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NIST Drafts Framework to Help Orgs Recruit, Retain Cyber Talent; Bill Newhouse Comments

CyberStockThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued draft guidance meant to help U.S. organizations identify, hire and retain cybersecurity workforce.

NIST said Wednesday the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework contains category and description of strategies for employers to build a team of cyber staff to protect their networks.

The agency’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education developed the framework in collaboration with industry, academia and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

The framework is also intended to assist in the development of training standards and individual career planning.

“The NCWF can help an organization identify cybersecurity tasks within a work role that are vital to its mission and then examine if its current staff can perform those tasks and, if not, hire staff who can,” said Bill Newhouse, NICE deputy director and lead author of the document.

The framework classifies the workforce into seven categories comprised of more than 30 specialty areas such as legal advice, oversight and incident response.

NIST will accept public comments on the draft through Jan. 6, 2017.

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