Cyber security body awarded charitable status

A self-regulatory body for the cyber security education and skills sector has been awarded charitable status by the Charity Commission.

The UK Cyber Security Council said its application had been approved by the regulator and its new status would further support its efforts to “bolster the UK cyber security community”.

The regulator said the organisation's charitable purpose was "the protection of the public from the threat of cybercrime and cyber attack". 

The body said the move was recognition of the “inclusive and non-profit support role the council will play in supporting the development of education, training and skills within the UK cyber security community”.

The charity said it would fulfill its charitable purpose by developing high standards of expertise and professional conduct across the cyber security profession, for the benefit of the public and in support of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Strategy.

The charity said it hoped to achieve this by setting standards for professional competence and ethical behaviour alongside working to improve diversity and inclusion.

Don MacIntyre, interim chief executive of the UK Cyber Security Council, said: “Being a charity doesn't particularly change how the council will operate, but it's both a reminder and proof to everyone that the mission of the council is exclusively to benefit the public, in particular by making the UK one of the safest places in the world to live and work online.”

A spokesperson for the Charity Commission said: “All decisions about charitable status are made in line with the law, which sets out a strict legal test for a charity: it must have exclusively charitable purposes and operate for the public benefit.

!We received an application for the UK Cyber Security Council and, following careful consideration in line with the legal test, it was recently entered onto the charity register.

"It has a charitable purpose for the protection of the public from the threat of cybercrime and cyberattack.”

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