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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.

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2022 NICE Conference & Expo

NICE Conference & Expo: Demystifying Cybersecurity will take place June 6-8, 2022 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA.

The wellbeing of conference attendees is our top priority, and the NICE Conference & Expo team continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

The in-person conference will follow relevant safety guidelines recommended by the CDC and the City of Atlanta. We will also be providing options for guests to attend part of the conference virtually.

The virtual portion of the 2022 NICE Conference will only include the keynote session for each day. The sessions will be live-streamed at no extra cost and more information on how to access the event will be available as we get closer to the conference.

last updated March 15, 2022

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Conference Tracks

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  • Growth and Development through Lifelong Learning
  • Building a Three-Dimensional Cybersecurity Culture
  • Hybrid Roles to Solve Sector-Specific Needs
  • Emerging Topics in Cybersecurity

2021-2022 Planning Committee


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


Kristin Royster

Bank of America

Kelli Jordan


Brian Correia


Jordana Siegel

Amazon Web Services

Jason Hite



Austin Cusak


Andy Hanks

State of Montana

Susana Barraza


Matt Isnor

US Department of Defense

Kerry-Ann Barrett

Organization of American States

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

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.

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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.

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NICE Strategic Goals: 


  • Promote the Discovery of Cybersecurity Careers and Multiple Pathways
  • Transform Learning to Build and Sustain a Diverse and Skilled Workforce
  • Modernize the Talent Management Process to Address Cybersecurity Skills Gaps
  • Expand Use of the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework)
  • Drive Research on Effective Practices for Cybersecurity Workforce Development