Editorial

UK Cyber Security Council launches first two initiatives

Groundwork being laid ahead of Membership launch in September

Posted 29 June 2021 by Christine Horton


The UK Cyber Security Council has instigated its first two initiatives, under its mandate from the government to develop the cybersecurity sector.

The new DCMS-funded Council was launched on April 1 to establish knowledge, skills and experience around a range of cybersecurity jobs.

The Council has today invited the 16 members of the Cyber Security Alliance – the group of organisations commissioned by DCMS to set up the Council – to apply for a role in determining the terms of reference for two significant, new committees: a Professional Standards & Ethics Committee and a Qualifications & Careers Committee.

“Raising professional standards for cyber security is the most important immediate priority for the Council, notably helping to ensure a common set of professional standards are adopted through education and training interventions relating to cyber security,” the Council said in a statement.

At the same time, the Council will work on an initial mapping of CyBOK’s Qualifications Framework onto a public-facing Career Pathways Framework.

While the terms of reference for both committees will be developed by representatives from among the Cyber Security Alliance, the committees themselves will be populated from members of the Council. Membership is open to any organisation with an interest in promoting, supporting and developing the cyber security profession. Membership is currently open for expressions of interest, with an application process to commence shortly.

The Council is calling on companies from all industries to get involved to help boost career opportunities and professional standards within the cybersecurity sector, and will welcome its first members from September.

Don MacIntyre, interim chief executive of the Council, said: “While the Council is uniquely supported by the UK Government and has a Board of experienced industry professionals, it will be through its members that the UK Cyber Security Council will play a central role in driving the cyber security industry forwards.

“We don’t have the luxury of starting with something ‘easy’: professional standards and qualifications and careers are the two stand-out issues facing the profession, so we’re going to hit the ground running. There will never be a better opportunity for the profession to influence its own direction and development than joining the Council and getting involved with these first two committees.”

The 16 members of the Cyber Security Alliance have all been offered the honorary status of Founding Member of the UK Cyber Security Council. All 16 will still need to apply for regular Member status order to contribute to the Council’s activities, beyond the setting-up of the first two committees.