Advisory boards have been established by (ISC)² to act as a resource for industry, government and special interest groups.

The information security professional body is spearheading the volunteer-led effort to address what it feels is a consultation gap in public policy development, and to enhance IS professionals' impact on broad efforts to protect society.

The European Advisory Board (EAB) will co-ordinate cyber security consultation and volunteer support from across the professional community for initiatives aimed at protecting against cyber crime; improving the public's ability to defend itself against cyber risks; and addressing the shortage of skilled professionals available to meet business and society's current and future IS requirements.

Talking to SC Magazine, John Colley, managing director EMEA at (ISC)² and co-chair of the EAB, said these initiatives are designed to enable members to become involved beyond their organisation and to look at the bigger academic picture.

He said: “In computer science degrees there is no modules in security, so these boards can champion how to get involved with academia.

“The structure will be projects at the bottom with specialist areas and an advisory board member responsible for reporting back. The Cyber Security Challenge is looking at the skills gap and resources, but we need more security in universities and more mentoring.

“This is giving us the skills and capability to engage our 12,000 members in EMEA to get involved with what is important.”

Karen Price OBE, chief executive of e-skills UK, said: “Ensuring that the UK has a workforce, from entry level right up to the board, that is aware of cyber security threats and able to tackle them is a real priority. We are committed to improving expertise across industry and collaborating with employers, training providers and organisations such as (ISC)² to achieve this.”