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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

Kristina V. Dorville serves as Chief of the Cyber Education and Awareness Branch (CE&A) in the Office for Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CE&A promotes cybersecurity awareness, training, education and career structure, with the added goal of broadening the Nation’s volume of cybersecurity workforce professionals.

Previously, Ms. Dorville served as the CE&A Deputy Branch Chief and lead for the Department’s National Cyber Awareness programs, overseeing execution of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and implementation of the National Cyber Security Awareness Campaign, Stop. Think. Connect. Ms. Dorville also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at DHS. As a Deputy Chief of Staff, she directly supported and advised the Deputy Under Secretary for Cyber.

Ms. Dorville served as a key member on the transition team responsible for the Department’s reorganization, resulting in the creation of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). She was a subject matter expert and advisor to the Deputy Secretary of DHS and played a key role in coordinating and drafting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Guidance. 

Prior to DHS, Ms. Dorville worked for Booz Allen Hamilton during the standup and creation of DHS. She coordinated and managed support for FEMA exercises and played an active role in the National Exercise Series and Senior Officials Exercises. Based on her involvement and training under the National Exercise Programs, she was selected for deployment for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and provided direct support to the Principal Federal Official at the forward operating post in New Orleans. Ms. Dorville also worked on the inaugural Project Management Team supporting Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8: National Preparedness and assisted with the initial development of the DHS State and Local Fusion Center guidelines.

Ms. Dorville is a native of Bethlehem, PA and received both her undergraduate and masters degrees from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She is also the Head Swim Coach at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA as well as the Ft. Myer Officer’s Club Swim Team.

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!