UK Cyber Security Council opens membership application process

According to the UK Cyber Security Council, a national self-regulatory body for the cyber security education and skills sector, any organisation with an interest in promoting, supporting and developing the cyber security profession is eligible for membership.

Member organisations will be able to nominate representatives with the relevant skills and experience to the Council’s committees, which are the primary mechanisms through which the Council will deliver on objectives around developing the profession.

The Council will focus on gathering views from the full breadth of the membership to inform activities and decisions, with all member organisations being encouraged to engage in the work of the organisation, through engagement mechanisms that will be put in place.

In accordance with its remit, the Council’s committees will focus on the core activities of Professional Standards, Qualifications and Careers, Ethics and Diversity, and members will be able to nominate representatives once their applications are approved and completed.

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“Professional Standards, Qualifications and Careers, Ethics and Diversity are the stand-out issues facing the profession and its practitioners,” said Don MacIntyre, interim CEO for the UK Cyber Security Council.

“Businesses with an interest in cyber security will never have a better opportunity to influence the direction and development of these and other issues than to join the Council and getting involved.

“It is only through building an actively engaged community of members that the Council will be able to speak as the representative voice for the UK’s cyber security profession.

“With every new membership, our voice becomes clearer, louder and increasingly more difficult to be ignored.”

About the UK Cyber Security Council

The UK Cyber Security Council has been tasked by the UK Government to develop a framework for boosting skill development, establishing industry-wide ethics, and promoting diversity and inclusivity throughout the UK cyber security industry.

With cyber security being a relatively new sector in terms of recognition, standardisation of relevant qualifications and a best practice code of conduct was found to be needed, leading to its formation as part of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) 2016-2021 document.

The body works closely with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK’s national technical authority for cyber security, and looks to help make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

Information on how to apply for the UK Cyber Security Council can be found here.