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The Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) is the only pure play information security institution to have been granted Royal Charter status and is dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in information security.

The award of Academic Partner status is a recognition of the standards of the University's cyber security programmes. According to CIISec, it recognises “the significant base of security-related expertise and activity that exists within academic institutions and … accredits the organisations courses to industry standard.”

The University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering applied for this status in recognition of the standards of its cyber security programmes including the BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity and MSc Cybersecurity. It will now be able to take advantage of the many benefits of Academic Partner Status including access to a wide community of security practitioners and CIISec development events for staff and students.

The University now plans to collaborate with CIISec in promoting the growth of the profession and to provide career paths for those individuals, including students, who are the future of the cyber security profession.

Dr Thaddeus Eze, the MSc Cybersecurity Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chester, is spearheading the collaboration with CIISec. He said: “We are really pleased to have received this award as it will enable our students and staff to access all the benefits of this organisation to further their skills and career development in this sector.”

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