The government has launched the first-of-its-kind UK Cyber Security Council, a governing body which will offer support and guidance to workers looking to boost their careers in cyber security, and help organisations to recruit effectively to enhance their cyber capability.
To be formally launched on March 31, the UK Cyber Security Council will be the nations's first such governing body to be entrusted with the duty to establish standards and define career and learning paths for the cyber security sector.
As the sole governing voice for the cyber security industry, the Council will establish the knowledge, skills, and experience required for a range of cyber security jobs, giving existing and budding cyber security workers a clear roadmap for building a career in cyber security. It will also strive towards increasing the number of workers entering the cyber security sector every year and also ensuring diversity in the sector.
"Having spent many years in cyber security, I’m very aware of the excellent work done by many varied organisations – but I’m also conscious that the time for an umbrella organisation has come in order to drive the profession forward in a unified way," said UK Cyber Security Council Chair Dr. Claudia Natanson.
"It’s a privilege and a challenge to be part of the leadership of the Council, knowing that the future security and prosperity of the UK depends in part on the Council succeeding in its mission to develop the profession."
"he fact we are launching an independent professional body for cyber security shows just how vital this area has become – it makes a huge contribution to our thriving digital economy by safeguarding our critical national infrastructure, commerce and other online spaces," said Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman.
"The UK Cyber Security Council will ensure anyone interested in an exciting career tackling online threats has access to world-class training and guidance. It will also champion diversity and inclusion, driving up standards while helping the nation to build back better and safer."
The formation of the UK Cyber Security Council, primarily to boost the cyber security workforce in the UK, comes at a time when UK businesses across sectors and of all sizes are struggling to manage all of their cyber security needs due to the worsening skills gap.
Recently, a report from Tripwire revealed that a almost all organisations are struggling to manage all of their cybersecurity needs, 96% of them are struggling with staffing their security teams due to the critical skills gap, and IT security teams at 85% of organisations are already understaffed.
In a survey conducted by the firm, 68% of IT security professionals said they feared their organisation may lose the ability to stay on top of vulnerabilities, 60% feared they won't be able to identify and respond to issues in a timely manner and stay on top of emerging threats, and 53% feared they will lose their ability to manage and secure configurations properly.
Writing for TEISS, Kevin J Smith, Senior VP at Ivanti, said in order to cover for the critical skills gap, organisations need to work together and pool their resources to leverage the collective wisdom of the business and should encourage all employees to receive some technical training with the incentive of high-level career progression.
"If a cybersecurity team is having to deal with 10,000 security incidents, they are more likely to miss a data breach already in progress. However, if automated EDRS is dealing with the more trivial and common threats, the security team are able to better use their limited resources on proactively defending against, and defeating, the more complex, damaging threats.
"Ultimately, the digital skills gap issue cannot be solved in a day. There needs to be a structured plan in place that forces organisations to begin to change their internal cultures. Technical roles need to be seen as stepping stones to leadership, businesses need to diversify and make a conscious effort to attract women into digital teams, and organisations need to embrace the power of technology to help them succeed in our increasingly digital world," he added.