National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC)

The nation and its citizens face a continued and growing cyber threat and a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals. To ensure our nation’s future national security and economic growth, we must build a strong cyber workforce. The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) was created by the Cyber Innovation Center to advance its academic outreach and workforce development program. NICERC focuses on curriculum design, professional development, and collaboration in K-12 education. The impact of NICERC is the creation of a Cyber Interstate that allows individuals to ‘enter and exit’ at various points throughout their academic and professional careers. A Cyber Interstate provides multiple opportunities for students to become aware of cyber issues (enhance awareness), engage in cyber education (expand the pipeline), and select cyber careers (evolve the field).