CESG Certified Professional scheme extended overseas

The cyber-security competency scheme developed by CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ, is being made available overseas for the first time.

The scheme will be delivered by APMG International on behalf of CESG to professionals in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The pilot scheme, which will run until April 2016, offers opportunities for 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.

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, around 1200 individuals have achieved the certification.

Chris Ensor, deputy director, National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, GCHQ, commented: “It's nearly three 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.”

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