FIU to host annual conference focused on cybersecurity workforce outreach

Our homes and smart devices, banking information and medical records, and the nation’s power grids and election systems all face the same devastating threat: cyberattacks.

FIU is playing a key role in educating the next generation of highly-skilled cybersecurity practitioners to protect and safeguard important data, systems, and networks. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected FIU’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy as a partner to host the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo on Nov. 6 – 7, 2018, in Miami.

“At FIU, we’re privileged to have talented faculty and researchers that have put us on the map as a nationally recognized hub of interdisciplinary cybersecurity education and research,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “It’s an honor to bring our expertise to the table and help move the needle in such a critically important 21st century industry.”

As a part of the agreement, the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy – part of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs – and the Division of Information Technology partnered with New America to host the annual NICE Conference and Expo over the next five years.

The NICE conference brings together cybersecurity workforce developers, federal and state government leaders, education and training providers, and others from across the U.S. and the world to help build the foundation for greater security. This year’s conference theme, “Innovation in Cybersecurity Education, Training and Workforce Development,” will include presentations from distinguished cybersecurity experts focusing on demonstrating new, creative and innovative approaches that will prepare, grow and sustain a national cybersecurity workforce.

“The nation’s private and public sector cybersecurity workforce is the foundation for our future success in protecting U.S. national security and economic prosperity and in maintaining a competitive advantage. Those who perform cybersecurity jobs— and the institutions that educate, train, and employ them— must be well prepared so that the nation can lead the world in cybersecurity,” said NICE Director Rodney Petersen.

To learn more about the NICE Conference and Expo, please click here.