You may have noticed there's been a break in our blogging over the last couple of months as the Civil Service communicates less during the pre-election period, in line with the General Election Guidance. This period is over, and we can talk publicly about our work once more.
Since our last blog in March a lot has happened across the Government Security Profession. We had a fantastic conference in Watford in March with 140 security professionals from 28 government departments and organisations. I was able to announce at the conference that we have some money set aside to develop a careers framework for security professionals - my top priority this year. The framework will give civil servants a clear structure of roles and training to work to, and will give managers who are recruiting a set of criteria to measure against. I'm aiming to make the first version of the framework available in the autumn.
The conference gave us the chance to meet and talk about important issues for the first time as a community. Olly Robbins, Director General of the Civil Service, opened the event and confirmed that he sees the security profession as having a key role in developing brilliant government services. We heard how the profession is developing in HMRC with new apprentices arriving and training courses underway. We also had some live demonstrations of physical, cyber and telephone attacks. We’re hoping to hold another event later on this year. If you attended in March or you would be interested in coming to our next event, please share your views or suggestions by commenting on this blog.
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