Issue: In recent years there has been a discussion about the development of the cyber security profession with concerns expressed both of its capacity, with a predicted global deficit of cyber professionals hitting 1.8m by 2022, and competence. Furthermore, the debate over what constitutes a “cyber professional” has been set against a long running conversation over standards, skills, required knowledge and professionalism.
That is why the Government, through the publication of the National Cyber Security Strategy, set out the objective to develop the cyber profession through, amongst other things, “achieving Royal Chartered status by 2020, reinforcing the recognised body of cyber security excellence within the industry and providing a focal point which can advise, shape and inform national policy”. It is important that these proposals are developed in conjunction with the cyber security sector.
As part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, various sectors have been tasked with assessing the need for a “sector deal” for their respective sectors. techUK, through the CGP, will lead this work for the cyber sector.
Required Activity: techUK will create a ‘Cyber Professional Body: Industry Working Group’ to ensure that the views of the cyber security sector are heard by Government as they develop plans and create the professional body. The Working Group will be responsible for writing policy papers on what industry would require from such a body.
techUK will also lead proposals on a sector deal for cyber security, primarily focused on IoT Security for Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
Required outcome: Government is informed by techUK members on the structure, role and governance of the proposed Professional Body. A sector deal is agreed for the cyber security sector.
Timescales: Throughout 2018.