Joint collaboration between APMG and The Cyber Scheme

Joint collaboration between APMG and The Cyber Scheme

Press Release July 14 2022

JOINT COLLABORATION: APM GROUP  (APMG) AND THE CYBER SCHEME are working together to create exams and accreditation programmes in the field of Cyber Security for training organisations and individuals. 

The Cyber Scheme and APMG  are pleased to announce a new collaborative working arrangement designed to help professionals develop and grow their cyber security career.

The Cyber Scheme and APMG are committed to improving entry routes and career pathways, which will be adopted as ‘best practice’ by the Cyber Security industry.

Both APMG  and The Cyber Scheme are prioritising making career pathways simpler, more regulated and more accessible for people from a wide range of backgrounds. By following appropriate governance under internationally recognised standards,*  this joint venture will assure the exams they create will be of the highest quality, and a benchmark for anyone wishing to further their education in this dynamic industry.

Exams and assessments for career pathways will be available through The Cyber Scheme and APMG  for a number of international recognised schemes. APMG  are an accreditation body with an established relationship with the newly established UK Cyber Security Council, and both they and The Cyber Scheme are keen to develop a working relationship with the Council, helping to underpin the quality of service offerings as they are developed.

The organisations will be working with the Sponsors of The Cyber Scheme, a consortium of industry thought-leaders and experts dedicated to the development and improvement of the Cyber Security industry as a whole.

* APMG’s certification and accreditation processes are developed and managed in accordance with a robust quality management system accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). 

Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG says: “There are thousands of competent Cyber Security professionals in the UK, but not enough. There are excellent cyber security university courses, but they cannot educate enough people. A main focus of this collaboration is to help people get onto the first rung of a career in cyber security; to build a workforce that over time can develop and grow into the wide range of cyber security roles that need to be filled . We look forward to working with Charles and his team to help make this happen”

Charles White, MD of The Cyber Scheme adds: “I echo the sentiment from Richard; being able to construct a suitable entry level standard with industry collaboration is critical to help thousands of people either career transition or join the workforce and to get themselves on the first rung of the Cyber ladder.

In addition, our professional sponsors’ ability to devise more modern standards that meet today’s market is vital. And so our collaboration with APMG allows The Cyber Scheme to be sound in the knowledge that any standard or qualification grades will have the scrutiny and due governance provided by the most reputable global accreditation and examination institute”.

Notes for editors:

The Cyber Scheme provides the highest standard of Government approved examinations available, essential for technical consultants wishing to gain NCSC CHECK status. They also provide training for anyone aiming to work in the Cyber Security industry. Additionally they aim to support, educate and recruit a new generation of talent who traditionally have been unable to access a career in cyber security, addressing the current skills gap and ensuring that a robust cyber industry can protect the UK into the future.

The Cyber Scheme is also building an innovative Sponsorship scheme; by working with industry sponsors they aim to expand the focus of testing from CHECK into Entry Level, Red Teaming, Incident Response, and beyond.

The Cyber Scheme is a member of the Cyber Security Council and will ensure the standards we develop are fully aligned with the Council and the wider aims of the UK Government. Our mission is consistent with the UK Government’s National Cyber Strategy 2022, focussing on building a resilient Digital UK.

APMG is a global examination institute that offers a portfolio of professional certifications for knowledge-based workers. APMG certifications are designed to provide professional career development for individuals, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to help them and their organizations perform more effectively.

In addition, APMG provides accreditation services for individuals and organisations around the world that provide high quality training and consultancy services in support of our certifications.