In November 2014 CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ, launched a certified training (CCT) scheme to set a benchmark for certifying cyber and information security training. As of 1 January 2016, this scheme was rebranded as GCHQ Certified Training (GCT). The aim of the scheme remains the same, i.e. to help organisations navigate the cyber and information training market and quickly identify training courses that meet the highest standards of both content and delivery.
The reason for the new name is a recognition that GCHQ is a more widely known brand. As Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG (certification body for the scheme) comments: “GCHQ is widely recognised as the pre-eminent authority on cyber intelligence and data security …it will make it easier for end users to better understand what the certification signifies: quality, assurance and security.”
URM currently has 2 courses certified under the GCT scheme, the 5 day Certificate in Information Security Management Principles and the 5 day Practitioner Certificate in Information Risk Management. Confirming the value of this latter course, Sarah Rudge, Manager Information Assurance at Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), commented: "I can't recommend highly enough the information risk management course from Ultima Risk Management, which has been certified under the GCT scheme. I found it to be the perfect mix of tuition and practical exercises. It was so refreshing to find a course which is so relevant and directly applicable to my work."
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