What is the Cybersecurity Education & Workforce Framework?

The goal of the Cybersecurity Education & Workforce Framework is to address both a nationwide cybersecurity talent shortage and ongoing cybersecurity threats to schools. For this reason, the team behind the program developed a multi-level organizational schema that helps state and local education, workforce, and infrastructure entities coordinate cybersecurity efforts, specifically focused on the education ecosystem.

As most education-oriented programs can be difficult to implement (let alone a cybersecurity program), the framework was designed so individual school districts could adopt the program by:

  • Breaking the challenge into achievable staged steps.
  • Encouraging and supporting participation.
  • Identifying resource gaps.
  • Developing strategies to fill those gaps.

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Pillar 1: Secure the Schools

Pillar 2: Develop Cyber Curriculum and Training Opportunities

Pillar 3: Develop Future Cybersecurity Leaders

Level 1: Adopt existing frameworks, curriculum, and opportunities.

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Level 2: Implement frameworks and increase participation.

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Level 3: Lead in communities.

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How is the framework organized?

The framework consists of three pillars:

  • Pillar 1: Secure Your School - Cyber criminals are out there and school systems are becoming a more common target. The activities in this pillar focus on securing a school district's infrastructure.
  • Pillar 2: Develop Cyber Curriculum and Training Opportunities - Cyber education resources are out there - more than you realize. The activities in this pillar center on cybersecurity and computer science learning opportunities for both students and educators.
  • Pillar 3: Develop Future Cybersecurity Leaders - Today's students in cybersecurity will soon be tomorrow's leaders and professionals in the industry. The activities in this pillar focus on supporting previous pillars in their efforts to create cybersecurity leaders at both a macro (district/system) and micro level (individuals) by developing pathways to workforce.

Each pillar is then broken down into three maturity levels:

  • Level 1: Adopt existing frameworks, curriculum, and opportunities.
  • Level 2: Implement frameworks and increase participation.
  • Level 3: Lead. Be the voice for cybersecurity and demonstrate leadership in your community.

Each maturity level is broken down into key activities that both the state and school-level officials can address to increase their security, educate and train students and Michigan residents, and build the cybersecurity leaders of tomorrow, today. 

How long will it take to implement the framework?

It may seem daunting to look at all the tasks and wonder how you are going to implement that at your school. Fortunately, the tasks don't need to be completed within a specific time frame.

Nonetheless, we do urge schools to stay on top of the tasks, measure their progress, and strive to complete the entire framework. Doing this will protect your school, improve the strength of your program, and prepare your students.