As the role of community colleges become more and more important and significant as an option for individuals at various career levels, it is critical that appropriate cybersecurity curriculum be available.
Largo, Maryland (PRWEB) October 29, 2015
The National CyberWatch Center has aligned its new and updated Information Security curricula to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework job roles.
The Framework, under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology-led National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), is an effort to define the cybersecurity population “consistently, using standardized terms” in order to more effectively “educate, recruit, train, develop, and retain a highly-qualified workforce". The Framework identifies and classifies the requirements of cybersecurity workers in seven categories (Operate and Maintain, Protect and Defend, Investigate, Collect and Operate, Analyze, Securely Provision, and Oversight and Development). Within each category, Specialty Areas provide recommendations on typical job roles (e.g., Network Security Analyst).
The mapping of the National CyberWatch Center's five degrees and nine certificates to the Framework's job roles provides a guide for schools that have adopted (or intent to adopt) the National CyberWatch Center's model curriculum in order to develop degrees and/or certificates, or assemble courses that meet the cybersecurity workforce roles defined in the Framwork. For schools that have not adopted the National CyberWatch model curriculum, it will provide a process that can be adapted to unique curriculum requirements.
“As the role of community colleges become more and more important and significant as an option for individuals at various career levels, it is critical that appropriate cybersecurity curriculum be available. The National CyberWatch Center has produced such curricula, and by mapping it to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, has made it relevant to employees and employers in the complex and evolving field of cybersecurity,” said Dr. Ernest McDuffie, former Lead for NICE.
For more information on the National CyberWatch Center’s curriculum, visit http://www.nationalcyberwatch.org/programs-resources/curriculum/.
For more information on NICE and its sixth annual conference in San Diego, California, Nov. 3-4, visit http://www.fbcinc.com/e/nice/default.aspx.
About National CyberWatch Center
National CyberWatch Center (NCC) is a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education-funded cybersecurity consortium working to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national workforce. Since 2005, National CyberWatch Center has played a key role in developing, promoting and providing cybersecurity education solutions nationally. To learn more, visit http://www.nationalcyberwatch.org.