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Could a proposed UK Cyber Security Council be the key to tackling online threats?

Following the government’s announcement to create a professional body for addressing cyber-security, a number of the UK’s leading organisations have united to form a body that will progress cyber security standards, educate UK businesses on effective strategies and advise the government on forthcoming policies.

Cyber security council

The alliance consists of 15 UK organisations with a range of cross-sector expertise in cyber security. These organisations include, The Chartered Institute of IT, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and many other leading organisations from across various industries.

Due to the UK’s ever-growing dependence on the internet, it is now more vital than ever to ensure that UK organisations and businesses are adequately educated and prepared for the threat of cyber-attack, particularly in light of high profile cyber-attacks, such as last year’s NHS WannaCry hack.

A member of the newly-formed professional body, (ISC)2, has found in its Global Information Security Workforce Survey, that by 2022 there will be a global shortfall of cyber security experts amounting to a staggering 1.8 million, with 350,000 in Europe alone. Therefore, one of the key objectives for the alliance will be to ensure that the UK’s skills gap is resolved by creating a ‘self-sustaining pipeline of talent’.

How will the alliance tackle cyber issues?

Alongside a strategy to tackle cyber security skills shortages, the alliance has also agreed to:

  • Utilise the expertise of established UK cyber security professionals
  • Encourage and enable the development of specialist cyber security skills that respond to the evolving nature of cyber threats
  • Open a forum for the benchmarking and standard-setting of cyber security procedures
  • Advise, shape and inform national policy

The alliance has been formed at the same time that the government announced a consultation into their own proposals on the development of a UK cyber security profession that will run until the 31st August 2018. Find out more about the consultation here.

Here at MWL Systems, we ensure that our team is highly knowledgeable on cyber security and the risk of cyber attack. Ultimately this means continual training on the subject due to the ever-changing and adapting nature of both technology and cyber threats.

For clients, we implement the most effective cyber security procedures for their IT systems, so that their exposure to cyber attack is kept to a minimum. No two businesses are the same therefore we take the time to analyse and recommend the ideal security systems for each and every business. Speak to our team today to find out more about our IT security service.