The public sector will benefit from a new range of certifications soon to be launched which will ensure those in information security jobs are working to the same standards as those in the private sector.
The government information assurance organisation, CESG, is endorsing the certifications and the team developing the accreditations include the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), the Royal Holloway College and the Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST).
People working within the public sector or on behalf of government bodies will have the ability to work towards a range of practitioner levels under the CESG Certified Professional Mark. With three grades of practitioner status available employees and contractors can achieve accreditation across six IT security jobs.
Currently people within the public sector arena gain qualification under the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme but there is no specific requirement for assessment of specialist skills and expertise. The General Manager at IISP, Amanda Finch commented:
“This new scheme gives employers more granularity and understanding of the skills the consultants are offering. Our processes are very challenging, and we are confident our scheme will identify people that are true professionals.”
With a well-respected Information Security Masters qualification, Royal Holloway, will manage the examination process and interviews. CREST will create the technical assessments in specialist areas such as network forensics and penetration testing.
Jobs in information security within the public sector are likely to increase with more instances of security breaches being reported. For those candidates looking at information security vacancies in the public sector achieving the appropriate accreditations once they have been launched will be key to success.