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History of the Council

The UK Cyber Security Council traces its origins to the UK Government's National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021. This is a record of major milestones since then.

Our ambition is for there to be a new, independent UK Cyber Security Council that will embolden the profession to structure and develop itself in a way that meets current and future demands. The Council will be charged with the development of a framework that speaks across the different specialisms, setting out a comprehensive alignment of career pathways, including the certifications and qualifications required within certain levels. The Council will lay the structural foundations of the cyber security profession that will enable it to respond to the evolving needs of industry and the wider economy.
Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy, UK Government, December 2018

 

July 2021

The Council is granted charitable status.

March 2021

The Council formally becomes an independent entity as the Formation Project ends.

February 2021

In a statement, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirms the launch of the Council is scheduled for the end of March 2021.

December 2020

The first four Council trustees are appointed. The Council expects to launch in Spring 2021.

August 2019

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) appoints the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as the lead organisation in charge of designing and delivering the new UK Cyber Security Council, alongside 15 other cyber security professional organisations collectively known as the Cyber Security Alliance.

December 2018

The Government’s Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy policy paper specifically prescribes a new, independent body: the UK Cyber Security Council.

The Council will be “charged with the development of a framework that speaks across the different specialisms, setting out a comprehensive alignment of career pathways, including the certifications and qualifications required within certain levels.”

November 2016

The UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 sets out “the UK Government’s plan to make Britain secure and resilient in cyberspace”. It includes ambitions to develop and accredit the cyber security profession by “reinforcing the recognised body of cyber security excellence within the industry and providing a focal point which can advise, shape and inform national policy.”