Tigerscheme Working with MOD on UK cyber security

Tigerscheme is pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Defence College of Communications and Information Systems (DCCIS). The agreement will provide a recognised qualification for service staff attending cyber security training courses at the DCCIS establishment in Blandford, Dorset.

Under the terms of the MoU, DCCIS will become a Tigerscheme Examining Body, able to conduct examinations of theoretical and practical skills under the aegis of Tigerscheme, using test environments controlled by the Scheme Examining Body but based on the Blandford site. Intermediate level assessments will be introduced initially, as part of the existing DCCIS training courses. These will provide a recognised qualification for students attending relevant DCCIS training courses. In the coming months, the assessments will be expanded to include the advanced and specialist levels, according to Dr Paul Jenkins, Head of Information Systems at the ICT Faculty at Blandford. “Official endorsement of the critical Tigerscheme assessments was a key factor for us in deciding to partner with Tigerscheme. With the additional underpinning of independence provided by a University partner, we were in no doubt of the value to these qualifications and in no doubt also that Tigerscheme and the University were organisations with which we could work.”

Chris Meehan chairs the Tigerscheme Management Committee, and added his endorsement. “I was involved in developing the technical environment at the College, and recognise it as a leading centre of excellence in this field. Personally I look forward to renewing my acquaintance with the team at Blandford, and I look forward to working with the team to provide an even stronger base of professionalisation in this critical area”.

Tigerscheme technical environments will be provided to DCCIS for the assessment of students at Blandford, and access will be provided to the question pool for written and multiple choice components. Viva (interview) components will be conducted by suitably qualified staff at the College. Professor Andrew Blyth, of the University of South Wales, head of the Tigerscheme Technical Panel, pointed out that this maintains an exact level of equivalence with the existing Tigerscheme assessment. “Because of this, we can issue Tigerscheme qualifications to all individuals passing the assessment, and will be doing so. All service personnel passing the QSTM assessment will leave with a recognised qualification. We believe this will actively promote the cause of professionalisation, and will assist both the penetration testing community and the organisations that make use of their skills”.

DCCIS will also jointly develop additional technical qualifications, starting with wireless security. These will supplement the network security and forensic qualifications already offered under the Scheme, and the forthcoming application security vulnerability tester qualifications.

Tigerscheme is a not-for profit organisation working in co-operation with The University of South Wales to provide an independent, University recognised assessment of the technical, legal and ethical capabilities of penetration testers within the UK. Buyers of penetration testing are vocal of the shortage of certified skill in the UK, and the negative impact this has on project timescales and costs. Tigerscheme bridges this gap between buyers and suppliers of assessment services. Whilst many UK based certification concentrate purely on commercial service providers, Tigerscheme offers certification to both professional penetration testers and IT professionals working within internal IT teams. This allows organisations to have leading edge expertise within their own teams, offering greater flexibility and cost effectiveness.

The Defence College of Communications and Information Systems delivers training and education for up to 10000 service students per annum, ranging from 2 week specialist courses to Masters level degree packages.  It consists of a Headquarters and the 11th Signal Regiment (Royal School of Signals) based at Blandford Camp, Number 1 Radio School based at DCAE Cosford and the Royal Navy CIS Training Unit at HMS Collingwood. The College is a Defence Training Establishment (DTE) and delivers single Service and overseas CIS training. HQ DCCIS provides the governance for the delivery of Army, RAF and RN CIS training. It also initiates and delivers training and organisational change to support the delivery of training to Servicemen and women who deliver information and communication services on, and in support of, operations. The main element of the School at Blandford Camp, 11 Sig Regt (RSS) is the Army's centre for Communications and Information Systems training for officers and soldiers. The School comprises training delivery and training support elements as well as providing supervisory care for all students undergoing training. The School has training facilities for cable and fibre optics, computer laboratories, mobile radio, trunk and satellite systems. These are backed by a full range of training support facilities, a technical library and both electronic and technical workshops.

For more information please contact +44(0)1883 331 100, visit www.tigerscheme.org or email [email protected].