Professionalism in infosecurity key to UK cyber success, says GCHQ


Professionalism in infosecurity key to UK cyber success, says GCHQ

Warwick Ashford

Cyberspace presents an unprecedented opportunity to enhance the UK’s economic prosperity for the future, says Jonathan Hoyle, director general for government and industry cyber security at communications intelligence agency GCHQ.

Effective information security, underpinned by professionalisation and the continued growth of cyber skills in academia, will be a cornerstone for achieving success in this challenging technological environment, he told the 5th annual general meeting of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) in London.

“The IISP should be a key player in those initiatives with the IISP Skills Framework becoming the basis for the public sector standard,” he said.

John Meakin, BP’s director of digital security and chief information security officer, said BP recognises the critical role that truly professional infosecurity staff play in addressing the latest rapidly evolving cyber threats.

“Only through understanding the way business uses information and IT can we adequately protect the information against sophisticated, targeted threats, and that is why BP has integrated the IISP certification process into our IT professional skills and Licence to Work processes,” he said.

In September, a consortium appointed by CESG, the information assurance arm of GCHQ, was awarded a licence to issue the CESG Certified Professional Mark based on the IISP Skills Framework.

The IISP is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in 2006 as the professional institute for individuals and organisations for whom information security is a priority.

The IISP’s purpose is to advance professionalism for information security professionals and the industry as a whole, and to act as an accreditation authority for the industry. 

Since 2007 the IISP has offered professional accreditation through its associate and full membership levels, and also accredits individuals against the InfoSec Training Paths & Competencies (ITPC) scheme, which the IISP took over from the Cabinet Office in 2009.

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