This paper is written in to give an insight on what the National Initiative for Cyber Security Education is and what the initiative actually consists of. In this paper we will explore the NICE framework, and the importance of it to protect the security profession and the individual organizations. In evaluating the frame work of NICE, I will describe how the implementation will prevent internal and external threat risks and describe the desired outcome of the initiative. The legal ramifications will be discussed as well, since there are ethical and legal issues related to information technology and initiatives also set out directly from the Whitehouse.
With the constant attacks and vulnerabilities of security systems, there is a great need to develop a framework to prevent or to minimize the risks of the attacks that are to occur. With the lack of consistency in common language for discussions and the understanding of the skills that are required by professionals, there was a need to come up with a baseline for those nationally to be able to identify skills gaps, develop cyber security talent in the existing workforce as well as provide a basis for those who are destined to follow in this field, as the technology changes and evolves.
NICE has the continual evolution of Comprehensive National Cyber security Initiative that encompasses federal space that would include civilians, the industry of the technical professionals and those from kindergarten to post graduate education. With this initiative it establishes an operational, maintainable, and continually improving educational program that focuses on cyber security on a national level that has numerous segments for sound cyber practices (http://csrc.nist.gov/nice/faq.htm) .
Leading the efforts of this initiative is the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and in harmony, it is working hard and leading the NICE to help with the security and is presently pinpointing resources that will be applied to the initiative. This is in relations to previous activities and developing a strategic framework along with a tactical plan of operation to support the framework. The group consists of 20 or more federal agencies along with public assistance and engagement that would engage many stakeholder groups that create forums for sharing and disseminating information and best practices while looking for gaps in the initiative (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/cybersecurity_niceeducation.pdf).
There are four components of this initiative; National Cyber Security Awareness, Formal Cyber Security Education, Federal Cyber Security workforce structure and Cyber Security Workforce training and professional development. The National Cyber security Awareness is being led by the Department of Homeland Security. To bring this awareness to the forefront, DHS uses campaigns designed with the public in mind and providing educational that promotes safety while using the World Wide Web especially advising the need for responsible use of the internet for younger students and those who are older and may be pursuing higher education or career goals.
The second component of the Formal cyber security education is headed by the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation with the mission to educate formally cyber security pertaining to educational programs from the beginning school age to the higher level of education, such as university level and vocational programs. This component focuses on science, technology, and engineering and math disciplines for skilled works for private and governmental sectors of the workforce.
The next component is Cyber security Workforce Structure that has the focus of the management of cyber security professionals and it is used to appraise the professionalism of the workforce with the suggested practices for the strategy of foreseeing future cyber security needs that would define the national strategies for staffing and retaining. The last component is led by the Department of Defense, the department of Homeland Security and the office of the Director of National intelligence with the mission to train and develop professional programs for existing federal cyber security workforce. It is divided into subsections or functions: General IT use, IT