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Thursday 23 June 2022

UK Government opts against regulation for new cyber security standards

UK Cyber security councilCybersecurity expertise is in high demand, with an annual shortfall in the number of required security professionals. The cyber profession is also complex and difficult to navigate and career pathways are not always entirely clear. We increasingly see companies investing in a variety of ways to help fill the skills gap such as the recent announcement of a new Cyber Innovation hub in Wales.

To help promote cyber security skill development, the UK government announced back in May that the UK Cybersecurity Council, the first of its kind globally, will take over setting new chartered standards, as well as aligning with the existing Cyber Certified Professional (CCP) scheme, which it has also taken responsibility for. The aim of which is to create clearer paths for those interested in joining the profession and make it easier for employers to identify suitably qualified personnel. The Council will act as an overarching organisation which sets and oversees standards, against which education and training solutions can be benchmarked.

In conjunction with this, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been running a consultation in partnership with the UK Cybersecurity Council for 8 weeks to determine if further regulation or government intervention was required. The results of that consultation have been a decision to not introduce regulations with fears they would exacerbate the current shortage and introduce barriers to entry. The consultation engaged with key stakeholders across industry, academia, and the wider UK business and public sector

Between now and 2025, the Cyber Security Council will introduce chartered standards that have been designed to align with 16 cyber security specialisms. The Government will then track its adoption and continue to assess whether regulatory intervention is required to support uptake. As part of these plans, the Council will create a voluntary register that lists individuals accredited as either associate, principal, and chartered level.

Posted by: Simon Baxter at 09:27

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