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ERIC Number: ED554807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 66
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-0-309-29104-0
Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce?: Criteria for Decision-Making
National Academies Press
"Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making" considers approaches to increasing the professionalization of the nation's cybersecurity workforce. This report examines workforce requirements for cybersecurity and the segments and job functions in which professionalization is most needed; the role of assessment tools, certification, licensing, and other means for assessing and enhancing professionalization; and emerging approaches, such as performance-based measures. It also examines requirements for the federal (military and civilian) workforce, the private sector, and state and local government. The report focuses on three essential elements: (1) understanding the context for cybersecurity workforce development, (2) considering the relative advantages, disadvantages, and approaches to professionalizing the nation's cybersecurity workforce, and (3) setting forth criteria that can be used to identify which, if any, specialty areas may require professionalization and set forth criteria for evaluating different approaches and tools for professionalization. "Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making" characterizes the current landscape for cybersecurity workforce development and sets forth criteria that the federal agencies participating in the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education--as well as organizations that employ cybersecurity workers--could use to identify which specialty areas may require professionalization and to evaluate different approaches and tools for professionalization. The following are appended: (1) Biographies of Committee Members; (2) Workshop Agendas; and (3) Speakers and Participants at Workshops Organized by the Committee. [This report was written by: Committee on Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce: Criteria for Future Decision-Making; Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: US Department of Homeland Security
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: HSHQDC-11-D-00009