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NISTIR 8355 (Draft)

NICE Framework Competencies: Assessing Learners for Cybersecurity Work

Date Published: March 2021
Comments Due: May 3, 2021 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: niceframework@nist.gov


Karen Wetzel (NIST)


The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has released draft supplemental content to the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework). Draft NISTIR 8355, NICE Framework Competencies: Assessing Learners for Cybersecurity Work, elaborates on Competencies, which were re-introduced to the NICE Framework in 2020. The NISTIR provides more detail on what NICE Framework Competencies are, including their evolution and development and example uses from various stakeholder perspectives. 

Released in conjunction with NISTIR 8355 is a draft NICE Framework List of Competencies that provides a proposed list of 54 Competencies for the cybersecurity workforce. 

The public comment period for draft NISTIR 8355 and the draft Competencies list is open through May 3, 2021. Feedback will be used to inform the next stage of work on the NICE Competencies, including aligning Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements to associated Competencies. We value and welcome your input and look forward to your comments. 

NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page vi of this draft. For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.



competency; cyber; cybersecurity; cyberspace; education; knowledge; risk management; role; security; skill; task; team; training; workforce; work role
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NISTIR 8355 (Draft) (DOI)
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Supplemental Material:
List of Competencies (draft) (xls)
NICE Framework site (web)

Related NIST Publications:
SP 800-181 Rev. 1

Document History:
03/17/21: NISTIR 8355 (Draft)