CESG, part of GQHQ, has signed up BCS and APM group to provide a certification schemes for government information security professionals.
CESG is working with the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) towards appointing the organisation as a certification body, CESG said in a statement on Thursday.
"This is a major step forward in professionalising key information assurance roles needed by the public sector," Chris Ensor, head of profession for IA at CESG said in a statement. "This is an important development along the path of securing the UK against cyber attack and protecting government and individuals' data."
The schemes are part of wider government efforts to enhance information assurance (IA) skills in government departments and other parts of the public and private sectors.
CESG specified the framework for certification using the SFIA and IISP frameworks, BCS group product manager for professional and development services Tim Cardinal told ZDNet UK on Thursday. BCS is in the process of developing a certification scheme based on the CESG framework.
"BCS certification will be based on a mixture of exams, written pieces, and interviews," said Cardinal.
BCS will start a pilot scheme in October, with between 20 to 50 information security professionals, and the full scheme will become available in January 2012.