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UK cyber competency scheme now available to Kiwis

NEWS: NZ Security, October 2015

APMG International is working with CESG, the Information Security arm of GCHQ (UK Government Communications Headquarters), to deliver its cyber security competency scheme for Information Assurance (IA) professionals in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for the first time.

This pilot offers new opportunities for IA professionals in New Zealand 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 APMG application process is managed and delivered securely online.

CCP has been developed as part of the UK Government’s Cyber Security Strategy to address the growing need for skilled specialists within the cyber security profession, and to raise levels of professionalism in IA. Certification allows cyber security professionals to evidence their competency. It also establishes a learning pathway for gaining higher skill levels, and provides assurance to employers that their staff have the correct skill sets for specific roles.

Since its launch in 2012, CCP has established a community of recognised cyber security professionals in the UK public and private sectors with around 1,200 individuals achieving the certification.

“It’s nearly 3 years since CCP was launched and I am really pleased and proud to have seen it flourish over that time,” stated Chris Ensor, Deputy Director, National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, GCHQ. “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.”

According to Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG International, “CESG has a world-leading pedigree in cyber security and this pilot offers cyber security professionals in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand the unique opportunity to measure their credentials against the CESG best practice framework. CCP has been developed as part of a comprehensive learning pathway for the cyber security profession, helping IA professionals to be assessed and enhance their worth in the labour market by demonstrating their core competencies to prospective employers.

“It also helps employers of cyber security professionals to make informed choices when selecting staff and training, ensuring they employ the best qualified people for the job,” he said.

The pilot is now live and is being run until 31st March 2016.

For more information about CCP, visit: products/ccp-cesg-certified-professional

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International standard: Two roles offered as part of the pilot – Security and Information Risk Advisor (SIRA) and IA Architect.

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