Proposals

Call for Proposals now open!

The NICE 2021-22 planning committee is seeking timely, topical, and thought-provoking presentations for the annual conference and expo.  The conference is an opportunity to bring together employers of cybersecurity practitioners and representatives from education, training, certification, and workforce development communities to promote collaboration and highlight effective and innovative approaches from industry, government, and academia.

This year’s theme, “Demystifying Cybersecurity: Integrated Approaches to Developing Career Pathways,” inspires presentations that takes a holistic view of cybersecurity risks that considers the dimensions of people, process, and technology and includes a comprehensive approach to the development of career pathway systems that address the lifecycle of a learner from early education through a life-long career in cybersecurity. By integrating approaches from across the larger cybersecurity education, training, and workforce community, effective practices and solutions can be shared in the development of multiple career pathways, regardless of academic, demographic, socio-economic, geographic, or professional background.

Conference Tracks

Growth and Development through Lifelong Learning

This track seeks proposals that present solutions on how to keep learners, including employees, prepared throughout their lifetime given the evolving cybersecurity landscape. Topics include continuous learning beginning with K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, as well as alternative approaches to include apprenticeship, upskilling and reskilling.

Building a Three-Dimensional Cybersecurity Culture

This track seeks proposals that take a multidimensional view of organizational cybersecurity culture. This includes topics that examine the multidisciplinary nature of cybersecurity and the connection and cooperation among all units to include human resources, policy, procurement, information technology, and more to build a unified cybersecurity culture. Proposals should consider effective practices that embed cybersecurity across organizations and the corresponding cybersecurity-related skills and competencies needed across the enterprise.

Hybrid Roles to Solve Sector-Specific Needs

This track seeks proposals that examine sector-specific and multi-sector approaches to cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. This includes practices from different economic sectors (finance, healthcare, transportation, etc.). Special consideration will be given to proposals that discuss sector-specific work roles and competencies for new, emerging, or existing work that impact an enterprise’s cybersecurity risk.

Emerging Topics in Cybersecurity (open slot proposals)

This track, which will accept proposals through the extended deadline of March 6, 2022, highlights how recent events, new risks, or other contemporary developments affect the cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development landscape. Proposals should highlight challenges presented, lessons learned, and solutions that mitigate today’s cybersecurity risks.

Proposal Submissions

The NICE 2021-22 planning committee is seeking timely, topical, and thought-provoking presentations for the annual conference and expo. The conference is an opportunity to bring together employers of cybersecurity practitioners and representatives from education, training, certification, and workforce development communities to promote collaboration and highlight effective and innovative approaches from industry, government, and academia.

We encourage proposals from a diverse array of organizations and individuals with different perspectives, including employers, educators, researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors, non-profits, and international bodies, educators at K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, research centers, and training and certification providers.

  • Proposals should attempt to align with the goals and objectives of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Strategic Plan and, where appropriate, consider uses of the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework).
  • Proposals should also consider effective practices and solutions rather than merely admiring the problem.
  • Proposals will be evaluated and selected based on the quality of the written proposal, diversity of topics and presenters, and alignment with the conference theme and tracks.
  • Depending on your topic, please consider the best format for your presentation, lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations of concepts or solutions, or interactive forums. Special consideration will be given to proposals that include audience engagement as part of the presentation.

 Frequently Asked Questions

When will I find out if I have been accepted?  
Speakers for all sessions will be notified by February and end of March for Emerging Topics Track.

How many speaking slots are available?
We anticipate no more than 36 sessions within our 4 tracks.

How are sessions selected?
A volunteer Planning Committee, comprised of security professionals, technology experts, researchers, government employees, and educators, review all submissions and make selections based on quality of submissions and balance of topics desired to be covered.

How do I increase my odds of getting selected?
The NICE Conference values diversity of thought, background, gender, orientation, ethnicity, nationality and experience—let your unique perspective and expertise shine in what you submit. Well thought out, complete, unique submissions with clear and specific detail will improve your chances of being selected. It is also important that all presentations offer something new. Do not submit presentations that have been previously shared at other conferences or meetings.

What are the main reasons sessions don’t get selected? 

  1. Incomplete or non-detailed submission. The session outline and intended learning outcomes portions of the submission are the most important pieces of the entire submission.
  2. Vendor pitch. Sales pitches are easy to spot, and our Planning Committee quickly eliminates them from consideration.
  3. Multiple submissions. The Planning Committee seeks to build a diverse program. With limited sessions available, no more than 1 or 2 presentations will likely be selected from the same organization.
  4. Déjà vu. Presentations that have been on programs for other conferences that precede the NICE Conference are not likely to be considered.
  5. Final tip. The NICE Conference aims to provide timely, topical, and thought-provoking presentations for attendees. We are looking for “new voices”, “new ideas” and “innovative” topics that haven’t been discussed before.

Who can I contact if I have problems submitting my proposal or have not received notification of my acceptance status by March (July for Open Slot Proposals Track)?

The friendly NICE Conference staff are happy to assist you by email at info@niceconference.org.

The Call for Speakers opens Tuesday, September 7th and will close on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. The submission portal for the Emerging Topics track will be open till Sunday, March 6, 2022. Submissions received after the relevant closing date will not be reviewed.

1. Growth and Development through Lifelong Learning

2. Building a Three-Dimensional Cybersecurity Culture

3. Hybrid Roles to Solve Sector-Specific Needs

Opens Tuesday, September 7

Closes Sunday, December 5, 2021, by 11:59PM (EST U.S. and Canada)

4. Emerging Topics in Cybersecurity (open slot proposals) Opens Tuesday, September 7

Closes Sunday, March 6, 2022 by 11:59PM (EST U.S. and Canada)

Submit your proposal for the 2022 NICE Conference here or using the button below.

Be prepared to submit the following information:

  • Presentation Title
  • Session Description
  • Session Format – Lecture (45 minutes) or Panel (45 minutes)
  • Track Selection
  • Presenters names, emails, job titles, short 100-word biography
  • Intended Audience (maximum of 20 words)
  • Intended Learning Outcomes (maximum of 50 words)
  • Session Outline (maximum of 50 words)

NICE - National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

This event is 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, under NIST Financial Assistance.

Award number: 70NANB18H025