Concluding a cyber security review – ‘Embedding Standards and Pathways Across the Cyber Profession by 2025’. The UK government has confirmed that it won’t be introducing cyber regulation.

The consultation which began in January 2022 and conducted by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), took place in partnership with the UK Cyber Security Council. The aim of the DCMS was to explore if there is a requirement for cyber regulation to support the council and whether chartered practitioners should be created and introduced on a voluntary or mandatory basis.

Cyber Regulation report outcome

Subsequently, most respondents opposed the idea of any intervention of cyber regulation practice. Instead, over the next three years the Cyber Security Council has pledged to introduce a new 16 cyber security specialism plan. It is anticipated that the plan will be compatible with existing standards but flexible enough to meet the cyber needs and support for UK organisations.

The 16 cyber security specialism plan includes the following objectives:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Incident Response
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Network Monitoring & Intrusion Detection
  • Security Testing
  • Data Protection & Privacy Management
  • Cryptography & Communications Security
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Secure Operations
  • Secure Development
  • Secure Architecture & Design
  • Cyber Security Risk Assessment & Management
  • Cyber Security Audit & Assurance
  • Cyber Security Control & Management
  • Cyber Security generalist

Simon Hepburn, CEO of the UK Cyber Security Council, commented on the report by saying, “With the government’s response to the consultation confirming a staged approach is preferred, through which the sector has the opportunity to collaborate in the development of a diverse, accessible and ethical profession, it’s now time for us all to work together to create an environment in which cyber expertise across the UK can really flourish,”.

Business response to implementing cyber security

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