Our Mission

With the rapid growth of cyber threats in today's internet-dependent world, it has never been more important to ensure that the best people are available to defend business and society from those that would seek to undermine our way of life and future prosperity. Information security professionals are at the forefront of this fight, and need a broad range of skills to fully address the multitude and complexity of issues we see today.

However, with the explosion of threat in recent years, it is clear that there is a significant shortage of high-calibre information security professionals. Indeed, the UK's National Audit Office recently warned that a lack of skilled workers is hampering the UK's fight against cyber crime, and that it could take up to 20 years to address the skills gap at all levels of education.

The Institute of Information Security Professionals provides a focal point for the profession, working tirelessly to raise the standards of professionalism with the industry and promote the growth of talent available to government and business alike. We work with academia to help develop new courses and entry-routes into the profession, as well as corporate and government organisations to promote the growth of talent in the workplace. In doing so, we aim to provide a universally-accepted focal point for the information security profession.

As with any professional body, we accredit information security professionals to ensure that they meet the highest professional standards. Unlike most other certifications available today, the IISP does not accredit on learned knowledge alone. Instead we require our professionals to evidence that they have successfully performed the required skills in the real world and have a track record of delivering to the highest standards.  We therefore view Full Membership of the IISP as the Gold standard for information security professionals.

The Institute is an independent not-for-profit body governed by its members.

For Members

  • Provide a network of support
  • Gain respect for the profession as a whole
  • Provide guidance on development skills

For Employers

  • Accredit skills and competence
  • Provide a bigger pool of trained people
  • Provide a global / transportable skillset

For Education

  • Help shape courses to meet societal needs
  • Promote the creation of pathways to allow new talent to join the profession

For Society

  • Reduce on-line risks through guidance and best-practice
  • Lead the debate on security and privacy
  • Help the public find trusted information security professionals

For Government

  • Enable a secure knowledge economy
  • Enable good / informed legislation