GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a cooperative agreement with Florida International University (FIU) to help build national relationships that advance outreach in the cybersecurity education, training and workforce development communities. The collaboration will be managed by NIST’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Program (NICE), as part of its mission to energize and promote a robust network and ecosystem of cybersecurity efforts.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) granted FIU, and its partner New America, a cooperative agreement to host the annual National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo over the next five years.
“At FIU we pride ourselves in being a solution center for some of the greatest challenges of our time,” said President Mark B. Rosenberg. “We embrace this opportunity to help bring the cyber security industry together with the educational institutions that are training the people who will take and create jobs in the future.”
WASHINGTON—In a report released by the White House today, the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security urge immediate and sustained improvements in the country’s cybersecurity workforce. The report, which was called for by the 2017 Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, includes findings and recommendations that address both public- and private-sector needs.
“Ensuring the security of our interconnected global networks is one of the defining challenges of our era,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “A skilled cybersecurity workforce is necessary for our nation so that we can fully reap the benefits of the 21st-century digital economy.”
Our homes and smart devices, banking information and medical records, and the nation’s power grids and election systems all face the same devastating threat: cyberattacks. FIU is playing a key role in educating the next generation of highly-skilled cybersecurity practitioners to protect and safeguard important data, systems, and networks. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected FIU’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy as a partner to host the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo on Nov. 6 – 7, 2018, in Miami.