“Knowledge is power in battle against cyber attacks” states Institute of Information Security Professionals

The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) has released the first IISP Knowledge Framework as part of the organisation’s commitment to improve the levels of understanding and professionalism in the face of a growing tide of cyber crime and attacks.

The new Knowledge Framework expands on the established IISP Skills Framework and defines the knowledge that information security professionals need to do their jobs. It gives access to an up-to-date and wide-ranging body of knowledge, including standards, research papers and external reference works that underpin cyber and information security.

The combined IISP Skills and Knowledge Frameworks allow information security professionals to have a consistent view of cyber and information security along with an established set of metrics. The Knowledge Framework can also be used for curriculum development, training plans and career paths as today’s organisations strive to improve their ability to defend against – and respond to – cyber attacks.

“With a continuously shifting and evolving threat landscape and the development of new technologies, practices and legislation, it’s virtually impossible for any individual or organisation to stay informed and keep up-to-date,” said John Hughes, co-chair of the IISP’s Accreditation Committee and lead author of the Knowledge Framework. “The IISP Knowledge Framework helps by providing easy access to core information as well as topical updates linked to an in-depth body of knowledge to explore subjects in more detail.”

The IISP Knowledge Framework provides an overview of knowledge areas with references to external documents and standards, combined with the competency and skill levels required for different job roles and functions, ranging from apprentice through to expert levels. The second part of the Framework includes definitions of common terms used in cyber and information security along with explanations of abbreviations and acronyms.

Greater need for collaboration

“It’s increasingly clear that there’s a greater need for collaboration and professionalisation across the cyber and information security industry to harness Best Practice and define what ‘good’ looks like in terms of skills and knowledge,” added Amanda Finch, general manager of the IISP. “The IISP Knowledge Framework, combined with the IISP Skills Framework, now brings these requirements together in a simple and accessible form.”

The IISP is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members and wholly dedicated to raising the standards of professionalism in information security and the industry as a whole. The IISP does this through accrediting skills and competence, sharing Best Practice and providing a network of support and guidance on individual skills development. The organisation speaks with an authoritative voice, while its competency-based memberships are widely recognised in the information security industry.

Working closely with professionals present in the information security community, the IISP now boasts a growing membership of over 2,800 individual members across private and Government sectors, 44 corporate member organisations and an impressive 19 academic partners.

*The Framework is currently available free of charge to IISP members and will be made available to other organisations under licence

About the Author
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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