BCS Young Professional Information Security Group

April 2010

security - change to diskClose up of a hard disk driveAre you seeking a career in information security, or have you considered retraining? Have you identified a job that you want to do - like penetration testing, or cybercrime forensics - but don't know what skills are required? Or have you read an information security degree at university and now struggle to enter this competitive market?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you'll want to know more about the new Young Professional's Information Security Group that the BCS is launching. We're going to be dedicated to providing young professionals with the tools that they need to carve out a career path in this exciting yet competitive sector.

Our group will create a network of information security experts from leading security companies that you'll be able to tap into to help you to get that elusive job. Along the way we'll be hosting a series of training and development events in a variety of different areas. Not only will we be running programmes for you, but we'll also be working with industry and academia to help define exactly what skills are needed and help improve the quality of university and training courses.

Our events will initially be held in London (with access to them online), but as we grow we aim to provide events all around the country and abroad.

So who are we?

We are a group of volunteers with the BCS who are either in the early years of our IS careers or are trying to break into the sector - and we need some of you to join us. We are after a team of dedicated young professionals to help deliver our aims and objectives.

We have a huge variety of work available, ranging from short-term projects to long-term committee posts. If you join us and spend some of your own time volunteering then not only do you immediately get access to the professionals network, but you demonstrate that you are the sort of individual who is prepared to work hard to get the job they want - and this is exactly what employers want.

If you're interested contact the YPISG committee chair Mike Westmacott at mike.westmacott@bcs.org. We will meet regularly in London, but will always have teleconferencing facilities available and welcome volunteers from around the country.

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  • 1
    Gwen wrote on 29th Apr 2010


    How can students who are transferring skills benefit ?
    Don't you know any programme similar like YPISG for them. I am really interested.

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    Vidya wrote on 10th May 2010

    its a great job. Am very keen about it myself. looking forward to get more info.
    Thumps up to u z group

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    Jonathan Haddock MBCS wrote on 23rd Oct 2010

    In response to Gwen's question, one of the aims of the group was to guide those that wish to begin an infosec career to the right places to get more information. We're working on a number of plans at the moment so watch this space!

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    Ronald Edema wrote on 4th Feb 2011

    Thanks to everyone for a fantastic event with great speakers on the 3.2.11. Really enjoyed it and looking forward to the next one. Special thank you to Mike Westmacott.orkmuni

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