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Who made the UK Cyber Security Council?


02:00 Sunday, 31 January 2021

UK Cyber Security Council

If you’ve been minded to explore the About the Council section of this website, you may already know the answer to this. At least in part, you may.

You’ll know that the Government published its 2016-2021 National Cyber Security Strategy, and that in 2018 it published its Cyber Security Skills Strategy, in which the Council was named and its role was outlined. And you’ll know that in August 2019, DCMS appointed a group of 16 cyber security-focused professional organisations known as the Cyber Security Alliance, to design and deliver the new UK Cyber Security Council. But what did that mean? What happened next?

For most of the next 18 months, scores of volunteers – both from the Cyber Security Alliance and independently – provided their time and expertise to help flesh out the Council’s remit. These volunteers worked on a vast range of focus areas: from a cyber security Careers Framework to understanding the state of diversity, inclusivity and equality in the profession and how those could be improved. They created the essential frameworks and procedures that underpin the professional registration aspirations of the Council.

However, such dry descriptions understate the amount of work that goes into creating these elements of a self-regulatory professional body. It’s a massive undertaking and the Council wouldn’t have been able to start operations without the efforts of these many, many people. We thank them all, and look forward to taking their work ‘live’ in due course.

We're grateful, too, to the organisations for which these volunteers normally work. In many cases they allowed their volunteers to devote a portion of their working hours to the formation of the Council, thereby supporting it at an organisational level.

Our thanks, too, to the National Cyber Security Centre. The NCSC has, over the last 18 months, provided advice and played an integral role in ensuring that the Council’s remit addresses and focuses on all those parts of cyber security that aren’t technical – that is to say, the profession.

None of this happened without funding, for which the Council offers its thanks to DCMS – the department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport – which identified the need for, and recommended the creation of, the UK Cyber Security Council.

The Cyber Security Alliance members are:

  • (ISC)²
  • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISEC)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • CompTIA
  • Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS)
  • Engineering Council
  • Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC)
  • The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP)
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)
  • Security Institute (SyI)
  • techUK
  • The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT)