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The UK Cyber Security Council Announces a New Partnership with the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG)
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The UK Cyber Security Council Announces a New Partnership with the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG)

The UK Cyber Security Council and the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) is pleased to announce a new partnership to further enhance and develop careers, skills and training in cyber security. 
The Council and SASIG will work together on key webinars and events designed to improve trust in the online environment and to harbour that trust they are committed to when it comes to education and knowledge sharing throughout the community. One of the forthcoming events that the Council will partner with SASIG on is their third Cybersecurity Skills Festival which takes place on Tuesday 22 February 2022. 


For those looking to re-skill into a new career sector, cyber security is an attractive option. With a new reliance on technology in all aspects of life, this means that a huge number of new technology-focused jobs are constantly emerging. Cyber security is a growing market, and it is estimated that the cyber industry will need an additional 3.5 million qualified professionals by 2023. 
With skills, education and training in cyber security being firmly on the agenda for the work that the UK Cyber Security Council is doing, partnering with SASIG in this key area to help individuals transition into a career in cyber security was a natural choice. 
Speaking of the partnership, Simon Hepburn, CEO of the UK Cyber Security Council, said: “We are delighted to partner with SASIG as we move forward with our careers and learning workstream. Getting more people to consider entering the cyber security industry is crucial, and we look forward to working with SASIG on this.  We will be launching a programme of joint activities in the coming months such as webinars and events and with skills, training and education in cyber security very high on the agenda for the UK Cyber Security Council, this was a very natural partnership that aligns with the core values of the UK Cyber Security Council perfectly.” 

Martin Smith MBE, Chairman and Founder of SASIG, said:“It is a privilege to be working with the prestigious UK Cyber Security Council on the vital task of bridging the cybersecurity skills gap - in SASIG’s view, the single most important strategic challenge our profession faces. Our Skills Festivals have already established themselves as a successful way of bringing together those looking for new talent and those wanting to enter our dynamic and exciting profession, but there is much more to be done. This new partnership between SASIG and the UK Cyber Security Council will be central to these efforts.” 

About the UK Cyber Security Council 
The UK Cyber Security Council is the self-regulatory body, and voice, for UK cyber security education, training and skills. It drives progress towards meeting the key challenges the profession faces and develops, promotes and stewards nationally recognised standards for cyber security qualifications and learning. The Council, working closely with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK's national technical authority for cyber security, supports the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy to make the UK the safest place to live and work online. 
About the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) 
The Security Awareness Special Interest Group (the SASIG), a networking forum for the cybersecurity industry. They are building a community of cybersecurity professionals and support the development of the industry through a series of physical events, webinars and masterclasses.  They aim to provide an environment where security professionals across all sectors can come together privately to explore contentious and challenging cybersecurity issues in greater detail. 

Since 2004 they have created a strong networking community for thousands of security professionals and are committed to providing a space for cybersecurity professionals to gather safely and freely exchange views and concerns about the issues of affecting the industry. 

For any media enquiries about this news release or the UK Cyber Security Council please contact: 
Lisa Ventura 
Marketing & Communications Manager 
UK Cyber Security Council 
T: +044 7521 056055 

For more information about SASIG and the SASIG Skills Festival please contact: 

Natasha Marsh  
The SASIG Press Office at Campbell Marsh   
T: 01926 420660  
M: 07922 848 412