IISP Accredits OSP Cyber Academy GDPR Data Protection Courses

15 Mar 2018

OSP Cyber Academy GDPR Data Protection one day Awareness and four-day Practitioner courses have been accredited against the IISP Skills Framework. The courses, previously accredited under the GCT scheme in December 2017, have been designed by a current Data Protection Officer (DPO) and information security professional and use examples and scenarios based upon data protection challenges.

The focus is on understanding the common themes related to GDPR and data protection that all organisations are encountering and providing a framework to address them. There is opportunity throughout for delegates to ask specific questions relating to their circumstances as well as to discuss the practicalities of what is meant by ‘compliance’ and how to enhance information security.

The courses provide delegates with the appropriate level of knowledge of the GDPR and skills to apply effective governance and risk management, to deliver GDPR compliance and the capability to execute the requirements of the Regulation. Sign posts to the new British Data Protection Bill are provided and once this is law, the Act will be incorporated into the training.

The courses are highly interactive and trainers bring real world personal examples and use scenarios to enable experienced professionals to apply their knowledge and skills to the issues of data protection and how this integrates with information security. Attendance on the courses has ranged from non-executive Directors, CEOs and managing directors to information security and IT professionals, HR directors, risk managers, police officers and lawyers, from a wide range of sectors. The mix of knowledge and perspectives of the training audience is used to deliver a structured dialogue.

More information and testimonials are on the OSP website: and IISP members may claim a 10% discount for courses from now until the end of 2018.


Aspiring cyber security professionals gain careers insight at Manchester Met

07 Mar 2018

Budding cyber security professionals gained a valuable insight into the world of cyber security and how to pursue a career in the industry at last week’s event run by the not-for-profit Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) and Cyber Security Challenge UK (CSC).

The event was organised as part of the IISP’s ongoing work with Universities to help develop the cyber security professionals of the future. Working with commercial organisations and government, the IISP promotes the growth of talent in the workplace and provides a universally-accepted focal point for the information security profession.

“It’s no secret that our industry is experiencing a skills shortage, so we urgently need to educate people on how the cyber security profession is evolving, what are the most sought-after skills, how leading organisations are filling the skills gap and most importantly, what individuals should be thinking about for their own career development,” said Amanda Finch general manager at the IISP. “By organising events like these we can directly promote our industry to those studying for an information security related degree, those about to enter the profession, junior professionals or those looking for a career change.”

Delegates got to attend a series of talks and workshops, as well as meet with experts from cyber focused organisations. Speakers included leading figures from industry and academia from the likes of Avecto, Barclay Simpson, BT, Manchester Metropolitan University, NCC Group, Plymouth University, UK Cloud and University of Manchester.


IISP Accredits Cyber Incident Planning and Response Training from Cyber Management Alliance

06 Mar 2018

The IISP has accredited Cyber Management Alliance's Cyber Incident Planning and Response (CIPR) training course. The GCHQ-certified course has been rigorously assessed to ensure that the course content and materials meet the required competency level defined by the IISP Skills Framework.

The CIPR course is designed to teach strategic and operational management best practices to respond to a cyber attack or a data breach. It provides senior management and incident response teams with the vital processes, knowledge and skills to lead and manage a cyber crisis. This includes coordinating the right stakeholders to invoke quick decision making that protects brand value and orchestrating people, processes and technologies across the organisation.

Cyber Management Alliance provides specialised cybersecurity training to business executives and senior management. “Our aim is to reduce organisational risk exposure to cyber threats by bringing together the best qualities of thought leadership and operational mastery of cyber security management,” said Amar Singh, Cyber Management Alliance founder, CEO and global CISO. Organisations that have already attended the CIPR course include UK, Belgium and Czech police forces, Switzerland National Bank, Microsoft, Adobe, Sony, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Standard Chartered Bank, Emirates Airlines, Fujitsu and Ernst & Young

“With the abundance of cybersecurity training courses on offer, it can be difficult for organisations to identify competent knowledgeable trainers and good quality, effective courses,” said Amanda Finch, general manager at IISP. “IISP accreditation demonstrates that the course has been independently assessed against the IISP Skills Framework and meets the high standards demanded by the accreditation process.”

IISP members also can benefit from 10% discount on course attendance.

For more information on the CIPR training course from Cyber Management Alliance, please go to: