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Unique opportunities to inform, influence and contribute: join the Council's working groups

Council news

02:15 Thursday, 16 December 2021

UK Cyber Security Council

The UK Cyber Security Council - the charitable, self-regulatory body for the cyber security education and skills sector - is inviting expressions of interest to join three new, highly influential working groups: Professional Standards, Ethical Standards and Qualifications & Learning.

Professional Standards and Ethical Standards working groups

The Council's mandate from the UK government includes providing a focal point through which industry and the professional landscape can advise, shape and inform national policy on cyber security professional standards.

Raising professional standards for cyber security is the cornerstone of the Council's remit to ensure a common, agreed and responsive set of professional and ethical standards for the Cyber Security profession.

Both the Professional Standards and Ethical Standards working groups are critical to cementing and improving on significant preparatory work already undertaken and will support the implementation of operations prior to migration into a formal committee structure.

The intention is for the migration to formal committees to take place during 2022, developing and responsible for setting ethical standards and guidance, and managing the licensing, standards maintenance and administration of the UK register of cyber security professionals.

For these two working groups, the Council is seeking volunteers with experience of and skills in:

  • the assessment of individuals against professional standard
  • licensing of assessing bodies
  • applying quality methods; and
  • professional ethics and their application

Qualifications & Learning working group

Another key element of the Council's work is the advancement of cyber security skills through the promotion of clear skills and route maps, alongside the development of nationally recognised standards for the cyber security profession. Applicants are sought to engage with the Council's Qualification & Learning working group to engage in the following activities:

  • research and attribute a minimum standard of knowledge and skills to each of the 16 specialisms based on CyBOK topic acronyms and CIISec skills group and levels
  • allocate skills and knowledge standards for each specialism across the three UK Cyber Security Council registration grades
  • evaluate the exam syllabuses of qualifications and certifications to confirm their attribution to one (or more) specialism(s) at one of the three UK Cyber Security Council registration grades

For this working group, applicants with the following skills are welcome:

  • cyber security teaching or training experience
  • knowledge of CyBOK
  • knowledge of CIISec
  • knowledge of qualification and certification regulated frameworks including RQF, SCQF, CQFW, CCEA

Who can apply?

Joining these working groups is open to any organisation with an interest in promoting, supporting and developing the cyber security profession. Initial priority will be given to applications from individuals from among the Council's member organisations.

However, individuals from non-member organisations with relevant knowledge or experience are welcome to apply, both now and in the future. As these groups grow, renew and refresh, this will be fundamental to our aim of true diversity and inclusion in everything we do.

Note that these are non-remunerated (volunteer) positions. Members may claim normal out-of-pocket expenses only.

How to apply

For all working groups, the provisional closing date for applications is January 7th 2022; this may be extended, depending on the ongoing Covid situation.

"These groups will play a central role in driving the cyber security profession forwards… There will never be a better opportunity for the profession to influence its own direction than by applying to join either of these working groups from the outset."
Simon Hepburn, Chief Executive Officer, UK Cyber Security Council