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Workstream 5: Developing the Profession

Workstream Purpose 

The aim of workstream 5. is to develop a clear, considered and evidenced roadmap for career progression of the cyber security professional. The working group will also be tasked with the drafting of a qualifications framework which is open for challenge from the wider community and finalised to ensure it is of benefit and fit-for-purpose. Finally, workstream 5. should produce a clear approach to ensuring diversity in the profession and means to engage and develop the next generation. 

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.


  • Vision and roadmap for the profession as a whole - To be reviewed and signed off by the Authority and then made available to the community at large; likely to include:
    • an up-to-date assessment of the cyber security landscape for professionals working in cyber security
    • identification of the key issues facing professionals and a clear articulation of the CSC vision which would address these issues
    • a roadmap for 3, 5 and 10 years outlining what the CSC would aim to achieve and the impact it would aim to have
    • a set of CSC desired outcomes at 3, 5 and 10 years which clearly show the impact and benefits that the CSC is hoping to achieve
  • Produce a draft approach to qualifications framework and an effective method of community challenge; clearly articulates the overall aim of such a Framework, the issues that need to be addressed and how the proposed Framework will address these issues and be of benefit to the community - To be agreed by the Authority Board.
  • Mission statement established on how to develop the next generation of cyber security professionals and to boost diversity in the profession - To be reviewed and signed off by the Authority Board but is likely to incorporate:
    • An analysis of similar initiatives from cyber security and related disciplines from around the world, their success / effectiveness in encouraging people into the cyber security profession and boosting diversity
    • an analysis of what can be learned from disciplines such as law, medicine, etc.
    • a set of recommendations based on sound evidence and robust analysis for what the CSC wants to achieve, the role it will play, and what could be expected to be achieved in 3, 5 and 10 year timescales.


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.
  • Experience of working to manage and support professional development including an understanding of the cyber security profession and existing career paths.
  • Experience or understanding of working to improve diversity and inclusion within an industry and/or organisation.
  • Active involvement in the efforts to engage individuals (and in particular younger generations) with a new profession.

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.