UK cyber security community

The cyber security (or information assurance) community in the United Kingdom is diverse, with many stakeholders groups contributing to support the UK Cyber Security Strategy.[1] The following is a list of some of these stakeholders.


According to a parliamentary committee the UK government is not doing enough to protect the nation against cyber attack.[2]

Cyber AwareEdit

Cyber Aware is a cross-government awareness and behaviour campaign which provides advice on the simple measures individuals can take to protect themselves from cyber crime.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and SportEdit

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is one of the lead government departments on cyber security policy, responsible for supporting & promoting the UK cyber security sector, promoting cyber security research and innovation, and working with the National Cyber Security Centre to help ensure all UK organisations are secure online and resilient to cyber threats.

Get Safe OnlineEdit

Get Safe Online is a United Kingdom-based campaign and national initiative to teach citizens about basic computer security and internet privacy.

National Crime Agency (NCA)Edit

The National Crime Agency (NCA) hosts the law enforcement cyber crime unit, incorporating the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

National Cyber Security CentreEdit

The National Cyber Security Centre is the UK’s authority on cyber security; its parent organisation is GCHQ. It absorbed and replaced CESG (the information security arm of GCHQ) as well as the Centre for Cyber Assessment (CCA), Computer Emergency Response Team UK (CERT UK) and the cyber-related responsibilities of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).[3] NCSC provides advice and support for the public and private sector in how to avoid cyber threats.[4]

CESG (originally Communications-Electronics Security Group) was a branch of GCHQ which worked to secure the communications and information systems of the government and critical parts of UK national infrastructure. The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) provided protective security advice to businesses and organisations across the national infrastructure.

National Security CouncilEdit

The National Security Council is a Cabinet committee tasked with overseeing all issues related to national security, intelligence coordination, and defence strategy.

Office of Cyber Security and Information AssuranceEdit

The Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA) supports the Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP and the National Security Council in determining priorities in relation to securing cyberspace. The unit provides strategic direction and coordinates action relating to enhancing cyber security and information assurance in the UK. The OCSIA is headed by James Quinault.[5]

Trustworthy Software InitiativeEdit

The Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI)[6] is a UK public good activity, sponsored[7] by the UK government's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, aimed at 'making software better'.

Warning, Advice and Reporting Points (WARPs)Edit

Warning, Advice and Reporting Points (WARPs) provide a trusted environment where members of a community can share problems and solutions.[8]

Professional bodies and industry groupsEdit

UK Cyber Security ForumEdit

The UK Cyber Security Forum is a social enterprise representing cyber SME's (Small and Medium Enterprise) in the UK. The forum is composed of 20 regional cyber clusters around the UK. Each cluster is run as a subsidiary of the UK Cyber Security Forum and all are operated by groups of volunteers. They provide events around the UK to engage the public in cyber security and to provide continued professional development to cyber professionals. The official clusters are:

UK Cyber Clusters
Bristol and Bath Cyber
Bournemouth Cyber Cluster
Cambridge Cluster
East Midlands
Malvern Cluster
Norfolk Cyber Cluster
North East Cyber Cluster
North Wales
North West Cluster
N Somerset Cluster
Scottish Cyber Cluster
Solent Cyber Cluster
South Wales
South West Cyber Cluster (Exeter)
Sussex Cluster
Thames Valley Cluster
West Midlands Cluster
Yorkshire Cluster


ADS is a trade organisation for companies operating in the UK aerospace, defence, security and space industries.[9]

Business Continuity Institute (BCI)Edit

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to enable individual members to obtain guidance and support from fellow business continuity practitioners.

Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST)Edit

Not for profit accreditation and certification organisation. [10]

Crypto Developers ForumEdit

The CDF promotes the global interests of the UK crypto development industry.[11]

Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC)Edit

The Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) works across industry, government and academia towards ensuring the UK’s information society has a robust, resilient and secure foundation.[12] The IAAC was set up by Baroness Neville-Jones who chaired the organisation until 2007,[13] handing over to the current chairman Sir Edmund Burton. Affiliates include BT Group, Northrop Grumman, QinetiQ, Raytheon, PwC, O2 UK, Ultra Electronics and GlaxoSmithKline.[14] The 2012/13 work programme focused on consumerisation and its effects on information assurance.

Information Assurance Collaboration Group (IACG)Edit

The IACG was formed following the UK's national IA conference in 2006.[15] The IACG encourages greater collaboration between the commercial supply base for information assurance products and services operating within the UK public sector.[16] Stakeholders include CESG, BIS, the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA), Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC),[17] and the CPNI. The group maintains the UK information assurance community map,[18] hosted on the CESG's web site. It has two co-chairs: Colin Robbins of Nexor and Ross Parsell of Thales. The IACG ceased operation in 2014.

Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)Edit

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit, international professional organization of information security professionals and practitioners. There is a UK chapter.[19]

Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP)Edit

The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) is an independent, non-profit body governed by its members, with the principal objective of advancing the professionalism of information security practitioners and thereby the professionalism of the industry as a whole.


ISACA is an international professional association that deals with IT governance. Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.


(ISC)² is the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium is a non-profit organization which specializes in information security education and certifications.


NDI is a former government-funded organisation building supply chains for the MOD and manufacturers using SMEs in the United Kingdom.[20]


TechUK, formerly known as Intellect, is a UK trade association for the technology industry.[21] It has a Cyber Security Group focused on “high threat” areas – including defence, national security and resilience, protection of critical national infrastructure, intelligence, and organised crime, chaired by Dr Andrew Rogoyski of Roke Manor Research.[22] The Security and Resilience Group works to build relationships between the technology industry and policymakers, customers and end users, and is chaired by Stephen Kingan of Nexor.[23]


Tigerscheme is a commercial certification scheme for technical security specialists, backed by university standards and covering a wide range of expertise.[24]

Tigerscheme is CESG certified in the UK and candidates are subject to an independent rigorous academic assessment authority. Tigerscheme was founded in 2007 on the principle that a commercial certification scheme run on independent lines would give buyers of security testing services confidence that they were hiring a recognised and reputable company. In June 2014 the operational authority for Tigerscheme was transferred to USW Commercial Services Ltd.

UK Council for Electronic BusinessEdit

UKCeB is a not-for-profit, membership organisation whose mission is to transform secure information sharing for through life collaboration in defence acquisition and support.[25]

British Computer Society (BCS)Edit

The British Computer Society (BCS) is a professional body and a learned society that represents those working in information technology both in the United Kingdom and internationally. It has a security, data and privacy group.[26]

Cyber SchemeEdit

The Cyber Scheme is a not for profit professional examination body under contract to the National Cyber Security Centre to provide technical exams in support of the Governments assured Penetration testing company scheme CHECK. The exams are independent and rigorous and are conducted for Practitioner Team member level and Team leader levels.


Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security ResearchEdit

GCHQ has accredited several Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research:[27]

These accreditations expire in July 2017; results of the re-accreditation process are expected in mid February 2017.

University of South Wales Information Security Research GroupEdit

The Information Security Research Group (ISRG) at the University of South Wales is a multidisciplinary team of academics and industrial experts focusing upon cyber security.[28]

In particular the group is focusing upon:

  • Network security
  • Intrusion detection and wireless security
  • Penetration testing and vulnerability assessment
  • Computer forensics and digital evidence visualisation
  • Threat assessment and risk management

De Montfort University Cyber Security CentreEdit

The Cyber Security Centre (CSC) at De Montfort University is a multidisciplinary group of academics who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. The Centre's mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.[29]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "UK Cyber Security Strategy".
  2. ^ UK 'wholly' unprepared to stop devastating cyber-attack, MPs warn The Guardian
  3. ^ "About us". National Cyber Security Centre. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  4. ^ HM Government (1 November 2016). "National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021" (PDF). Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  5. ^ "OCSIA".
  6. ^ UK Trustworthy Software Initiative, retrieved 4 January 2014
  7. ^ Protecting and promoting the UK in a digital world: 2 years on – Government Press Release, retrieved 12 December 2013
  8. ^ "WARP".
  9. ^ "ADS".
  10. ^
  11. ^ "CDF".
  12. ^ "IAAC".
  13. ^ "IAAC - Neville-Jones".
  14. ^ "IAAC Sponsors".
  15. ^ "Establishment of the IACG". National Archives. Archived from the original on 2008-03-05.
  16. ^ "IACG Overview".
  17. ^ "CSOC".
  18. ^ "IA Community Map" (PDF).
  19. ^ "ISSA UK".
  20. ^ "NDI UK".
  21. ^ "techUK".
  22. ^ "Intellect Cyber Security".
  23. ^ "Intellect Defence & Security".
  24. ^
  25. ^ "UK CeB".
  26. ^ "BCS Security".
  27. ^ "Academic Centers of Excellence". CESG.
  28. ^ "ISRG".
  29. ^ "DeMontFort Cyber Security Centre".