COMMUNITY TRACK | Oct. 11 • 1:15 pm • Room 24–25

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Growing and Sustaining the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce

Rodney Petersen, Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

The United States’ vision of a cybersecurity workforce that safeguards and promotes America’s national security and economic prosperity requires collective action from the public and private sectors. To prepare, grow, and sustain the nation’s cybersecurity workforce, we must align education and training with the cybersecurity workforce needs of employers and prepare individuals for lifelong careers.

About Rodney Petersen

Rodney Petersen is the Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US Department of Commerce. He previously served as the Managing Director of the EDUCAUSE Washington Office and as a Senior Government Relations Officer. He founded and directed the EDUCAUSE Cybersecurity Program and was the lead staff liaison for the Higher Education Information Security Council. Prior to joining EDUCAUSE, he worked at two different times for the University of Maryland—first as Campus Compliance Officer in the Office of the President and later as the Director of IT Policy and Planning in the Office of the Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He received his law degree from Wake Forest University and bachelors’ degrees in political science and business administration from Alma College. He was awarded a certificate as an Advanced Graduate Specialist in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland.