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CCP - CESG Certified Professional

CCP - the certification framework by CESG for competent Information Assurance (IA) professionals.

The CESG Certified Professional (CCP) scheme is a certification framework for competent Information Assurance (IA) professionals. Individuals can choose to be certified in one or more specified IA roles, at several levels of competency.

CCP certification will enable you to demonstrate to an employer that you possess the competencies, knowledge and skills needed to be an IA professional. CCP has been acknowledged as HMG’s standard for cyber security professionals. CESG is the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance. APMG is working with CESG to deliver the CCP scheme.

Why was CCP Introduced?

CCP enables improved matching between the public and private sector requirements for IA professionals and the capability and competencies of individuals to perform common IA roles. The framework was developed by CESG in consultation with government departments, industry, academia, members of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS), and the CESG approved certification bodies.

With the growing prevalence of cyber-criminals and more frequent attacks on organizations’ sensitive information assets, the UK Government has made it a top priority to strengthen the UK’s cyber security defences. CESG is working in co-operation with other government departments to address the UK’s shortage of skilled cyber-security professionals – CCP was developed as part of this initiative. 

Who is the Scheme For?

CCP is aimed at IA professionals working in both the private and public sectors. It allows for knowledge, experience and skills to be demonstrated at several levels of competence. CCP can help organizations when selecting IA professionals for assignments and it can be used to guide professional development of employees.

The Benefits of CCP

For Individuals:

  • Independent verification and formal recognition of your IA skills and competence.
  • Better matching between public and private sector requirements for IA expertise and the competence of individuals providing such expertise.
  • Clearer career path development.
  • You are part of a recognized and growing professional body from which employers can recruit.
  • CCP is a requirement for CESG approved IA/cyber security consultancy.

For Employers:

  • Provides employers with the confidence that CCP individuals will have been independently and rigorously assessed.
  • Certified professionals will have demonstrated their expertise in IA/cyber security.
  • Use of the scheme in-house to ensure development of own practitioners.
  • Use of the scheme to influence suppliers to employ certified professionals to help reduce exposure to supply chain risks and gain confidence in supplier’s ability to manage risks to your and their information effectively.