Information security will play a key part in enhancing the UK's economic prosperity, according to the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP).
Speaking at the IISP's 5th annual general meeting, GCHQ director general for government and cyber security Jonathan Hoyle said that effective information security, underpinned by professionalisation and the continued growth of cyber skills in academia, will be a cornerstone for achieving success in this challenging technological environment.
He also claimed that the IISP should be a key player in those initiatives with the IISP skills framework becoming the basis for the public sector standard.
Dr John Meakin, director of digital security and chief information security officer at BP, also announced that BP has integrated the IISP certification process into its IT professional skills and Licence to Work processes.
He saoid: “BP recognises the critical role that truly professional information security staff play in addressing the latest rapidly-evolving cyber threats. Only through understanding the way business uses information and IT can we adequately protect the information against sophisticated, targeted threats.”
The IISP also announced that three new board members have been elected to the IISP board of directors, with David Alexander, CTO at Regency IT Consulting, Andrea Simmons, head of policy and governance, Global at HP Enterprise Security Services and Piers Wilson, senior manager of OneSecurity Enterprise Security Architecture at PricewaterhouseCoopers all joining the board.
Chairman Dr Alastair MacWillson, treasurer Nick Seaver and Alan Stockey were all re-elected to the board.