Cyber association recognised by HMRC as Approved Professional Organisation

(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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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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