The ISC2 Academic Partnerships team attended and exhibited at the prestigious NICE Conference in Dallas, Texas, U.S. in June.

NICE, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, is led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The mission of NICE is to energize, promote, and coordinate a robust community working together to advance an integrated ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

With more than 700 people in attendance, the conference is an annual convening of community members and thought leaders from education, government, industry, and non-profits to explore ‘best-practices’ of developing a skilled cybersecurity workforce ready to meet the challenges of the future.

ISC2 at NICE in DallasAs the world’s leading member organization for cybersecurity professionals, ISC2 is dedicated to helping close the cyber workforce gap with industry-leading education, training and workforce development. Our portfolio of globally recognized training and certifications empower learners with the latest knowledge and skills they need to excel in cybersecurity.

The team exhibited with a great booth space as they met academics from various community colleges and universities, hearing about how they are delivering their programs and discussing how ISC2 can partner with them to support their students.

The ISC2 Academic Partnership Network is focused on research support, cybersecurity curriculum development, job search & preparation webinars for students, cyber career fairs and access to our world-famous certification

The goal for ISC2 is to enhance partner cybersecurity expertise and programs while collaboratively enabling their students to earn their academic awards and ISC2 certifications simultaneously, aligning to business and workplace needs.

“The industry is in desperate need for more people with the skills needed to deal with cyber-attacks,” said Alex Mortimer, ISC2 Academic Partnerships Head. “Sadly, there are not enough graduates to fulfill the need. We need to close the cyber workforce gap and that starts with students and early career professionals.”

“It was great to be at the NICE conference, where we met so many passionate academics as we discussed their programs and how we could partner to support their students to get their dream cyber job. The team look forward to carrying on these discussions and working with them!”

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