National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

What Does National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Mean?

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is a national strategic program geared toward educating the general public about cybersecurity in the U.S. It focuses on creating safer communities and promoting public knowledge, skills and attitudes about cybersecurity through special training and educational resources.


An offshoot of President Bush’s Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), NICE is spearheaded and facilitated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Techopedia Explains National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

With technology’s rapid and continuous growth and enhancement, especially via the Internet, cybercrime has evolved into a threat to public safety, economic development and national security. In the 2011 strategic plan titled "Building a Digital Nation," the NIST incorporated NICE’s objectives and goals to raise awareness about the risks of online activities, as follows:

  • Educate the general public about online risks and their prevention
  • Improve public knowledge about cybersecurity within various organizations, allowing optimal application of resources under dire and threatening circumstances
  • Facilitate public access to various and numerous cybersecurity resources

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