Axelos, a joint venture company set up by the Cabinet Office and Capita to run qualifications such as ITIL and PRINCE2, has announced plans to launch a ‘cyber resilience’ certification at the end of this year.
The cyber resilience portfolio will include classroom-based training, searchable guidance and training via virtual simulations, according to CEO Peter Hepworth.
The company has appointed Nick Wilding, previously global head of thought leadership at BAE Systems Detica, to head up the new programme.
Speaking to ComputerworldUK, Hepworth said: “We’re not just talking about exams or hours of training but focusing on bringing the risks to the organisation alive. We’re not going after the technical market. They’re well served by CESG and others.
“Certain employees will need qualifications, but not everyone. This is for CEOs, CFOs and marketing teams who need risk management training in this area. For example, you often hear about the marketing department exposing companies to risks without realising, as they buy technology products without doing the necessary security.”
In his discussions with companies in both the UK and overseas, Hepworth said “cyber resilience is resonating as an issue that companies want help with now”.
The portfolio will complement the government’s steps in this area, in particular the national cyber security strategy and CESG’s ‘10 steps to cyber security’ guidance, Hepworth explained.
Axelos, which is 51 percent owned by Capita and 49 percent by government, started trading on 1 January 2014 and has expanded from seven staff to more than 50 since it was set up in July last year.
However, according to Hepworth, it’s business as usual for users, and the company has no imminent plans for radical change. He said: “We want to evolve thoughtfully, beef up our qualifications, make them more relevant and focused on career development.”
Although 25 percent of its business is in the UK, the US and India are Axelos’ next two biggest markets, and the company is seeing strong interest from overseas, particularly in East Asia, Hepworth explained.
“ITIL is available in 23 languages and over 150 countries. We’ve seen the UN adopt PRINCE2 for development aid. And it’s used for all sorts of things, from very agile high tech projects to building a bridge. We’ve been invited to Singapore recently, and we’ll be visiting Beijing in May.”
Hepworth joined from gaming company Activision Blizzard and has worked in the US and France, with stints at companies such as Sara Lee, Lancôme and L’Oreal.
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