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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.

NICCS is managed by the Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch (CEA) within the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). CEA promotes cybersecurity awareness, training, and education and career structure, with the added goal of broadening the Nation’s volume of cybersecurity workforce professionals.

Additionally, 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. Learn more about NICE.

CE&A Leadership

Branch Chief, National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness, Department of Homeland SecurityRobin “Montana” Williams is the Chief of the 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.

NICCS Webinar Session

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!