The Collaborative Alliance to Develop New Cybersecurity Council and Professional Recognition as part of the UK’s National Cybersecurity Strategy

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UK Cybersecurity(ISC)² is a member of The Collaborative Alliance for Cybersecurity, a consortium of organisations that represent a substantial part of the cybersecurity community in the UK. As part of the Alliance, we will be participating in the design and delivery of the new UK Cyber Security Council on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). The Alliance, with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) nominated as lead organisation, was selected following a competitive grant competition by DCMS.

The Collaborative Alliance for Cybersecurity brings stakeholders together in the interest of advancing a healthy cybersecurity workforce for the UK, from the development of professional recognition to the collaboration around acknowledged priorities to move this workforce forward. The Alliance was formally established in July 2018 by independent, nonprofit organisations, several of which operate under a Royal Charter granted through the Privy Council, and some of which are able to grant chartered status within their discipline. The Alliance harnesses a broad perspective on professional priorities drawn from its members involvement in academia, advocacy, certification and professional development.

The Alliance members include:

The UK Cyber Security Council will work in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will be developed with broad representation and will be tasked to support the Government’s National Cyber Security Skills Strategy by providing recognition across the practicing community, while enhancing standards and thought leadership for the future.

“The formation of a UK Cybersecurity Council is an important strategic development that displays the UK’s commitment to professionalise the industry in the UK.  We are excited to be a part of this development and as a Member of the Collaborative Alliance we will ensure that our association members have the opportunity for their voices to be heard in the formation of a UK Cybersecurity Council,” said Deshini Newman, managing director EMEA, (ISC)².