NIST's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework aims to provide organizations with a common vocabulary when describing the role, area of specialty, category of work, and the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) of cybersecurity professionals.
According to the NIST report, "The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework improves communication, about how to identify, recruit, develop, and retain cyber security talent". Employers, recruiters, and guidance counselors, for example, may use the framework as a resource when writing cybersecurity job descriptions, or use it to define with greater clarity the types of IT security professionals in the workforce.
The NICE Framework is comprised of the following components:
The next draft of NIST Special Publication 800-16, a Role-Based Model for Federal Information Technology/Cybersecurity Training (Fall 2017), will include cybersecurity competencies that will be linked with components of the NICE Framework.