The Council will enable employers to identify the people they need to manage their cyber risks and meet their regulatory obligations. It will help practitioners navigate the complex world of existing qualifications, certifications, and courses. By setting an overarching professional standard and defining three professional titles, the Council will make the equivalence of cyber security qualifications clear.
Cyber security is a maturing profession, with a range of areas that require specialist insight, development and practice. The Council’s Professional Standard and Registration Titles will bring structure and unity to the profession accordingly, and a level of consistent professional recognition, already embedded in fields such as engineering, audit and medicine.
Regulatory compliance and ethical practice are key pillars in the cyber security sector. The Government wants the Council’s standard to become a measure used to assess compliance by regulators across the UK. Regulators need to assess whether regulated entities have sufficiently invested in their cyber workforce to maintain cyber resilience.
The Council’s standard is an effective measure of this resilience. Alongside the standard, the Council’s Ethical Declaration sets out a code of conduct for businesses and guiding principles for individuals on how to practice ethically. Each Council registrant will sign the Ethical Declaration, agreeing to promote credibility, integrity and professionalism. This will serve as assurance that those awarded Professional Registration Titles are both ethical and compliant.
Hiring decisions are the most important decisions that organisations make. In cyber security they are loaded with risk, as assessing competence is challenging. Employers who seek robust recruitment and development processes will use the UK Cyber Security Council’s standard for assurance that they are employing high quality, experienced practitioners.
The Government Security Group is one example of an employer seeking this kind of assurance, and it is actively looking to align its recruitment frameworks to the Council’s standard, as the specialisms are released. Recruitment, progression, and career growth for individuals can be accelerated by engagement with the Council’s Professional Registration Titles – Associate, Principal and Chartered.
Customers of cyber services often struggle to determine quality in the market: what does good look like? How has this been assessed? Do assessments have equivalence? Chartership will ensure an easy way to identify this for companies of all sizes. The need for this is particularly acute for the UK Government - the largest customer for cyber security services in the UK.
Government is seeking to integrate the Council’s standard into public sector procurement processes, similar to what has been achieved with Cyber Essentials, to help customers validate the competence of a company’s cyber resilience. The standard will enable clear assessment of those bidding for Government contracts. Aligning yourself to the standard will help your organisation prove the quality of your services.
Professionalising the cyber security workforce is not just a UK programme, it is the direction of travel for many like-minded states across the globe. Governments in other countries are increasingly looking at how best to assure professional competence and the UK government is pursuing mutual recognition of the Council standard internationally.
Chartership with the UK Cyber Security Council will provide global credibility and give professionals an easy way to demonstrate equivalent competence when moving between countries.
The Council’s standard, governance and institutional architecture will be led by cyber security professionals with Council titles. The UK Government is working towards the Council standard being the only Government-recognised quality mark for the UK cyber workforce. To shape the profession, you need to be part of it.
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