The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework is a cybersecurity workforce framework that categorizes and describes the cybersecurity workforce. The 2017 OPM memo directing agencies to assign cybersecurity codes to IT, Cybersecurity, and Cyber-Related functions led to the development of the NICE framework.
The Framework is comprised of the following areas:
Categories – High-level grouping of standard cybersecurity functions.
Specialty Areas – Distinct areas of cybersecurity work.
Work Roles – The most detailed grouping of cybersecurity work comprises specific knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform tasks in a work role.
These areas, and the Framework as a whole, serve as a central reference to support a workforce capable of meeting an organization’s cybersecurity needs. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in their Special Publication on the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, states that “The NICE Framework provides organizations with a common, consistent lexicon that categorizes and describes the cybersecurity work.” Using the NICE Framework to understand organizational needs and assess how to meet those needs can help an organization plan, implement, and monitor a successful cybersecurity program.
The NICE Framework and TBM
Many agencies have begun implementing the Technology Business Management (TBM) Framework to improve IT management within their organizations. It has been challenging for Agencies to follow a standard approach to allocate Internal Labor costs to the technologies supported in the TBM Framework given the inconsistency of labor and personnel data across agencies. The NICE Framework provides a solution to this challenge.
The NICE Framework can:
Identify the IT labor workforce inside and outside of the OCIO.
Provide a solution / business rul ..
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