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Founding members of the Council

This page is a permanent acknowledgement of the contribution made by the 16 members of the Cyber Security Alliance to establishing the Council. In June 2021 the Council offered all 16 members of the Alliance the designation ‘Founding Member’ of the UK Cyber Security Council.

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. It offers a portfolio of cybersecurity credentials that are part of a holistic, pragmatic approach to security, and is best known for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certifications.

The BCS is the UK’s professional body for computing, with over 60,000 members in 150 countries, and a wider community of business leaders, educators, practitioners and policy-makers.  Its mission is to lead the IT industry through its ethical challenges, to support the people who work in the industry, and to ultimately make IT good for society.

CIISEC is an independent not-for-profit body governed by its members, ensuring standards of professionalism for practitioners, qualifications, operating practices, training and individuals in cyber and information security. It has over 15,000 individual members from the information and cyber security industry, and is the only pure-play cyber and information security institution to have been granted Royal Charter status .

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The registered charity champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. It has a community of more than 150,000 members across the world, provides thought leadership through independent research on the world of work, and offers professional training and accreditation for those working in HR and learning and development.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the global information technology ecosystem and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals within it. It is a hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce, through training, certifications, and market research.
CompTIA’s Cyber Security Pathway helps individuals understand the skills they need to progress in their careers, with certifications mirroring the current skills of IT professionals.

CREST is a not-for-profit accreditation and certification body representing the technical information security industry. It provides internationally recognised accreditations for organisations providing technical security services and professional level certifications for individuals delivering vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, cyber incident response, threat intelligence and security operations centre (SOC) services.

The Engineering Council is the UK's regulatory authority for registration of Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng), Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Information and Communications Technology Technician (ICTTech), holding a register of these and providing advice to students, engineers, employers and academic institutions on the standards for registration and procedures for registration. It is also responsible for the accreditation of educational and training programs, delegating this responsibility to licensed member institutions.

The IAAC is a Community of Interest (CoI), bringing together the people needed to build safe and resilient cyberspace. It identifies key issues and navigates their complexity to advance collective understanding, inform policy and promote concerted action. Its programme of work provides a range of opportunities to assist government and commerce.

The InstMC is recognised by Royal Charter as a learned society and is the professional qualifying body for scientists and engineers working in measurement, automation and control. It aims to promote high standards of professional competence by informing and supporting its members in their careers, as well as providing a bridge between academic research and industrial practice. It works in collaboration with related organisations, encouraging students into engineering and science, engaging with the wider public and informing government policy.

ISACA is a global professional association and learning organisation that leverages the expertise of more than 150,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy to drive innovation through technology. It equips individuals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organisations, and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams that effectively drive IT audit, risk management and security priorities forward.