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National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Announces Draft Strategic Plan

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a draft strategic plan for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and is accepting comments until September 12th. The plan, “Building a Digital Nation,” outlines NICE’s mission, vision, goals and objectives.

NIST coordinates the interagency NICE program, which is a national campaign focused on enhancing cybersecurity in the United States by accelerating the availability of educational and training resources designed to improve the cyber behavior, skills and knowledge of every segment of the population. The program aims to improve secure use and access to digital information in a way that advances America’s economic prosperity and national security.

According to the announcement:

Cybersecurity vulnerabilities in government, private sector and critical infrastructure are a risk to national security, public safety, and economic prosperity. Now is the time to begin a coordinated national initiative focused on cybersecurity awareness, education, training, and professional development. The United States must encourage cybersecurity competence across the nation and build an agile, highly skilled workforce capable of responding to a dynamic and rapidly developing array of threats.

Of particular interest to the EDUCAUSE community are the objectives associated with Goal 1:  raise awareness about the risks of online activities.

Objective 1.1: Improve citizens’ knowledge to allow them to make smart choices as they manage online risk.

Objective 1.2: Improve knowledge of cybersecurity within organizations so that resources are well applied to meet the most obvious and serious threats.

Objective 1.3: Enable access to cybersecurity resources.

NICE encourages participation and thoughtful comments from all interested citizens and organizations, including including everyday citizens whose daily lives interact with cyberspace, students, educators, chief information officers, chief human capital officers, information technology managers, cybersecurity researchers, curriculum developers, academia, industry – large and small, private organizations, non?profits organizations, entrepreneurs, and state/local/tribal/territorial governments ..

Comments should be entered into this template and submitted by email to  Comments must be submitted by September 12, 2011.