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National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS)

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 ensure a secure cyberspace, we as a nation must develop a technologically-skilled workforce, a cyber-savvy public, and an effective pipeline of future employees. The U.S. is making a substantial investment in developing the workforce of cybersecurity professionals and informing the public about how to manage personal safety online.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) is a key resource of cybersecurity information. NICCS directly supports the three components of The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) that focus on enhancing awareness, expanding the pipeline and evolving the field. NICCS is a national resource available to anyone from government, industry, academia, and the general public who seeks to learn more about cybersecurity and opportunities in the field.


NICE Leadership

NICCS is a part of The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). NICE is a nationally-coordinated effort comprising over 20 Federal departments and agencies, academia, and industry. The mission of this initiative 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, skills, and knowledge of every segment of the population, enabling a safer cyberspace for all. The NICE initiative extends beyond the Federal workplace to include private industry, those changing careers, and students in kindergarten through post-graduate school.


Continue reading to learn more about the NICE leadership team.


About Us

Branch Chief, National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness, Department of Homeland Security

Robin “Montana” Williams is currently the Co-Lead for the 44th President’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and the Chief, National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. His office is responsible for coordinating and developing national cybersecurity awareness, education, training, professional development, policy, standards, and assessment requirements to broaden, cultivate, and maintain an unrivaled, globally competitive cybersecurity workforce for the nation. Previously Mr. Williams served as a Senior Technical Program Manager for the National Counterintelligence Executive directing cyber counterintelligence training & threat analysis. Mr. Williams has spent 24 years in government service including 21 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his military career, he held numerous flying, intelligence, training, and cyberspace assignments, including commanding the USAF Cyber Red Team. He is a combat veteran with flight and information operations duties in Afghanistan and Iraq, including serving as the lead air-campaign planner for OPERATION ANACONDA & Chief, Electronic Warfare in the Iraqi Theater of Operations. Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 1989, a Master’s degree from Louisiana Tech in 1998, and is currently completing a doctorate program. In addition, Mr. Williams is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (specializing in cybersecurity workforce) by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.



Lead National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) In early 2010 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was selected as the lead agency for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and they identified Dr. McDuffie to be the Lead for this effort and has now completed his transition to this new position. In his previous position he had been appointed the Associate Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) in February 2008. From early September 2009 until early November 2009 he served as Acting Director of the NCO. His appointment as the Associate Director of the NCO comes after joining the NIST as a Computer Scientist in their Information Technology Laboratory, Office of Federal and Industrial Relations. In August 2006, Dr. McDuffie joined the NCO where he served as the Technical Coordinator for the Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) Interagency Working Group (IWG), Federal Agency Administration of Science and Technology Education and Research (FASTER) Committee of Practice (CoP), and the Software Design and Productivity (SDP) Coordination Group (CG).



NICCS Webinar Session

To continue to communicate with the NICCS audience, the NICCS Supervisory Office hosted a webinar to unveil NICCS and its different features. This video has several guest speakers, including former Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute. This webinar provides users with an overview of NICCS and how it can benefit you!