Set up a Cyber Security Council – Deadline: 28th February 2019

Over the past year and a half or so, NCSC has been supporting colleagues in DCMS with an initiative to develop the Cyber Security Profession. In December, DCMS issued a Request for Proposals to set up a new Cyber Security Council – the deadline for the submission of applications is 28 February 2019. On behalf of our DCMS colleagues, the remainder of this email provides background and details about the Request for Proposals.

The Government launched a consultation in July 2018 outlining proposals to develop the cyber security profession in the UK. The consultation ran for six weeks and we received over 300 responses.

Having carefully reviewed and analysed the responses, we consider 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 government response to the consultation, which was published on 21 December 2018, sets out in detail how the evidence received in the consultation has been considered.

The government response also sets out that, 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. We are therefore issuing the response 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 here.

The application window opened on 21 December 2018 and the deadline for applications is 16:00 on 28 February 2019. We may run briefing events in late January/early February for prospective bidders. If you are interested in attending, please notify the team at csprofession@culture.gov.uk and we will be in touch shortly with further detail.

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. There are a number of ways you can engage with the Strategy – you can find out more here. 

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