UK Cyber Security Council opens membership applications

Member organisations able to make committee nominations as Council prepares to commence activities and develop the profession

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.

Membership Benefits

Exclusive events and preferential rates

Benefit from attendance at exclusive events for Members, complete with guest speakers delivering keynotes on key industry topics and trends. Participate as delegates, presenters or sponsors, and enjoy preferential rates at partner events, including some of the UK’s largest.

Direct links to Government

The Council was commissioned by the UK Government, which continues to support and promotes the Council’s work. The Government’s approach – to supporting innovation within the industry – is at the very heart of Members’ project work, which provides Members with pivotal industry positions.

Market research

Unique, member-driven/sponsored, academic-practitioner perspective, with strong UK Government support, provides Members with holistic sector-knowledge across the UK and further. Members are truly recognised as ‘thought-leaders’.

Recognised Quality Standard

The Council is co-developing industry standards and codes of ethics for the cyber security profession, and is codifying qualifications, professional attainment and roles. Members conforming to these standards will be recognised as among the very best the industry has to offer, able to proudly display the Council’s logo.

Key Publications and Policies

Publications on the cyber security market, the cyber security industry and even cutting-edge cyber security research are not just available to Members, they are co-developed by all Members.

Studies will be led by key industry figures, who will seek out Members’ views and opinions and feed them back to the UK Government’s policy work.

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”, explained 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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