The UK Cyber Security Council has launched its first two initiatives as part of its remit to boost professional standards in the cyber industry.
The council, which started work as an independent body on March 31 2021, has invited 16 members of the Cyber Security Alliance to apply for a role in determining the terms of reference for two new committees: a Professional Standards & Ethics Committee and a Qualifications & Careers Committee. The Cyber Security Alliance is a group of organizations that the UK government established in 2019, from which the council was set up.
The two new committees will be involved in helping ensure a common set of standards are adopted throughout education and training interventions related to cybersecurity. This represents the first stage to provide a focal point through which industry and the professional landscape can advise, shape and inform national policy on cybersecurity professional standards.
The council added that while representatives of the Cyber Security Alliance will develop the terms of reference, the committees will be made up of members of the council. Membership is only open for expressions of interest at this stage, with the application process begins shortly, and new members join from September.
Additionally, the council has announced it will be working on an initial mapping of CyBOK’s Qualifications Framework onto a public-facing Career Pathways Framework.