Institute of Information Security Professionals
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|Legal status||Limited Company registered in England and Wales|
|Headquarters||Evesham, Worcestershire United Kingdom|
|United Kingdom, Worldwide|
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.
One of its main activities is to act as an accreditation authority for the industry. As part of the government's investment in cyber security, the IISP consortium (including CREST and RHUL) has been appointed by NCSC to provide certification for UK government Information Assurance (IA) professionals. The consortium has been awarded a licence to issue the CESG Certified Professional (CCP) mark based on the Skills Framework, as part of a certification scheme driven by NCSC, the IA arm of GCHQ.
Full membership of the institute is information security's professional standard and endorses the knowledge, experience and professionalism of an individual in this field. The award of membership levels is competency-based which sets it apart from purely knowledge-based qualifications and is awarded to those professionals who demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge, and substantial practical experience.
The IISP has a number of regional branches which are developed for its members:
Based in London, United Kingdom, the institute was established in 2006 by information security professionals. In 2007, the institute developed the IISP Skills Framework. This framework describes the range of competencies expected of information security and information assurance professionals in the effective performance of their roles. It was developed through collaboration between both private and public sector organisations and academics and security leaders.
In 2012, as part of the government's investment in cyber security, the IISP consortium were appointed by NCSC (formally CESG) to provide certification for UK government information assurance (IA) professionals. The IISP defined a set of information security skills and skill levels and these skill definitions have been supplemented by NCSC to enable certification bodies to make formal assessments, and others to make informal assessments against the IA skill levels.
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