UK government and private sector information security professionals are to have a common competency accreditation from 2009.
The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) will take over the accreditation phase of the government's in-house Infosec Training Paths and Competencies (ITPC) scheme in April.
The Cabinet Office is preparing to hand over the accreditation process to the IISP, which has developed a competency assessment that goes beyond the ITPC scheme.
This will standardise competency accreditation across the public and private sectors and allow for greater interchange of people and ideas, said Paul Dorey, chairman of the IISP.
"The more we harmonise the different ways of accrediting professionals and bring together their application of knowledge, the more clarity we get about what can be expected of them," he said.
The common accreditation process will also open the way for security professionals in the public sector to become associates and later full members of the IISP.
The move will enable public sector information security professionals to benchmark themselves against a broader community, said Dorey.
"This will help bring their competency level in line with the best in the industry as well as support competency development that should be applicable to any Infosec professional," he said.