CESG Certified Scheme extended to multiple countries
CESG Certified Professional (CCP) scheme offered outside of the UK for the first time to drive up skills of cyber security professionals
APMG International is working with CESG to deliver its cyber security competency scheme for Information Assurance (IA) professionals in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This is a pilot which offers new opportunities for IA professionals in these countries to have their expertise in cyber security assessed against CESG standards.
Two roles are being offered as part of the pilot – Security and Information Risk Advisor (SIRA) and IA Architect – at three levels of competency; Practitioner, Senior Practitioner, and Lead Practitioner. The entire APMG application process is managed and delivered online via a secure administrative system.
CCP has been developed as part of the UK Government’s Cyber Security Strategy to address the growing need for appropriately-skilled specialists within the cyber security profession, and to raise levels of professionalism in IA. Certification allows cyber security professionals to prove their competency, establishes a learning pathway where higher skill levels can be achieved, and provides assurance to employers that their staff have the correct skill sets for specific roles. Since its launch in 2012, CCP has built a community of recognized cyber security professionals in both the UK public and private sectors with circa 1200 individuals achieving the certification.
Chris Ensor, Deputy Director, National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, GCHQ, commented:
“It’s nearly 3 years since CCP was launched and I am really pleased and proud to have seen it flourish over that time. First of all we offered CCP to the UK public sector, then to the UK private sector and now we are supporting APMG and BCS to expand it beyond the UK. We are delighted to see CCP being taken to these new markets which should enhance its appeal to industry.”
Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG International, added: “CESG has a world-leading pedigree in cyber security and this pilot offers cyber security professionals in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand the unique opportunity to measure their credentials against the CESG best practice framework. CCP has been developed as part of a comprehensive learning pathway for the cyber security profession, helping IA professionals to be assessed and enhance their worth in the labour market by demonstrating their core competencies to prospective employers. It also helps employers of cyber security professionals to make informed choices when selecting staff and training, ensuring they employ the best qualified people for the job.”
The pilot is now live and is being run until 31st March 2016.