The vision of the UK Cyber Security Council is that the United Kingdom should be one of the most secure places anywhere in the world to do business in cyberspace (as set out in the original National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021).
To help this vision become reality, the role of the Council is to be the umbrella body for existing professional organisations, and to drive progress towards meeting the key challenges faced by the cybersecurity profession.
The UK Cyber Security Council’s mission is:
We will do this by:
In October 2022 the Council published our Chartering a Cyber Future Strategy 2025, read our strategy below.
As the focal point for the UK cyber security profession, the Council works closely with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK's national technical authority for cyber security, to define and develop the skills the country needs.
For further information and advice on responding to a cyber security incident, go to NCSC.gov.uk.
The National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 policy paper set out “the UK Government’s plan to make Britain secure and resilient in cyberspace”. It included 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.”
This plan was developed further and, in December 2018, the Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy was published, specifically prescribing a new, independent body – the UK Cyber Security Council. The Council would 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.”
We are funded by the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology.
The UK Cyber Security Council is registered as a Charity in England & Wales (number 1195030).