Consultation outcome

Developing the UK cyber security profession

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The Government launched a consultation on 19 July 2018 outlining proposals to develop the cyber security profession in the UK. This included a proposal to create a new, independent UK Cyber Security Council. The consultation ran for six weeks and closed on 31 August 2018. We received 307 responses from a wide range of respondents. We are extremely grateful to everyone who engaged with the consultation.

All suggestions and comments have been carefully reviewed and analysed by the Government in the development of this response. The Government considers that the consultation showed strong support for the main thrust of the proposals: which were to define a series of objectives for the profession to achieve and to create a new, independent UK Cyber Security Council to coordinate delivery. The response identifies where the consultation has helped refine and add an extra layer of granularity to the proposals.

In view of the level of support, we intend to proceed to identify a lead organisation to design and deliver the new UK Cyber Security Council. This Government response is therefore being issued alongside an invitation to apply for between £1m - £2.5m of Government funding to lead the work.

This is being issued as a competitive process. All proposals will be evaluated against published criteria and requirements, and an assessment will be made to select one successful proposal. The Guidance for Applicants and the Application Form are available to download on this page.

Application window extended to 29 March 2019

The application period for proposals to create a new UK Cyber Security Council opened on 21 December 2018. The closing date has now been EXTENDED until 17:00 on Friday 29 March 2019.

DCMS will hold a briefing session in February for interested parties. If you are interested in attending, contact the team by emailing csprofession@culture.gov.uk.

We intend to publish any frequently asked questions on the request for proposals process, including those from the briefing session, on this page by 15 February. If you have any other questions about the competition process, please contact the team by emailing csprofession@culture.gov.uk.

Establishing a new, independent UK Cyber Security Council is a key part of the Government’s new Initial Cyber Security Skills Strategy which is being published in parallel.

Original consultation

Summary

A consultation on creating the environment to develop the cyber security profession in the UK.

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Consultation description

Cyber security professionals in the UK are already among the best in the world, but the need to further develop the right skills, capabilities and professionalism to meet our national needs across the whole economy is increasingly important. In the National Cyber Security Strategy, published in 2016, the Government made a commitment to develop the cyber security profession in the UK. This consultation sets out bold and ambitious proposals to implement that. It includes a clear definition of objectives for the profession to achieve and proposes the creation of a new UK Cyber Security Council to coordinate delivery.

The specific aims for the consultation are to:

  • Summarise the Government’s understanding of the challenges facing the development of the cyber security profession;
  • Seek views on objectives for the profession to deliver by 2021 and beyond; and
  • Seek views on the creation of a new UK Cyber Security Council to help deliver those objectives.

Responses received will help the Government assess the support for these proposals and inform next steps.

How to respond

The full consultation document can be viewed or downloaded from this page. Please use the online portal to respond. In each section of the portal, there is a summary of the corresponding part of the full consultation document. The consultation closes at 17:00 on 31 August 2018.

For questions on how to respond, or engaging with the consultation process, please contact csprofession@culture.gov.uk. Responses to the consultation, or questions about the substance of the proposals, should be submitted through the online portal. We will not consider correspondence sent to the inbox as a response to the consultation.

Documents

Published 19 July 2018
Last updated 31 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. The application period for proposals to create a new UK Cyber Security Council has been extended from 28 February 2019 to 29 March 2019
  2. The consultation has now closed. Minor text updates have been made to the page.
  3. First published.