Press release

Collaborative Alliance of Organisations Announced to Advance the UK’s Cyber Security Profession

19 July 2018

In recognition of the United Kingdom’s increasing economic dependence on internet-enabled capabilities, a number of established councils, chartered professional bodies, professional certification bodies, academics and industry representative groups have established a collaborative alliance to advance the development of the cyber security profession.

With representation from a breadth of disciplines currently active in cyber security professional practice, including computing, engineering, physical security, CNI and focused cyber security bodies, the collaborative effort reflects constituent members’ common understanding that professional cybersecurity expertise is relevant to a broad range of disciplines. With an overall aim to provide clarity around the skills, competences and career pathways within this fast-moving area of professional practice, the initial objective is to support commitments expressed within the UK National Cyber Security Strategy to provide a focal point for advising national policy, including the stated intent to recognise professionals through Chartered status.

The Alliance brings together a range of established expertise and disciplines, each of which currently has a leadership role in underpinning UK resilience in the digital environment. The founding membership includes several bodies operating under a Royal Charter granted through the Privy Council, and able to grant chartered status within their discipline, and it is open to including any organisation currently working on its common aims. Listed in alphabetical order current members include:  BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSofFS), CREST, The Engineering Council, IAAC, The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP), The IET, Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) ISACA, (ISC)2, techUK, The Security Institute, and WCIT, The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

Ahmed Kotb, IET Cyber Lead, said: “It’s fundamental that cyber security is seen as an established profession and we are in support of the need for a professional body to recognise the breadth of expertise within the industry.The Alliance offers the integration and coordination of existing Chartered and professional bodies across a range of cyber disciplines, that can provide credibility and knowledge to help deliver this work.

"With cyber skills shortages already emerging at every level, we are committed to working with the Government and the National Cyber Security Centre on the best solution. This will enable the rapid, yet capable development of specialist cyber skills to meet the growing needs of the industry, manage risk and secure the next generation of talent.”

Today’s announcement follows constituent members’ participation in a series of workshops led by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to develop a national professional body for cyber security, with government’s proposals now open to public consultation. Alliance members are now committed to, without prejudice, engaging their membership to encourage a broad and robust response from the broad community of practice currently working in the field.

Common objectives agreed by Alliance members include:

  • To harness the full range of proven and established UK cybersecurity professional expertise;
  • To provide a forum for benchmarking and shared standards for cybersecurity professional excellence; 
  • To enable the development of the specialist skills and capabilities that will allow the UK to keep pace with rapidly evolving cyber risks;
  • To enable a self-sustaining pipeline of talent providing the skills to meet our national needs;
  • To provide a focal point which can advise, shape and inform national policy.  

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