to learn more about how to submit courses.

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