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Looking for specific cybersecurity information? Below are the NICCS tools and resources available for anyone seeking cyber education information. To know more about the cybersecurity field or how to advance in your cybersecurity career, the links below are a great place to start. No matter what your life circumstances are, you can use this roadmap to help direct you to detailed information in specific cybersecurity areas of expertise.

National Cybersecurity Training

NICCS Education and Training Catalog
The NICCS Education and Training Catalog is a central location of over 3,000 cybersecurity-related courses. Each course has been mapped to at least one Specialty Area within the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

The Cybersecurity Standards

National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (Workforce Framework) is the Human Resources blueprint to help categorize cybersecurity job functions. It provides a standardized and agreed upon language for cybersecurity roles and jobs for any cybersecurity audience.

Top Cybersecurity University Programs

National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE)
Managed by the National Security Agency (NSA), institutions that are certified and accredited as CAE programs are designated based on their robust degree programs and close alignment to specific cybersecurity-related knowledge units (KUs), as well as validated by top subject matter experts in the field.  A key designation of top performing cyber curriculums, these institutions are highly sought after for what is considered some of the best cyber education available.    

CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides scholarships to students to attend cybersecurity-related degree programs at specific two and four-year college and universities in return for service in Federal, State, local, or tribal governments upon graduation.

Cybersecurity Resources for Veterans & Government Workforce

Cybersecurity for Veterans
Resources for veterans, including free training, cyber-related degree programs and scholarships.

The Federal Virtual Training Environment is a free training resource for government employees (federal, state, and local) and veterans who would like to start or further develop a career in cybersecurity. The Veterans Cybersecurity Training and Education Guide will also help show veterans the steps to becoming a cybersecurity

Industry Resources

Cybersecurity Workforce Development Toolkit
The Cybersecurity Workforce Development Toolkit provides organizations with information, tools and templates to plan, build, and advance their cybersecurity workforce. Developed for Human Resource professionals, this tool will help Human Resources personnel plan and recruit cybersecurity resources and includes tools such as career path templates.

DHS PushButtonPD™ Tool
This Human Resources and Manager tool was developed to help quickly draft Federal employee cyber position description(s). It is a no cost excel workbook file which makes drafting of the position description easier without any prior knowledge of the cyber position.  


K-12 and Student Resources

Resources available to middle and high school teachers to help mold our future cyber professionals.  

Cyber Competitions
Competitions give students an opportunity to put what they've learned into practice as they work as a team to solve problems in a new learning format, and as they prepare to become future successful cyber professionals.

Summer Camps
Summer camps are also available to provide hands on learning activities to middle and high school students who would like to engage in a cyber experience during their summer breaks.

Common cybersecurity terms and definitions.    

Last Published Date: 
January 19, 2018