DCWF Workforce Elements

DCWF Workforce Elements

The DoD Cyber Workforce Framework describes the work performed by the full spectrum of the cyber workforce as defined in DoD Directive (DoDD) 8140.01. The DCWF leverages the original National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) and the DoD Joint Cyberspace Training and Certification Standards (JCT&CS).

It has a hierarchical structure with seven broad categories. These categories, or Workforce Elements, are:

  • IT (Cyberspace)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cyberspace Effects
  • Intelligence (Cyberspace)
  • Cyberspace Enablers (Support)
  • Software Engineering
  • AI / Data

The Workforce Elements contain a set of work roles. Each work role contains a definition, as well as a representative list of tasks and knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) describing what is needed to execute key functions. Work roles vary in terms of breadth (requirements spanning multiple sets of functions) and depth (requirements focused on a related set of functions). Scroll down to view the Workforce Elements and their work roles. You can click into each work role to see the associated KSATs.

Workforce Element: IT (Cyberspace)

Personnel who design, build, configure, operate, and maintain IT, networks, and capabilities. This includes actions to prioritize implement, evaluate, and dispose of IT as well as information resource management; and the management, storage, transmission, and display of data and information.

Workforce Element: Cybersecurity

Personnel who secure, defend, and preserve data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems by ensuring appropriate security controls and measures are in place, and taking internal defense actions. This includes access to system controls, monitoring, administration, and integration of cybersecurity into all aspects of engineering and acquisition of cyberspace capabilities.

Workforce Element: Cyberspace Effects

Personnel who plan, support, and execute cyberspace capabilities where the primary purpose is to externally defend or conduct force projection in or through cyberspace.

Workforce Element: Intelligence (Cyberspace)

Personnel who collect, process, analyze, and disseminate information from all sources of intelligence on foreign actors’ cyberspace programs, intentions, capabilities, research and development, and operational activities.

Workforce Element: Cyberspace Enablers (Support)

Personnel who perform work roles to support or facilitate the functions of cyber IT, cybersecurity, cyberspace effects, or intelligence workforce (cyberspace) work roles. This includes actions to support acquisition, training and leadership activities.

Workforce Element: Software Engineering

Workforce Element: AI / Data