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NICCS Overview Video - Audio Description 508 | Visual Transcript

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The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, or NICCS, is the leading online resource for cybersecurity training, education and workforce development tools.

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NICCS connects the cybersecurity industry with government employees, students, educators and businesses throughout the nation.

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Our mission is to provide the tools necessary to ensure U.S. citizens and the workforce have a set of viable cybersecurity skills.

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NICCS bases all of its workforce development tools on the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, or NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

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The NICE framework establishes a common set of terms to describe cybersecurity work,

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making it easier for cybersecurity professionals to communicate knowledge, skills, abilities and tasks with employers, educators and one another.

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NICCS features the NICE Framework Mapping Tool, which connects cybersecurity positions to the NICE Framework.

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The mapping tool enables human resource professionals to create job descriptions throughout the frameworks knowledge, skills, abilities and tasks.

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The mapping tool helps managers to determine the best skill sets and possible gaps for their cybersecurity teams.

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The NICE Framework also supports the NICCS Education and Training Catalog, which lists thousands of cybersecurity related courses for interested professionals.

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Our interactive map filters courses by location, specialty area, provider and skill level.

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These courses help students and professionals increase their level of expertise, earn certifications, pursue a cybersecurity career or transition between cybersecurity careers.

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Vendors and institutions interested in listing courses in the catalog can apply on the NICCS website.

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For U.S. government professionals and Veterans interested in free training,

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NICCS features information on the Federal Virtual Training Environment, or, Fed VTE Cybersecurity Training System.

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NICCS formal education section includes information on the National Center of Academic Excellence Program, or CAE, in Cybersecurity.

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The CAE program promotes higher education and expertise in cyber defense.

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The CAE program designates colleges and universities across the country, producing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals entering America's workforce.

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Students can also explore scholarships to pursue government cybersecurity careers via the Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service Program.

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NICCS also helps U.S. K through 12 teachers educate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

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NICCS users will learn about available materials, including curricula, lesson plans, quizzes and worksheets.

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NICCS also features a student's page with cybersecurity job profiles, recommended classes to take in information on current workforce.

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If you have questions or feedback, email us at NICCS@hq.dhs.gov.

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NICCS is your one stop shop for education and career information.