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Nationwide cybersecurity education initiative launched

The Global Institute for Cybersecurity + Research announced on December 22 the planned launch next month of the National Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Education Initiative, a nationally coordinated public/private collaborative partnership aimed at developing cybersecurity education programs.

The effort will involve the NIST National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), DHS, the National Council of Information Sharing & Analysis Centers (ISACs), critical infrastructure owner/operators, federal sector-specific agencies, academia, security certification and technology organizations.

Beginning with the healthcare and public health critical infrastructure, sector-specific cybersecurity education frameworks and supporting education programs – ranging from K-12 through the current workforce -- will be defined, developed and implemented, via a series of nationwide regional workshops. These workshops will utilize the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework as the foundational baseline, said a news release issued on Dec. 22 by the Global Institute.

The National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center (NH-ISAC), nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and DHS as the ISAC for the nation’s healthcare and public health’s critical infrastructure, will lead development of the National Healthcare & Public Health Cybersecurity Education Framework.

Additional critical infrastructure frameworks will also be completed in 2012, said the news release.

Today, over 90 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure (health, finance, communications, transportation, energy, supply chain, information technology, etc.) are owned and operated by the private sector. National critical infrastructures represent all systems -- both physical and virtual -- so vital to the operation of the U.S. that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating and cascading impact on national defense, economic security and public safety, the news release noted.

“The sustainability and resilience of critical infrastructure secure technologies and the ability to heighten and coordinate situational awareness information-sharing and incident response depend upon a skilled national cybersecurity workforce. Today, the need across government and industry for skilled cybersecurity professionals has never been more critical as the number and complexity of cyber attacks continue to escalate,” said the announcement.

The Global Institute for Cybersecurity + Research (GICSR), a non-profit organization facilitates open dialog and interaction advancing comprehensive cybersecurity research innovation and workforce education via a national and international public/private collaborative infrastructure. GICSR’s programs and initiatives work to find strategic focus, insight and solutions in several core cybersecurity functional areas: best practice dissemination, critical infrastructures and key resources , situational awareness / intelligence / information sharing, research innovation, security policy, and global security challenges.

GICSR is headquartered at Exploration Park, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with locations in San Diego, CA; Toronto, Canada; London, England, and Sydney, Australia.



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