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Cyber association recognised by HMRC as Approved Professional Organisation

by Brian Sims

(ISC)2 – the world’s largest non-profit membership association of certified cyber security professionals –  has been granted Approved Professional Organisations and Learned Societies status by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority. This status recognises (ISC)2 among a select number of essential professional societies and bodies that share or advance professional knowledge, maintain or improve professional conduct and competence or protect members from claims made against them while doing their job. It also allows the UK members of (ISC)2 to claim tax relief on their annual maintenance fee.

The inclusion of (ISC)2 on the list of approved bodies, which has been backdated to 6 April 2019, is recognition of the ongoing work of members and the organisation itself to inspire a safe and secure cyber world. The status awarded by the HMRC validates the efforts of (ISC)2 to advance cyber security knowledge and skills in the UK through training and certification as well as through the development of its Common Body of Knowledge.

“This recognition from HMRC comes at a critical time for the UK’s digital economy,” said Deshini Newman, managing director for the EMEA at (ISC)2. “At a time when digital and business transformation is rife, it reflects the importance being placed on cyber security skills creation and development at all levels of business, as well as in the public sector. Our members invest in their cyber security skills development in many ways with time, money and effort. Membership of (ISC)2 is an important component of that investment. The new status afforded by HMRC will make that commitment more cost-effective for our UK tax-paying members and their employers.”

The learned societies and professional associations on the list are predominantly non-profit organisations such as industry bodies, charter organisations and livery companies, as well as independent member associations that exist to raise standards and help their members.

Learned societies are usually subject-specific, while professional associations are profession-specific by their nature.

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