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UK Cyber Security Council to oversee Cyber Certified Professional scheme

News release

12:00 Friday, 13 May 2022

Lisa Ventura

Responsibility for running the cyber security industry’s Cyber Certified Professional scheme has transferred from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to the UK Cyber Security Council.

The Council, which has been formed to act as the voice of the cyber security profession, has a key focus to set the standard for Chartered Cyber Security Professionals, and seeking alignment with qualifications and certifications in the sector.

The Council will be running a pilot scheme for the new chartered standard for the industry. The scheme will set up our Professional Register and seek to ensure an approach that allows the council to scale across our 16 specialisms, increasing our reach across the profession.   The first two specialisms will be run for ‘Cyber Security Governance and Risk Management’ and ‘Secure System Architecture and Design’.

The Ministry of Defence, NCSC and Department for Work and Pensions and others will be participating in the pilot scheme, along with the existing CCP certification bodies. 

The Council is also inviting expressions of interest from organisations and businesses across the sector who would like to be involved in the pilot scheme. Those taking part will have the opportunity to help shape the development of the Chartered standard the Council will be introducing.

While the Council examines the linkages and pathways between the Chartered Standard and the CCP scheme, all pre-existing and new certifications awarded through it, will continue to be recognised. It is the joint aim of the Council and the NCSC to explore via a pilot how the transfer of those holding such certifications can be achieved and made as simple as possible.

Simon Hepburn, Chief Executive of the UK Cyber Security Council said: “Here at the Council, we are focussed on creating a thriving cyber security industry to ensure the UK can remain a world leader in this strategically important sector.

“Creating a trusted, clear and robust Chartered standard that is universally recognised both across the industry and by those looking to enter it, is crucial to this goal and vital if we are to plug the industry’s skills gap.

“That is why we are taking on oversight of the Cyber Certified Professional scheme. We will be reviewing how best to introduce a new chartered standard that can integrate easily with existing qualifications and certifications to help provide a clear accreditation framework for the future.

“I truly believe this is an important step for our industry and I would like to invite businesses and organisations who would like to be involved in our upcoming pilot scheme to put themselves forward.”

In addition to the transfer of CCP to the Council and the  launch of the chartered standard pilot, the UK Cyber Security Council and the Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK) will be creating a Joint Transition Governance Board which will oversee the phased transition of CyBOK to the Council.

The CyBOK/UK Cyber Security Council Joint Transition Governance Board will be chaired by Sian John, Director of Security Business Development and Strategic Growth at Microsoft and Ollie Whitehouse, Chief Technology Officer at NCC Group, will advise the Board in an independent capacity.

Simon Hepburn, Chief Executive of the UK Cyber Security Council said ‘We are really pleased to have such highly respected individuals in the sector to support us in the transition of CyBOK to the Council. CyBOK is valued knowledge bank, which we will use to map our Chartered Standard with existing qualifications and certifications for the industry’

Businesses and organisations that are interested in taking part are invited to express their interest by the 17th June 2022.

For more information about the UK Cyber Security Council and its work within the sector visit: https://www.ukcybersecuritycouncil.org.uk/