The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education program has evolved from the 2008 Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, which called for extending cybersecurity training throughout the federal government. The subsequent Cyberspace Policy Review, completed in May 2009, concurred and recommended cybersecurity training to all citizens, starting as early as kindergarten.
“The NICE initiative recognizes that computer technology is an integral part of our society and with that comes the need for everyone to be able to protect themselves and their private information when using the Internet and be able to trust all the other critical cyber infrastructure we all depend on daily,” said NIST’s Ernest L. McDuffie, who leads the government-wide initiative. “The program’s goal is to enhance the security of the country through enhanced awareness and education, which in turn will improve computer security in the workplace and at home, as well as prepare future employees for the cybersecurity workforce.”
The education initiative ranges from kindergarten to graduate school, and to the public and private sectors. It also includes workforce training and professional development that will provide cybersecurity training for personnel working, or planning to work, for the federal government.