CESG appoints security skills certification bodies

A government scheme to accredit public sector IT security professionals has got a boost — the technical assurance arm of GCHQ has appointed three more organisations to provide certification for UK government information assurance professionals.

A government scheme to accredit public sector IT security professionals has got a boost — the technical assurance arm of GCHQ has appointed three more organisations to provide certification for UK government information assurance professionals.

The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), the Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers (Crest) and Royal Holloway's Information Security Group (ISG) can now test competencies, knowledge and skills required for specialist public sector information assurance (IA) roles.

"CESG looks forward to continuing close co-operation with the IISP, Crest and Royal Holloway in delivering this IA Certification Service," Chris Ensor, CESG head of profession for IA, said in a statement on Thursday.

The three organisations join BCS and APM Group in providing accreditation. Government employees and consultants can be tested to three grades: 'practitioner', 'senior practitioner' and 'lead practitioner'. The skills sets people can be accredited on are: security and information risk advisor, IA accreditor, IA security architect, IA auditor, IT security officer and communications security officer.

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