As a member of the UK Cyber Security Council, BCS works alongside government and other professional bodies to increase public trust and shape standards in this critical field.

The UK government is currently consulting on regulating the professional standards of practice and competency in cyber security through legislation. The government recognises that its previous approach is not delivering the requisite change quickly enough.

The top three key actions the UK Government is taking as a result of the review:

Strengthening UK cyber legislation, in particular through the Network and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations, to ensure organisations take appropriate action to secure their services

Identifying ways in which it can mandate large companies to appropriately assess and address the cyber risks they face

Embedding clear professional standards and pathways developed by the UK Cyber Security Council (UKCSC) as the professional authority

BCS cyber security position

BCS recommends that cyber security practitioners along with other information technology professionals in responsible roles should be professionally registered, and whenever possible hold an approved Chartered designation.

This includes specialisms such as data science, artificial intelligence, software engineering and health informatics. Standards of professionalism in such strategically essential information technology specialisms need to be supported and recognised by government to at least the same extent as cyber security.

Consultation response

BCS worked with members to respond to the government consultation 'Embedding standards and pathways across the cyber profession by 2025'. We recommended professional registration and, where possible, approved chartered designation of cyber security practitioners and other IT professionals in responsible roles.

Embedding standards and pathways across the cyber profession by 2025 
Embedding standards and pathways across the cyber profession by 2025 (Full version - PDF)

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