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UK Council's Vision: Set High Standards in Cybersecurity

Claudia Natanson on Building Professionalism, Adding Diversity, Attracting Talent
Claudia Natanson, chair of the board of trustees, UK Cyber Security Council

Six years after it was founded, the government-backed U.K. Cyber Security Council is taking a multipronged approach to building professionalism in the industry. Board Chair Claudia Natanson discussed the council's journey, its role in shaping industry standards and efforts to foster diversity and narrow the skills gap.

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The council offers a self-regulatory framework to ensure ethical and trustworthy use of cyber technology, and it introduced professional standards and charterships in areas such as security architecture and risk audit to define excellence in the field.

"These standards have to be of the highest quality and make sure that when we are issuing and making and using standards, there's ethics and integrity in it so that people can have trust in how we use cyber and can see how we're using cyber to protect our country," Natanson said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Natanson discussed:

  • The importance of setting and adhering to high-quality standards in cybersecurity;
  • The council's role in demystifying cybersecurity and creating clear pathways for new entrants, emphasizing the profession's diversity beyond technical roles;
  • Challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies such as AI and cloud computing.

Natanson has served as board chair, steering committee member and program chair for the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams and is a registered European Commission security expert. She is founder of the Corporate Executive Programme, a body that unites senior decision-makers from leading companies and public sector organizations across the world to discuss risks that business and security-related issues and threats. Her experience and expertise cover diverse industry sectors, FTSE 100, Fortune 500, government and growing organizations.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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