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DCMS proposes new cyber security council in latest consultation

Consultation which advocates a bold and ambitious approach to creating the environment for, and accelerating the development of, the cyber security profession in the UK

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation project that it hopes will help it to develop the profession over the coming years and accelerate the the National Cyber Security Strategy.

The consultation document highlights plans to develop an independent UK Cyber Security Council that would have organisational rather than individual membership and be made up of existing professional bodies and other organisations with an interest in cyber security. It is intended to bring coherence to a broad range of specialisms or constituent organisations while allowing those specialisms to maintain their unique offerings. We
want to be clear that this is not about duplicating existing organisations, or expecting individuals to join an additional organisation.

It’s envisaged the Council would represents the breadth of the cyber security profession spanning academia, industry, government and existing professional bodies, and with geographical remit for the whole of the UK.

Additional plans outlined in the consultation include:

  • the development of royal chartered status for professionals in cyber security by the end of 2020
  • a framework for the alignment of career pathways
  • the drafting of a code of ethics by the end of 2019
  • and the setting up of a network of industry, government and education sector partner to run events to attract people into the profession.

Education focus

Part of this work includes surveys and interviews to understand the landscape and provision of cyber security courses and modules in further and higher education institutions. This will help to inform future Government policy.

The Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES) and the Cyber Security Team from Oxford University has been commissioned to carry out the survey fieldwork. This Government-funded research is taking place between June and August 2018. The Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES) will contact further and higher education institutions to participate in an online survey and interviews

Have your say

This consultation is an opportunity to help shape the future of the cyber security profession in the UK and anyone with an interest in cyber security in the UK is being encouraged to read and respond.

The consultation will be open until 31 August 2018 after which government will issue a response in the autumn.

The full consultation can be accessed here.

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