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UK Cyber Security Council welcomes government response to key consultation

June 22, 2022


The UK Cyber Security Council (UKCSC) has welcomed the government’s response to a major industry consultation carried out by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) earlier this year.

The DCMS published ‘Embedding Standards and Pathways Across the Cyber Profession by 2025’ following the eight week engagement with industry, academia and the wider UK business and public sector.

The government said no regulation will be introduced but will continue to do all it can to provide support to the UKCSC and engage with regulators and industry.

The DCMS consulted on whether there was a requirement for regulation to be introduced to support the UKCSC as it introduces new chartered standards for the industry.

It also considered whether a register for chartered practitioners should be created and, if so, whether this register should be voluntary or mandatory.

Between now and 2025, the council is introducing chartered standards that align with 16 cyber security specialisms.

The government will track the adoption of council standards and continue to assess whether regulatory intervention is needed to further support levels of uptake.

In relation to creating a register for cyber security practitioners who meet the council’s professional standards, the Council will create a voluntary register listing individuals accredited as associate, principal and chartered level.

Speaking in response to the outcome of the consultation, Simon Hepburn, the CEO of the UK Cyber Security Council, said the consultation had been “tremendously helpful” in identifying industry challenges.

He added: “I welcome the government’s response to the consultation and I would like once again to thank all of those who contributed their views.

“The response allows the Council to take the lead in working with key stakeholders to achieve the aim, set out in the National Cyber Strategy, of creating a world class, diverse cyber security profession.

“The consultation itself was tremendously helpful in identifying the key challenges faced by stakeholders and has enabled us to create solutions to help address these.

“Observations were rightly raised about the complex nature of career routes into cyber security; the myriad of cyber qualifications, certifications and degree standards which exist without any uniform equivalency; and the challenges this creates for employers when it comes to assessing candidate suitability.

“By introducing universal chartered professional standards aligned to 16 recognised cyber security specialisms and working with awarding bodies to align these to existing qualifications, we are confident we can create the clear framework needed to ensure the UK cultivates a world leading cyber sector.

“And by creating a voluntary register of cyber security practitioners holding our professional standards, we will help build further recognition, confidence and clarity across the industry – for both employers and employees.

“With the government’s response to the consultation confirming a staged approach is preferred, through which the sector has the opportunity to collaborate in the development of a diverse, accessible and ethical profession, it’s now time for us all to work together to create an environment in which cyber expertise across the UK can really flourish.”

The UK Cyber Security Council will be holding two webinars discussing the government’s response to the consultation.

The webinars will provide an opportunity to discuss, ask questions and share views on the government’s response to the consultation, with speakers Simon Hepburn, CEO of the Council, and Andrew Elliot, Deputy Director for Cyber Innovation and Skills at DCMS, in attendance.

The first, which will be open to UK Cyber Security Council members will take place at 4pm on 4 July. Members can register by emailing: [email protected]

The second, which will be open to anyone that wishes to attend, will take place at 10am on 12 July.

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