NICCS - Helping You Enhance your Cybersecurity Knowledge
NICCS helps make cybersecurity materials more available.
With 556 million people per year becoming victims of cybercrime, 1.5 million per hour, 18 people per second, and with an annual price of $110 billion, cybercrime costs the world significantly more than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine, and heroin combined. Securing cyberspace means we, as a country, must develop a technologically-skilled workforce, a cyber-savvy public, and an effective pipeline of future employees. Billions of dollars are spent on new technologies to help secure the U.S. in cyberspace. It will take a national strategy, similar to the effort to upgrade science and mathematics education in the 1950’s, to meet the challenge of securing cyberspace.
Now is the time to begin a coordinated national effort focused on cybersecurity awareness education, training, and professional development. To address this need, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) was established. The Mission of NICE is to enhance the overall cybersecurity posture of the United States by accelerating the availability of educational and training resources designed to improve the cyber behavior, skill, and knowledge of every segment of the population-- enabling a safer cyberspace for all.
To make cybersecurity materials more readily-available, the government developed the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS). NICCS underscores all four NICE components and intends to serve as a national resource for government, industry, academia, and the general public to learn about cybersecurity awareness, education, careers, and workforce development opportunities. The vision of NICCS is to build a national resource to elevate cybersecurity awareness and affect a change in the American public to adopt a culture of cyberspace security and to build a competent cybersecurity workforce.
Vision of NICCS: The vision of the NICCS is to provide the nation with the tools necessary to ensure citizens and the workforce have more dynamic cybersecurity skills.
Mission of NICCS: The mission of NICCS is to be a national resource for cybersecurity awareness, education, careers, and training.
To continue advancing the content and information provided on the NICCS portal, the NICCS Supervisory Office (SO) is working closely with its partners to provide the most up-to-date guidance, recommendations, and best practices on cybersecurity awareness, education, careers, and training programs.
But there is always room for improvement. If you have any idea on how to make NICCS a more thorough and better cybersecurity resource, please contact NICCS at NICCS@hq.dhs.gov.