Professional Bodies


BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, champions the global IT profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession for the benefit of all.

Exchanging IT expertise and knowledge: The Institute fosters links between experts from industry, academia and business to promote new thinking, education and knowledge sharing.

Supporting practitioners: Through continuing professional development and a series of respected IT qualifications, the Institute seeks to promote professional practice tuned to the demands of business. It provides practical support and information services to its members and volunteer communities around the world.

Setting standards and frameworks: The Institute collaborates with government, industry and relevant bodies to establish good working practices, codes of conduct, skills frameworks and common standards. It also offers a range of consultancy services to employers to help them adopt best practice.

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CREST is the not-for-profit organisation representing the technical information security industry. CREST provides internationally recognised accreditation for organisations and certifies individuals providing penetration testing, cyber incident response and security architecture services. Member companies undergo a rigorous assessment and certification process that looks at methodologies, legal and regulatory standards, staff vetting and data handling. CREST qualified individuals have passed challenging professional level examinations that demonstrate their knowledge, skill and competence.  Company assessments and individual qualifications are underpinned by a strict and enforceable code of conduct.  All examinations and processes have been reviewed and approved by CESG.

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For over 140 years the IET has been inspiring, informing and influencing the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. With the complexity and diversity of the engineering world the role of the IET is more relevant now than it ever has been. The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with nearly 160,000 members in 127 countries. It is also the most multidisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment.

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The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by its members and dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in information security and the industry as a whole. The IISP does this through accrediting skills and competence, by sharing best practice and by providing a network of support and guidance for individual skills development. We provide an authoritative voice and our competency-based memberships are widely recognised in the information security industry.

Working closely with the information security community, the IISP has a growing membership of 2000 Individual Members and 32 Corporate Member Organisations across both private and government sectors. Within the UK there is an active local branch network with 10 regional branches, whilst our Academic Partner programme has 13 member universities and is actively encouraging students to join the Institute. Our membership range is tailored to support and reflect the experience and skills of professionals at all stages of their career. Our Accredited Training Programme has a portfolio of courses assessed by subject matter experts.   

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