The UK Cyber Security Council has confirmed the first collaboration of chartered cybersecurity specialists nationwide following the launch of its cyber security governance, risk management and secure system standard pilot schemes last year. Over 100 practitioners who completed the pilot schemes are registered with the council at the Chartered, Principal or Associate level.
After completing the two pilots, both specialisms will be open for applications to the broader sector. Pilot projects covering other specialisms, including security testing, audit and assurance, are in progress.
The council intends to create a globally recognised and professional standard for the UK cybersecurity industry, enabling professionals the opportunity to gain chartered status across 16 fields, strengthening cybersecurity to other established professions, like accountancy, engineering and legal.
The UK Cyber Security Council manages the Royal Charter and is the only organisation worldwide capable of chartering individuals towards securing the status of Chartered Cyber Security Professional.
According to Professor Simon Hepburn, the CEO of the UK Cyber Security Council, the focus is on working with stakeholders across the industry to deliver a leading global cyber hub within the UK. Hepburn highlights their continued work on pilot projects will bring the industry to a similar level with other industries, and regulating qualifications in the sector is critical to assisting the UK government in establishing the UK as the safest place to live and work online.
The Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) is the first Licensed Body for the council. Amanda Finch, CEO of CIISec, highlights they have welcomed over 40 chartered individuals to the industry and are looking forward to chartering many more shortly.
Increasing the professionalism of the sector and emphasising how cybersecurity is a valued career with real opportunities for everyone represents the driving force for CIISec and is a key priority for its members and the industry as a whole. Finch explains that the body is encouraging professionals who want to highlight their expertise and those looking to expand their career in cybersecurity in the areas of secure system architecture, governance, risk management, or anyone interested in the industry to connect and explore the potential of this career.
Recently, CIISec confirmed that it had secured funding from the UK Department of Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) to strengthen its Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in cybersecurity. Funding will support 400 students next year, three times the number recorded in the previous year.