Florida International University is one of the top research institutions in the U.S. It has earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Research 1: “Highest Research Activity” designation – a nationwide distinction less than 3% of universities can claim. FIU is the largest minority-majority US university and is ranked 1st in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minorities, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students, making it one of the nation’s largest Hispanic-Serving Institutions. It 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.


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.

Program Committee


  • Co-Chair Noel Kyle Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch
  • Clarence Williams NICE/NIST Lead for Government Engagement
  • Kevin Sanchez-Cherry Department of Transportation Cybersecurity Policy Architecture and Training Lead
  • Eileen Sanchez California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis & Diversification Effort (CASCADE) California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) Head of California Industry Cyber Security Resilience & Innovation
  • Lynn Hathaway NSA (ex-officio) CAE Designation Ceremony National CAE-R Program Manager National IA Education & Training Program


  • Co-Chair A. Selcuk Uluagac Florida International University Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Security Lab (CSL) Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Nathan Fisk University of South Florida Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education FC2 Community & Outreach Liaison
  • Mohammad Azhar Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems
  • Theresa Semmens University of Miami AVP Chief Information Security Officer


  • Co-Chair Randi Parker CompTIA Director, Public Advocacy Cybersecurity / Workforce Development
  • Lisa Depew McAfee Head of Industry and Academic Outreach Learning and Development
  • Zach Furness MITRE Technical Director at the National Cybersecurity FFRDC (NCCoE)
  • Scott Behm Symantec Consumer VP Information Security
  • Renee Guttmann Royal Caribbean Cruises CISO