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Cyber security skills alliance

The structure of the alliance, its strategic objectives and supported initiatives are explained here.

The Cyber Security Skills Alliance is a collaborative venture between five organisations with an interest in promoting and developing cyber security skills: 

  • the IET, 
  • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 
  • the Institute for Information Security Professionals (IISP), 
  • the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) and 
  • e-skills UK 

Strategic objectives

The primary objectives of the Alliance are to ensure there is:

  • a flow of high calibre professionals that is adequate to meet the UK’s strategic needs;
  • an identified career path for cyber security professionals, with training development and qualifications readily available and linked through an achievable route.

Those progressing through this route should acquire relevant technical skills and the understanding of wider issues relevant to cyber security necessary to enable them to become effective leaders in the field. The initiative will cover both those in traditional information assurance and computer security roles and those employed in the full spectrum of engineering and IT roles. 


Alliance supported initiatives

The Alliance has launched a cyber security MSc sponsorship scheme offering bursaries for students to study for an MSc in cyber security. The pilot scheme, which will operate in 2013, involves courses at four universities and is open to students eligible for employment in the UK.


IAAC have launched a pilot cyber security internship scheme offering cyber security work experience. The scheme focuses on students already in further education.


e-skills UK are developing cyber security apprenticeships and further details will be available later this year.