About The Institute
The Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) was the first cyber and information security institution to be granted Royal Charter status and is dedicated to continuously raising standards in the profession. CIISec provides a universally accepted focal point for the cyber and information security profession. It is an independent not-for-profit body governed by its members. It is the natural home for the cyber professional community at every career stage, representing over 35,000 individuals. This is achieved through having programmes that support Development, Recognition and Success.
Our Principal Objectives
Representing professionalism, integrity and excellence within cyber and information security.
To promote, for the public benefit, the advancment and dissemination of knowledge in the field of cyber and information security
To develop high ethical standards for practitioners in cyber and information security and to promote professional standards in the UK and overseas
To act as an authoritative body for the purpose of consultation and research in matters of education or public interest concerning cyber and information security
From this in 2007 our first Skills Framework was devised to measure skills and competency in cyber security. From here the Skills Framework was used to accredit our growing membership as we worked alongside our Corporate members, Academia and Government. With over a decade of accredited individuals and benchmarking the profession we grew to represent over 8,000 individuals in the cyber security industry.
Elevating Cyber Security Through People, Processes and Training
At CIISec, we recognise that cyber and information security is not just about technology – it’s about the core of your business. We are here to help organisations transform security into a strategic concern by placing people and processes at the heart of cyber and information security.
Empowering Professionals for Modern Cyber Threats
CIISec is dedicated to empowering security professionals with the skills they need to navigate modern cyber threats throughout their careers. Our comprehensive guidance, resources and accreditation ensures that individuals, whether seasoned experts or newcomers to the industry, are equipped with the right skills and knowledge.
CIISec’s framework-based approach is the cornerstone of excellence in cyber security practices. Our frameworks, developed in collaboration with industry, government and academia, set the standards for skills, experience, and knowledge. The CIISec Skills Framework, widely recognised as the industry standard, enables professionals to validate their competency.
Strengthening Cyber Security Together
CIISec is your partner in elevating cyber security to a strategic concern, ensuring that your organisation is equipped to address challenges with confidence. By fostering professional empowerment, promoting best practices through frameworks. We are dedicated to strengthening the security landscape in collaboration with you.
Over a Decade of Commitment
CIISec has been unwavering in our commitment to enhancing cyber and information security competency. Our frameworks, born from industry collaboration, have gained acclaim and acceptance.
CIISec is recognised as one of the foremost global institutions in the area of information security. Learning and raising professional standards is what CIISec is all about and having been recognised in this way aligns my own professional journey with the values of CIISec.
As our world moves more and more online the risk of individuals and companies being impacted by a cyber incident has grown exponentially. To better mitigate this risk we need more information security professionals and at CIISec we aim to provide a skills framework and accreditations for people, either in the profession, or looking to get into the profession. We provide a home for people interested in or already working in cyber from the classroom to the boardroom.
Our Royal Charter
Queen Elizabeth graciously granted the Chartered Institute of Information Security a Royal Charter of Incorporation at the Privy Council meeting on Wednesday 12th December 2018.
A Royal Charter is an instrument of incorporation, granted by Queen Elizabeth, which confers independent legal personality on an organisation and defines its objectives, constitution and powers to govern its own affairs. Incorporation by Charter is a prestigious way of acquiring legal personality and reflects the high status of that body. Charters are granted rarely, and a body applying for a Charter would normally be expected to demonstrably meet several criteria, regarding its reputation, its standing and its contribution to the profession. CIISec meets those criteria, which reflects how strong and respected our membership is in the professional community and the influence we bring to bear in shaping the information security profession.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM is an opportunity for all members to help to influence the future of CIISec. It is the perfect occasion for the CIISec Chairperson to update attendees on the initiatives that have been taken forward from the previous year and the visions for the coming year. There will be an opportunity for discussion and networking and of course no AGM would be complete without the annual update from the Treasurer.
The AGM is also where new board members will be elected, following voting by Full and Fellow members leading up to the meeting.
It should be noted that non-members are not eligible to attend the CIISec AGM.