Security professional body blueprint released

Proposals to create a professional institution to raise standards in IT security moved a step forward this week after working groups released detailed blueprints for the new organisation.

Proposals to create a professional institution to raise standards in IT security moved a step forward this week after working groups released detailed blueprints for the new organisation.

The proposed Institute for Information Security Professionals has won support from some of the UK's largest firms, including BP, BT and the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the DTI.

Plans for the organisation, published this week, lay down detailed terms of reference for the new body, a code of ethics, plans for continuing professional development and a common body of knowledge for IT security professionals.

The blueprint has been created by leading security professionals from industry and academia, co-ordinated by Fred Piper, professor of information security at the University of London.

"We are looking for support from government and industry, confirmation from potential members that they think it is worth joining," he said.

The blueprint concludes that demand for a professional body for security staff is high, but that none of the existing professional bodies provides the full support needed. The group plans to approach organisations including the BCS, the security body ISC2, and the Institute for Electrical Engineers as potential partners.

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