Our vision and mission
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:
- to be the self-regulatory body for, and voice of, the cyber security profession
- to develop, promote and provide stewardship of the highest possible standards of expertise, excellence, professional conduct and practice in the profession, for the benefit of the public.
Its aims are to:
- inspire, inform and advance public cyber security awareness and knowledge
- create an open, inclusive and professional cyber security culture
- influence cyber security best practices that proactively benefit the public in the UK and beyond
- act as the reference point for cyber security professional standards, competence and commitment
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.
How and why the Council was formed
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.”
Following a competitive tender process, in September 2019 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) commissioned the establishment of the Council by a consortium of existing cyber security professional bodies known as the Cyber Security Alliance.
The UK Cyber Security Council is registered as a Charity in England & Wales (number 1195030).