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Conferences and workshops

CWDI Workshop #1: Defining the Cybersecurity Workforce

About the series

Advance registration is required. Click here to register.

The Cybersecurity Workforce Data Initiative (CWDI), mandated by the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 and led by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), is assessing the feasibility of producing national estimates on the U.S. cybersecurity workforce. As part of this effort, CWDI is holding three virtual workshops in 2024. Through these workshops, the public has the opportunity to provide input that will shape a possible future federal data collection on the U.S. cybersecurity workforce.

The cybersecurity workforce is characterized by a combination of knowledge, skills, and roles, with various industry leaders defining the workforce differently in different contexts. While various entities within and outside the federal government have used a range of definitions to identify cybersecurity professionals, there is no universal definition suitable for collecting nationally representative data on this workforce. Additionally, instead of a single categorization, some individuals may be core cybersecurity professionals, while others may be adjacent to the field. Please join us to hear more about how CWDI plans to define a cybersecurity professional and provide input on the proposed definition. This workshop will help inform who will be counted in potential future national statistics describing the U.S. cybersecurity workforce.


  • Rodney Petersen, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Marinda Hamann, ISC2
  • Melissa Dark, Dark Enterprises

Other CWDI workshops

CWDI Workshop #2: Understanding the Knowledge Gaps: What Do We Need to Learn about the Cybersecurity Workforce?
Thursday, May 23, 2024, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

CWDI Workshop #3: Aligning the Supply and Demand of Cybersecurity Professionals
Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

More information about these workshops is available on the CWDI workshop website.

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