Cybersecurity gets nice NICE baby!

Thursday - 7/1/2010, 9:30am EDT

Ernest McDuffie, Leader, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, NIST

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Cybersecurity Update - Tune in weekdays at 30 minutes past the hour for the latest cybersecurity news on The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris (6-10 a.m.) and The DorobekInsider with Chris Dorobek (3-7 p.m.). Listen live at FederalNewsRadio.com or on the radio at 1500 and 820 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

  • We talk about cybersecurity a lot as it pertains to the government and federal workspace. But now, cybersecurity training is expanding beyond agencies and into high schools, libraries and other workplaces. It's called the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE, for short). The interagency program is being run by Dr. Ernest McDuffie at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He joins us to discuss why the program was started and what the government hopes to get out of it.

  • Navy CIO Rob Carey moving on to a job with the service's new cyber fleet. Carey says his new job will be an operational position that will focus on strategy and policy for all Navy networks. Carey announced his intentions to step down as CIO in June. He'll begin his new rule by summer's end.

  • The Department of Homeland security might have a key role in cyber security, but a new study shows it doesn't dominate the market. The report by the Homeland Security Research Corporation found that the combined fiscal year 2009 state and local homeland security markets totaled nearly $16 billion dollars. The DHS market totaled a little more than $13 billion. Meanwhile, the fastest growing sub-markets for homeland security are expected to be biometric based systems and cybersecurity.

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