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Not-for-Profit (NFP) Organisations


CREST is a not for profit organisation representing individuals and companies in the technical security market. It provides a rigorous assessment of member companies’ business process, data security, intrusion analysis and security testing methodologies. CREST member companies have a demonstrable level of assurance that their approach to the provision of technical security services is robust. Working for one of them provides opportunities for professional development and international work. If you are interested in a career in technical security please feel free to contact CREST.


(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with nearly 80,000 members in more than 135 countries, and about 12,000 in EMEA. Globally recognised as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP™) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP™),  and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP™) credentials. . (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information security topics (ISC)2 ,  regularly conducts research into workforce trends and  delivers a range of initiatives to make the online world a safer place. More information is available at www.isc2.org


e-skills UK is the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. We’re responsible for UK IT standards and qualifications. We cover software, internet, computer gaming, IT services, telecommunications and business change. We aim to Inspire future talent by motivating students to pursue IT-related careers and better prepare all young people for work in a technology-enabled world, support IT professionals by helping them develop world-class skills and Promote the benefits of IT to organisations and individuals across society.

Government Organisations


BIS has a lead role in relation to the requirement to ensure the growth of skills and expertise needed by the Government and industry in the cyber security field. This is not limited to technical expertise but encompasses wider skills or combinations of skills which may be required to meet current or future skills gaps. This work will need to develop and initiate remedies to any identified shortfalls through, for example, development of training, provision of accreditation or incentives, and the longer-term development of viable career paths, within and outside Government



Professional and Membership Organisations


BCS offers qualifications in all areas of IT - ranging from Professional IT qualifications for Career progression, to qualifications that provide IT skills for all, covering areas such as word processing, keyboarding skills, animation, and online safety. Our qualifications range from improving skills and confidence in the very basics of computer use, understanding digital media and social networking, through to flexible software qualifications that include project management, computerised accounting and websites. We are the exclusive awarding organisation for ECDL in the UK, coving widely used office based software. Our professional qualifications set international benchmarks of quality for all people within the IT profession.


IISP - Institute of Information Security Professionals – has membership grades from student member to full member, they also run the Government ITPC scheme and are one of the Certification Bodies for the CESG Certification for IA Specialists Full Membership of the Institute is becoming the internationally recognised professional standard qualification for information security professionals. Members will, therefore, gain the considerable support, benefits and status associated with belonging to this professional body. Members are from a diverse spectrum of sectors, including government, the corporate sector, industry and academia.

Academic Organisations