An industry-backed institute for IT security professionals plans to offer members mentoring programmes, a professional journal, and a skills assessment programme when it launches formally next year.
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The Institute for Information Security Professionals, which has been developed by IT security staff from leading firms and the public sector, aims to raise professional standards in the field.
The institute, which expects to take on its first members in January, has won backing from some of the UK's largest firms, including BP, BT, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the DTI.
It aims to raise standards by defining a minimum body of knowledge for security professionals, accrediting security qualifications, and asking members to sign up to a code of ethics.
A mentoring programme will be tested over the coming months at BP and other large firms, before being made available more widely next year.