02 Apr NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides a blueprint to categorize, organize, and describe cybersecurity work into Categories, Specialty Areas, Work Roles, tasks, and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). The NICE Framework provides a common language to speak about cyber roles and jobs and helps define personal requirements in cybersecurity.
Categories, Specialty Areas, and Work Roles
Within the NICE Framework, there are seven Categories, each comprising of several Specialty Areas. Additionally, within each Specialty Area, there are a set of Work Roles. Each Work Role has Knowledges, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) required for the role, as well as Tasks performed by the role. This organizing structure is based on extensive job analyses that groups together work and workers that share common major functions, regardless of job titles or other occupational terms.
Welcome to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework page. To view the Framework from a top-down approach, start by clicking on each Category below to see Specialty Areas. Then, click on a Specialty Area to see the Work Roles with associated KSAs and Tasks. To view the Framework from a bottom-up approach, start by clicking one of the Work Roles, Tasks, Skills, Knowledges, or Abilities hyperlinks below.