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Terms of Reference: Cyber Security Council Project Advisory Group

The Project:

This project supports the aim of the National Cyber Security Strategy published in 2016, for the UK to develop the cyber security profession, including through achieving Royal Chartered status by 2020, reinforcing the recognised body of cyber security excellence within the industry and providing a focal point which can advise, shape and inform national policy.

In order to meet this outcome, DCMS has run and completed the grant competition that appointed the IET, on behalf of the Alliance of cyber security organisations, to be the delivery lead to establish a new UK Cyber Security Council.

The objectives of the Cyber Security Council are around the themes of professional development, professional ethics, thought leadership, influence and outreach. The project will be delivered in collaboration with the Cyber Security Alliance, which is an existing consortium of 16 cyber security organisations.

The Advisory Group:

A critical feature of this project will be the full use of Alliance member’s wide-ranging expertise, and the involvement of the wider Cyber Security Community.

A project advisory group of senior industry leaders and academics will also be established. The advisory group will, where required, support the project with technical insight to support decisions based around direction of work stream deliverables and the project more generally.

The Chair of the advisory group will be appointed for the duration of the project and will also take a position on the Project Board.

It is anticipated that this board will transition to the Council Advisory Board by April 2021.

This role is not remunerated but the post-holder is able to claim reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. No specified location – commitments can be carried out remotely with expectation of travel to occasional meetings face to face – anticipated to be London but other locations in the UK also possible.


  • 1 Chair
  •  3 Academic representatives
  •  4 Cyber Security industry representatives
    • 1 from company under 250 employees
    • 1 from company under 1000 employees
    •  2 from companies over 1000 employees*
  • 3 industry representatives from “user sectors”
    • e.g. finance, business intelligence, legal, utilities.
  • 1 Public Sector representative**

*For members from larger companies with both Cyber Security specialist units and user application units, which industry category they fall under will depend on the individual and their current job function.

** DCMS / NCSC representatives on the project board are welcome to attend all advisory board meetings as observers

Person Specification:

Essential Criteria:

  • A strong track record as evidenced by either job title or achievements in past positions
  • Leading experts from institutions/ organisations with strong track record in cyber security as evidenced by reputation and past achievements
  • Representing “high-growth” companies or application areas
  • A demonstrably innovative and/or analytical mindset and approach as evidence by past and on-going work
  • Experienced across a range of industries/ applications


Desirable Criteria:

  • Knowledge of professional ethics.
  • An understanding of risk management.
  • A passion for making the UK the leading country for cyber security professionalism.
  • A desire to help strengthen the secure digital economy and society in the UK.

Roles are to be applied for by organisations with a suitably experienced and senior representative individual identified. 

If you are interested to support the UK CSC Formation Project as part of the Advisory Group and feel you have experience in a number of these areas (even if it’s not quite all of them) please send a ‘Letter of Application’ signed by C (or Director) Level for consideration to csc@theiet.org by 29th November 2019.

Please note: There is no template for the letter of application. It should outline credentials and experience in relation to the person specification and the deliverables/ the role summary.  A C/Director Level signature is a helpful indication of organisation's willingness to support the individual's participation in the project.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is an important part of any project and it enables us to understand everyone's individual experience and perspective; we kindly request that applicants complete and return our ‘Equality and Diversity Monitoring’ form along with their letter of application.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Applications will be assessed by the UK CSC Project - Project Board.


The information provided on this form/email will be processed by the IET, as part of the Cyber Security Skills Alliance, for purposes which support and further the Alliances aims and ideals for the development of cyber skills within the engineering community including the UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project.