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Shape the Future of the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce!

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting focus groups with civilian federal government subject matter experts (SMEs) to learn about the types of capabilities (e.g., education, training, learning, and credentialing) that indicate an individual could be effective in performing each of the 52 Work Roles just added to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF).   The information collected during these Capability Indicator focus groups will be used to develop recommendations that organizations can use to hire, professionals can use to help guide their careers, and educators can use to help prepare students to join the cybersecurity workforce.

Work Roles, the most detailed grouping of information technology, cybersecurity, or cyber-related work, provide knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and tasks required to complete specific types of cybersecurity work.  DHS is partnering with the Department of Defense which is conducting parallel focus groups with military SMEs.  The result of the focus groups will be recommendations on capability indicators for each Work Role at three proficiency levels: Foundational, Journeyman, and Mastery.

Help spread the word -- DHS is looking for functional experts who have insight into what capability indicators are needed to perform a Work Role. You do not have to carry a formal cybersecurity job title – human resources professionals and managers who work in cyber-related areas are welcome.  Please note that, at this time, participation is limited to Federal Government employees.  Send an e-mail to to participate or nominate others.  We hope you can join us!

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