DCMS launches UK Cyber Security Council

9th February 2021

The government has set up a new independent body to boost career opportunities and professional standards for the UK’s booming cyber security sector.

The new DCMS-funded UK Cyber Security Council will provide a single governing voice for the industry to establish the knowledge, skills and experience required for a range of cyber security jobs, bringing it in line with other professions such as law, medicine and engineering.

The Council will boost skilled job prospects around the country by giving budding and existing workers a clear roadmap for building a career in cyber security and focus on increasing the number and diversity of people entering the profession. The body will work with training providers to accredit courses and qualifications, and give employers the information and confidence they need to recruit effectively to ensure their cyber capability.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman makes the announcement on Safer Internet Day which promotes more responsible use of online technology around the world and comes as the £8.3 billion cyber security sector continues to grow despite the pandemic and with it the demand for more talent, particularly from underrepresented groups.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:
"The UK Cyber Security Council will ensure anyone interested in an exciting career tackling online threats has access to world-class training and guidance. It will also champion diversity and inclusion, driving up standards while helping the nation to build back better and safer."

Discussing the Council and its goals, Amanda Finch, CEO, CIISec said
“It’s welcome to see the Government aiming to drive professionalism in the cyber security industry, as this has long been a goal of ours. The issues facing cyber security won’t be solved by any one organisation but needs the entire community to work together to face our challenges. We need an industry that not only attracts newcomers but supports and nurtures all in the profession with the skills, development and opportunities needed to have long fulfilling careers. 

Finch added "Doing this means understanding why people join the profession and their motivations. It also means addressing the challenges around diversity that every industry must overcome in the 21st century. The work of the Council aligns well with the work that CIISec has carried out for over a decade in supporting information security and cyber professionals with our frameworks and development and accreditation programmes.” 
 
The council has appointed its inaugural Board of Trustees to guide the organisation as it establishes itself over the coming years. This includes Chair, Dr. Claudia Natanson - a Global Cyber Security expert who was previously CSO at DWP, MD at BT Secure Business Service and CISO at Diageo Plc. Dr Natanson said: "Having spent many years in cyber security, I’m very aware of the excellent work done by many varied organisations – but I’m also conscious that the time for an umbrella organisation has come in order to drive the profession forward in a unified way."

The Council will be formally launched on March 31.