Certified Cyber Security Consultancy – Version 1.0 of the Standard and application form available now
CESG has published version 1.0 of the Standard and application form for its Certified Cyber Security Consultancy scheme.
Publication of version 1.0 of the Consultancy standard and application form signifies that CESG expects there to be no further changes until at least spring 2016.
The main change from v0.2 of the standard and application form is the option to nominate a Service Owner who has overall responsibility for and is accountable for the consultancy service.
For larger organisations the responsibility for the consultancy service will usually reside with more than one individual. For smaller companies, and for Head Consultants running their own single consultant company, the roles of Service Owner and Head Consultant can be fulfilled by the same person.
The key responsibilities for Service Owners and Head Consultants are set out in the Standard.
All applicants who have applied under the previous ALPHA v0.2 will be processed under that standard and will not be required to re-submit a v1.0 application. They may however wish to familiarise themselves with the changes and consider whether they wish to nominate a Service Owner to accompany the Head Consultant to interview.
CESG will cease accepting applications under the previous ALPHA v0.2 from 1 December 2015. After this date only applications based on v1.0 will be considered.
As previously announced, CESG plans to conduct a large number of Head Consultant interviews in late November/early December. Priority for interviews will be allocated to the early adopter companies who worked with CESG to help refine the certified consultancy scheme before its launch in June and the applications already received. Other applications will be prioritised on a first come first served basis.
CESG plans to revert to a regular cohort approach for Head Consultant interviews from January 2016 onwards.
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