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UK Cyber Security Council and SASIG partner for skills drive

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The UK Cyber Security Council and the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) have announce a new partnership to further enhance and develop careers, skills and training in cyber security.

The Council and SASIG will work together on key webinars and events designed to improve trust in the online environment and to harbour that trust they are committed to when it comes to education and knowledge sharing throughout the community. One of the forthcoming events that the Council will partner with SASIG on is their third Cybersecurity Skills Festival which takes place on Tuesday 22 February 2022. 

For those looking to re-skill into a new career sector, cyber security is an attractive option. With a new reliance on technology in all aspects of life, this means that a huge number of new technology-focused jobs are constantly emerging. Cyber security is a growing market, and it is estimated that the cyber industry will need an additional 3.5 million qualified professionals by 2023.

With skills, education and training in cyber security being firmly on the agenda for the work that the UK Cyber Security Council is doing, partnering with SASIG in this key area to help individuals transition into a career in cyber security was a natural choice.

Speaking of the partnership, Simon Hepburn, CEO of the UK Cyber Security Council, said: “We are delighted to partner with SASIG as we move forward with our careers and learning workstream. Getting more people to consider entering the cyber security industry is crucial, and we look forward to working with SASIG on this.  We will be launching a programme of joint activities in the coming months such as webinars and events and with skills, training and education in cyber security very high on the agenda for the UK Cyber Security Council, this was a very natural partnership that aligns with the core values of the UK Cyber Security Council perfectly.”
Martin Smith MBE, Chairman and Founder of SASIG, said: “It is a privilege to be working with the prestigious UK Cyber Security Council on the vital task of bridging the cybersecurity skills gap – in SASIG’s view, the single most important strategic challenge our profession faces. Our Skills Festivals have already established themselves as a successful way of bringing together those looking for new talent and those wanting to enter our dynamic and exciting profession, but there is much more to be done. This new partnership between SASIG and the UK Cyber Security Council will be central to these efforts.”

UK Cyber Security Council supports NCSC’s Decrypting Diversity conclusions

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The UK Cyber Security Council – the charitable, self-regulatory body for the cyber security education and skills sector – today responded to Decrypting Diversity, a report by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on diversity and inclusivity (D&I) in the cyber security sector.

D&I is one of the four key pillars of the UK Cyber Security Council, the organisation that was commissioned in 2019 by DCMS to be the governing voice for the cyber security profession and launched in the spring of 2021. NCSC’s report, written by KPMG, contains six recommendations to improve the D&I performance of the sector.

Responding, Simon Hepburn – CEO of the UK Cyber Security Council – said: “First, we warmly welcome and applaud this second annual report by NCSC and KPMG. Solidly researched again, it makes concrete recommendations that will move the sector towards ensuring there are no barriers to entry to it.

“The sector must succeed at this. It’s vital not just to help the sector fill the tens of thousands of vacancies that exist, but for the sector and the UK to benefit from the wider range of abilities, improved creativity, different thinking and alternative contributions of a truly diverse, inclusive cyber security workforce. The Council and the NCSC are in lockstep over the D&I objectives for the sector and, to that end, we also welcome and agree with the conclusions of the report.

“Second: we’re very aware that the recommendations in the report are – as they must be in such a report – largely about what needs to be done, and we’re conscious that little may change unless the sector proceeds to address how to do what needs to be done; programmes will need to be devised and executed.

“The Council will therefore play its full role in devising, driving and supporting D&I programmes, through the Council membership which we are at the start of building. I encourage cyber-related organisations that want to lead the way in D&I, and which want to show the sector that they’re leading the way, to join us without delay. There is much to do.”

The Council is cited specifically in two of the conclusions of the Decrypting Diversity report:

  • Publicise the success stories: the UK Cyber Security Council should produce a series of case studies and career journeys that show the breadth of routes into cyber and the diversity of professionals in the industry today. Individuals need to understand how they can join the cyber security industry and the variety of opportunities available, including at entry level. There should be no barrier to entering the cyber job market based on demographic characteristics.
  • Map out the roles and skills: the UK Cyber Security Council should produce cyber roles and the skills required in order to develop a framework to describe cyber roles and skills consistently. Job descriptions and adverts for cyber roles need to be clear and accessible, to ensure they are inclusive, and focused on aptitude and skills. The industry should support this by, providing information on the cyber roles and skills they require.

The full report is available from NCSC’s website.

UK Cyber Security Council open for memberships

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The UK Cyber Security Council, the self-regulatory body for the cyber security education and skills sector, has begun accepting applications from organisations for membership.

Any organisation with an interest in promoting, supporting and developing the cyber security profession is encouraged to apply.

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 its objectives around developing the profession.

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

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

“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”, added MacIntyre.

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

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