GCHQ is one of three UK intelligence agencies and forms a crucial part of the UK’s national intelligence and security machinery. CIPS formally presented the recertification at the end of August.
GCHQ first achieved Certification in 2005, with follow-ups in 2008 and 2010. CIPS worked with the organisation to improve the procurement process, policies and procedures.
A CIPS spokesperson said: “Having 11 skilful and gifted players in the team will take you so far but without a system to support them, excellence will be difficult to achieve.” GCHQ believes another benefit of recertification is the positive effect it has on its staff and their morale.
Originally published in SM Magazine October 2012