Our Nation is under constant threat from cyberattacks; RiskBased Security® reports that these attacks caused data breaches that exposed 4.1 billion personal and financial records in the first half of 2019 alone. Considering these statistics, there is a great need for highly-trained cybersecurity professionals in our Nation’s workforce. Individuals seeking a career in this field may find exciting opportunities, play key roles on the front lines of national security, and earn top salaries and great prospects for promotion and advancement.
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) website is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) one-stop shop for cybersecurity workforce development resources. On NICCS, job seekers will find the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework), which provides a common lexicon for cybersecurity work. The user-friendly and interactive NICE Framework tool is available to anyone seeking to begin or grow their cybersecurity career, whether as a current professional looking to sharpen their skills or a newcomer to the field seeking a fresh career path. With the NICE Framework, job seekers can explore the work roles, knowledge, skills, and abilities valued by employers for in-demand cybersecurity positions.
This is where the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Mapping Tool comes in. The Mapping Tool is great resource designed specifically to help job seekers examine their current skill sets and combine those existing abilities with their additional and untapped knowledge to guide them into the next phase in their cybersecurity career. By simply plugging their knowledge, skills, and abilities into the Mapping Tool, job seekers can identify their potential skills gaps and any additional training required to most efficiently achieve their future career goals.
The NICCS Education and Training Catalog is a second essential resource for those seeking a career in cybersecurity, featuring over 4,000 online and in-person courses from more than 180 providers throughout the country. With an interactive map and filters to search for educational opportunities throughout the United States, the NICCS Training Catalog is available to anyone seeking to begin or grow their cybersecurity career. Additionally, the Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides free online cybersecurity training to Veterans, employees at all levels of government, and federal contractors, offering courses on diverse topics as coding, cryptocurrency, and cyber supply chain risk management.
These are just a few of the tools CISA provides to help individuals develop their cybersecurity careers and keep our Nation safe from cyberattacks. To learn more about cybersecurity workforce development, you can explore all the resources on the NICCS website and visit USAJobs.gov and CyberSeek.org to begin or accelerate your cybersecurity career.