Brian Sims

Plans for third edition of Cyber Security Skills Festival unveiled by SASIG

PEOPLE, SKILLS and resources that protect commerce, industry and public services from cyber attacks will feature at the third Cyber Security Skills Festival being organised by the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) in partnership with the UK Cyber Security Council. The event itself runs on Tuesday 22 February.

The Cyber Security Skills Festival is a bi-annual virtual event where students, career movers and cyber security professionals gather to discuss careers in the cyber realm. Alongside the conference, the Skills Festival will also feature a Jobs Fair with the opportunity to speak directly with employers harbouring various exciting opportunities that are available for delegates.  

The third Cyber Security Skills Festival is due to host more than 40 organisations from all sectors, all of them hungry to find new talent. In addition, over 50 UK universities and public sector bodies from across the cyber security community will be in attendance.

The Cyber Security Skills Festival’s agenda will include a keynote presentation from a representative of the UK Cyber Security Council and highlight the need for a new wave of diverse cyber security professionals. In parallel with attending a series of workshops, delegates can explore the huge array of roles available in the cyber world.

Growth sector

Martin Smith MBE, the founder and chairman of SASIG, explained to Security Matters: “The cyber security sector is growing at a rate of 10% per annum. The Cyber Security Skills Festival is a positive platform for attracting the best talent into our sector. We must ensure that the nation has a strong and skilled workforce to protect business, commerce and public services alike. Last year’s virtual events were a huge success, while the third Cyber Security Skills Festival has already secured the involvement of major players in the cyber security arena.”  

Simon Hepburn, CEO of the UK Cyber Security Council, responded: “We are delighted to partner with SASIG to deliver the third Cyber Security Skills Festival. Careers and skills in cyber security are high on our agenda at the Council. Encouraging more people to consider entering the cyber security industry is crucial to help close the cyber skills gap that currently exists.”

Hepburn added: “With skills, training and education in cyber security very high on the agenda for the UK Cyber Security Council, partnering with SASIG to deliver this event very much aligns with the organisation’s core values.”  

Attendance at the third Cyber Security Skills Festival is free for both attendees and employers. Further information is available online at

Peer networking forum

Established back in 2004, SASIG is a peer networking forum for cyber security professionals, representing hundreds of organisations of all sizes throughout the UK and from both the public and private sectors.

SASIG has more than 6,000 members including CISOs and other decision-makers and influencers with responsibility for information security, together with academics and Government agencies.

Annually, SASIG curates more than 150 information webinars and in-person events covering topical cyber security issues impacting on business, commerce and public sector organisations.

*Further information is available online at

Education, training and skills

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.

Working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Cyber Security Centre, the UK’s national technical authority for cyber security supports the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy to make the UK the safest place in which to live and work online.

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