Bill Newhouse: NIST-Led Initiative Unveils Updated Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

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A National Institute of Standards and Technology-led program has issued a special publication on the updated framework to label information technology and cyber positions ahead of a December deadline to comply with the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act of 2015, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s new cyber workforce framework aims to convert work roles into codes in an effort to help the Office of Personnel Management monitor the recruitment and training of cyber professionals.

Bill Newhouse, deputy director of NICE, said the framework seeks to help agencies identify and address gaps in their cyber workforce as well as make staff decisions.

“Up to three work roles can be coded into a position,” Newhouse told the station in an interview.

“The framework has 55 work roles.”

Newhouse noted the framework’s potential advantages to the Department of Homeland Security’s position description tool and NICE’s plan to update its publication on role-based training for IT and cyber personnel through the use of the framework.

NICE will also tackle the new framework at its annual conference to be held in November in Ohio, he added.

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