About

The NICE Conference is the annual convening of community members and thought leaders from education, government, industry, and non-profits to explore ways of developing a skilled cybersecurity workforce ready to meet the challenges of the future. This event provides an opportunity to share best practices from around the world and across sectors in order to build the workforce we need to confront cybersecurity risks today and in years to come.

This event is hosted by Florida International University and New America, supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

2022 NICE Conference & Expo

After careful thought and consideration, we’ve decided to reconsider the timing of the annual NICE Conference and permanently schedule the conference for the second week of June beginning in 2022. This change allows us to better align with the needs of our cybersecurity education and workforce community while avoiding future conflicts with other events, including elections and the holiday season.

The next NICE Conference and Expo will take place June 6-8, 2022 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA. To ensure the comfort and wellbeing of our attendees, we will be implementing the proper safety guidelines as well as providing an option for our guests to attend the conference virtually.

While we will not hold a full conference this year, we are planning to have a pre-conference event in November 2021.

Stay tuned for more information on our 2021-22 programming!

who should attend?

  • Employers and Hiring Managers who need to recruit, hire, develop, and retain a skilled cybersecurity workforce
  • Educators from K12 Schools, Community Colleges, 4 Year Colleges, and Universities
  • Advisors to students, job-seekers, and employees seeking careers in cybersecurity
  • Beginners and aspiring professionals desiring to enter the cyber workforce
  • Providers of training content and learning environments
  • Suppliers of industry-recognized certifications in cybersecurity
  • Managers of workforce development programs
  • Organizers of community economic development initiatives
  • Developers of innovative products and services that enable developing a skilled workforce
  • Policymakers from local, state, federal, and international government

Hosts

Florida International University (FIU) is one of the top research institutions in the U.S. FIU has earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Research 1: “Highest Research Activity” designation – a nationwide distinction less than 3% of universities can claim. As the largest minority-majority university in the United States and one of the nation’s largest Hispanic-serving institutions, FIU is ranked first in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minorities and bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students. The University recently designated Cybersecurity@FIU as a preeminent emerging program with key pillars on cybersecurity workforce development and international capacity building.

The NICE Conference is being led by the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Division of Information Technology.

New America is pioneering a new kind of think and action tank: a civic platform that connects a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub and public forum. We are dedicated to renewing America by continuing the quest to realize our nation's highest ideals, honestly confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change, and seizing the opportunities those changes create.

Supporters

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our nation secure.

  • Goal #1: Accelerate Learning and Skills Development

    Inspire a sense of urgency in both the public and private sectors to address the shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers.

  • Goal #2: Nurture a Diverse Learning Community

    Strengthen education and training across the ecosystem to emphasize learning, measure outcomes, and diversify the cybersecurity workforce.

  • Goal #3: Guide Career Development and Workforce Planning

    Support employers to address market demands and enhance recruitment, hiring, development, and retention of cybersecurity talent.

2021-2022 Program Committee

Academia

Raquel Hill Spelman College
Eman El Sheikh University of West Florida
Tobi West Coastline Community College
Ashley Podhradsky Dakota State University
Zena Pouncey Georgia School District

Industry

Kristin Royster Bank of America
Kelli Jordan IBM
Brian Correa SANS
Jordana Siegel Amazon Web Services
Jason Hite XCELERATE Solutions

Government

Doug Andre DHS-CISA
Andy Hanks State of Montana
Kofi Ansah-Brew NIST-NICE
Matt Isnor US Department of Defense
Kerry-Ann Barrett Organization of American States