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Workstream 7: Code of Ethics

Workstream Purpose 

Workstream 7. Requires the presentation of a draft code of ethics for Cyber Security Professionals which, for example, analyses the Ethical issues that professionals face, reviews Ethical Codes in other relevant communities and proposes a draft code of Ethics which addresses the issues and which articulates why it would be of benefit to the community as well as a proposal for how it would be applied.

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.


  • Draft code of ethics produced and effective method of community challenge to be agreed by the Authority.
  • Review of existing code of ethics to be signed off by the Authority and then issues to the community at large for review and comment
  • Code of ethics for Cyber Profession produced and finally reviewed and signed off by both the Supplier and the Authority
  • Clear proposals for how the Code of Ethics would be applied and enforced fairly, robustly and consistently across signatory organisation to be reviewed and signed off by the Authority - The Supplier must be able to demonstrate that the Code of Ethics has been adopted by Supplier Organisations, describe how it is being implemented and describe the implications for individual cyber security professionals.
  • Full implementation and application of the Code of Ethics with signatory organisations - The Supplier must be able to show that the Code of Ethics has been adopted by Organisations across the profession and wider community.
  • Approach to embedding cyber security within the professional code of conducts / code of ethics of other, relevant, professions to be reviewed and challenged by the Authority.


Person Specification 

Essential Criteria:

  • Strong technical understanding of the fundamentals of Cyber Security.
  • 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.
  • Understanding of professional codes of ethics, how they are applied, enforced across similar associated professions and/or other areas of industry.
  • Experience of working within an industry that is guided by a code of ethics or set of principles that are designed to help professionals conduct business honestly and with integrity.

Desirable Criteria:

  • 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.
  • Experienced across a range of industries/ applications.

This description is intended as a general guide to the scope of the position. 

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 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

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.


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.