Today, what was the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) has become the Chartered Institute of Information Security Professionals, following confirmation of its Royal Charter status. As the only chartered institute focused solely on cyber-security the institute says that it: "becomes the authoritative body for the industry and can further its mission of serving cyber-security professionals by setting standards for skills recognition and career development."
Dr Alastair MacWillson, chair of the Chartered Institute of Information Security Professionals issued a statement saying: "As the cyber-security industry continues to grow, professionalisation has to be central to its agenda, and the institute’s Chartered status will be a key component driving this forward. The institute has spent over a decade using uniquely developed frameworks to set standards for skills, experience and roles across the profession and it’s hugely encouraging to see these standards and processes validated by Charter incorporation. With this new status, we look forward to welcoming new members and to becoming the recognised gold standard for cyber-security in the UK."
Dr Alastair MacWillson
The move is seen as enhancing the organisation’s ability to develop high professional standards for practitioners in the UK and, looking forwards, overseas. It believes that it will also encourage the standardisation of security skills, roles and education by removing complexity and confusion and providing the profession with essential guidance in being able to identify and recognise qualified practitioners.
MacWillson concludes: "Chartered status will also empower us to support critical efforts towards solving the cyber-security skills gap. For instance, the industry needs to put more effort into encouraging a more diverse range of applicants to seek employment in the profession, and work with academia to attract young people to begin careers in the industry."
The Chartered Institute of Information Security Professionals is holding its congress, IISP Live, on 11th July in Birmingham https://www.iisp.org/Live/Home/Live/Home.aspx?hkey=ec521fc9-1827-4990-aeb9-f95dbc8bec46