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Privacy SIG Series: Highlighting NIST Privacy and Cybersecurity Workforce Initiatives

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Date and Time

December 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Event Category

Web Conference


Irene Fisher


Lisa O'Connell


Privacy and cybersecurity are two of the hottest job categories in the modern economy. But what knowledge and skills should organizations be looking for? What training should candidates undergo? Join two people from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who are leading the efforts to standardize education, training and jobs in the fields of privacy and cybersecurity.

The Privacy Workforce Working Group (PWWG) aims to develop TKS (task, knowledge and skill) Statements aligned with the NIST Privacy Framework, version 1.0 which was released last year. The PWWG is led by four Co-chairs and hundreds of volunteers from across the privacy world. Dylan Gilbert, NIST Privacy Policy Advisor, one of the co-chairs, joins Karen Wetzel, manager of the National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE) to discuss the important work of the PWWG and the NICE

NIST Special Publication 800-181 revision 1, the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework), provides the set of building blocks for describing the tasks, knowledge, and skills (TKS) that are needed to perform cybersecurity work carried out by individuals and teams. Through these building blocks, the NICE Framework enables organizations to develop their workforces to perform cybersecurity work, and it helps learners explore cybersecurity careers and to engage in appropriate learning activities to develop their knowledge and skills.


R. Jason Cronk – Privacy Engineer, Enterprivacy Consulting Group

R. Jason Cronk is the author of Strategic Privacy by Design, one of the textbooks for the IAPP's privacy technologist certification (CIPT). He was designated in 2014 as a privacy by design ambassador by the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner's office and has been a leading figure in privacy by design and privacy engineering ever since. Currently he works as a consultant and trainer for a boutique firm Enterprivacy Consulting Group. He can be found tweeting @privacymaverick

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Dylan Gilbert – Privacy Policy Advisor, NIST

Dylan Gilbert is a Privacy Policy Advisor with the Privacy Engineering Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role, he advances the development of privacy engineering and risk management processes with a focus on the Privacy Framework and emerging technologies.

Prior to joining NIST, he was Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge where he led and developed all aspects of the organization’s privacy advocacy. This included engagement with civil society coalitions, federal and state lawmakers, and a broad cross-section of external stakeholders on issues ranging from consumer IoT security to the development of comprehensive federal privacy legislation. He spent the early part of his career as a working musician and freelance writer in his native southern California.
Dylan holds a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

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Karen Wetzel – Manager, NICE Framework, NIST

Karen Wetzel joined the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) as Manager of the NICE Framework in October 2020. As a common, consistent lexicon that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work, the NICE Framework improves communication about how to identify, recruit, develop, and retain cybersecurity talent. Karen specializes in identifying, communicating, and developing guidance around key issues, emerging trends, and opportunities of special interest. Prior to joining NICE, Karen was Director of the Community Groups and Working Groups programs at EDUCAUSE and served as Standards Program Manager for the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

See Karen Wetzel‘s full profile.

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