A Guide to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (2.0)

Dan Shoemaker, Anne Kohnke, Ken Sigler

February 8, 2016 by Auerbach Publications
Reference - 540 Pages - 155 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498739962 - CAT# K26668
Series: Internal Audit and IT Audit

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Features

  • Explains the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (2.0)
  • Gives an overview explication of the framework, its concepts, the underlying relationships between the areas, and the general content of those areas
  • Provides a road map that allows you to understand the application and uses of the NICE content, as well as applications of this book in training situations
  • Aligns with and explains the requirements of a national level initiative to standardize the study of information security (first book to do so)

Summary

A Guide to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (2.0) presents a comprehensive discussion of the tasks, knowledge, skill, and ability (KSA) requirements of the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework 2.0. It discusses in detail the relationship between the NICE framework and the NIST’s cybersecurity framework (CSF), showing how the NICE model specifies what the particular specialty areas of the workforce should be doing in order to ensure that the CSF’s identification, protection, defense, response, or recovery functions are being carried out properly.

The authors construct a detailed picture of the proper organization and conduct of a strategic infrastructure security operation, describing how these two frameworks provide an explicit definition of the field of cybersecurity. The book is unique in that it is based on well-accepted standard recommendations rather than presumed expertise. It is the first book to align with and explain the requirements of a national-level initiative to standardize the study of information security. Moreover, it contains knowledge elements that represent the first fully validated and authoritative body of knowledge (BOK) in cybersecurity.

The book is divided into two parts: The first part is comprised of three chapters that give you a comprehensive understanding of the structure and intent of the NICE model, its various elements, and their detailed contents. The second part contains seven chapters that introduce you to each knowledge area individually. Together, these parts help you build a comprehensive understanding of how to organize and execute a cybersecurity workforce definition using standard best practice.