NIST Tackles Cybersecurity Education

    Date04 May 2010
    CategoryGovernment
    3267
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology will spearhead the national cybersecurity workforce development and awareness campaign. As part of the federal government's Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, much of which was recently declassified, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has been enlisted to spearhead a new nationwide cybersecurity education initiative, the White House and Department of Commerce announced. In an effort first revealed on April 19, NIST will be in charge of a multi-agency, four-track effort called the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, which focuses on awareness, education, and workforce development.

    Much of the initiative focuses on developing the next generation of cybersecurity workers for government. One of those four tracks, for example, will fund education programs for schoolchildren, college students, and participants in vocational programs in an effort headed up by the Department of Education and the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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