CCP– Government Cyber Security Qualification Open to All

CESG - GCHQLaunched in October 2012 for those working on government networks, the CCP scheme recognises the expertise of those working in the information assurance and security sectors. The scheme has now been expanded to include those responsible for securing UK industry networks.

The CCP scheme is one of the initiatives outlined in the Government’s UK Cyber Security Strategy and plays a pivotal role in tackling cyber crime. The objective is to make the UK one of the most secure places to do business and to “help shape an open, vibrant and stable cyberspace that supports open societies”.

The full title of the qualification is CESG Certified Professional. CESG is the information security arm of GCHQ. There are three certification bodies; they include the BCS (British Computer Society) and APM Group (also responsible for PRINCE2, MSP and ITIL).

Nearly 700 security professionals have been accredited so far. Candidates can achieve practitioner, senior practitioner and lead practitioner status across six key roles. Certifications are valid for 3 years.

For all the roles at Practitioner level, a pass in the BCS Certificate in Information Security Management Principles examination is required. Alternatively a range of equivalent qualifications are recognised as pre-requisites. In addition the qualification process involves a detailed written submission and a face to face interview.

Focus has launched a series of Information Assurance (IA) training courses in London and Manchester  which will support those looking to achieve certification.

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