Practices can now sign up to an information-sharing group tailored to the accountancy sector.
Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) is a joint industry and government initiative set up to exchange cyber threat information in real time, in a secure, confidential and dynamic environment, increasing situational awareness and reducing the impact on UK business.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is responsible for making the UK the safest place to live and work online, and ACCA has joined NCSC to help our practices be more resilient in the face of cybercrime. You can now able to sign up to a new, private CiSP group tailored to the needs of the accountancy sector.
Why should you join CiSP?
to form part of your GDPR/Cyber/AML protection policies and procedures
early warning of cyber threats and advice on mitigations
wealth of cyber security expertise and guidance from both government and industry
the ability to learn from experiences, mistakes, successes of other users and seek advice
unique access to NCSC’s network abuse reporting service to help protect your corporate IT infrastructure.
CiSP offers principals within firms the opportunity to see the latest developments and to share information. The accountancy group is in its formative stage and practitioners will need to select the group when applying. There are CiSP membership guidelines, which state:
Any UK registered company or other legal entity which is responsible for the administration of an electronic communications network in the UK, a UK Crown Dependency, or a UK Overseas Territory and which has a sponsor is eligible to become a Member provided that it is able to confirm that it complies and is willing to continue to comply with clause 2.2.
2.2 Members must have appropriate measures in place to protect the confidentiality of any information received via the CiSP Collaboration Environment.
2.3 Membership of the CiSP Collaboration Environment is exclusive to the legal entity to whom it is granted and does not extend to any related or associated company. Companies that are a holding company or a subsidiary of a Member are required to apply for membership in their own right in order to participate in the CiSP Collaboration Environment.
When applying practitioners will confirm as part of their CiSP application that they are responsible for the protection of an electronic communications network in the UK. This for firms means that the person joining is responsible for the firm’s cyber security.
You must first register your firm, which requires a sponsor. ACCA’s nominated, named sponsor is Glenn Collins.