Free online cyber security training launched by CIPS and UK government

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
23 June 2015

CIPS and the UK government have collaborated to develop free online cyber security training for procurement professionals.

The training aims to increase awareness of digital threats, as well as how to prevent and handle them. Go to to access the information.

This is a joint initiative by the institute, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), and was launched at a CIPS event this afternoon.

Andrew Coulcher, director of customer solutions, CIPS said: “This is one of the biggest issues of our time and as procurement professionals we need the right tools and support to meet these challenges head on. This training is highly targeted and has been developed with the three partners to ensure all aspects are covered to give professionals the best chance to tackle a potentially highly-disruptive event.”

Giles Smith, deputy director of cyber security and resilience at DCMS, added: “This new training course will help those working in purchasing and supply chain management understand the cyber threat and how to protect themselves and their information.”

In May, Aon Risk Solutions highlighted that cyber risk had moved into the top 10 global threats for businesses for the first time. The government announced in September that suppliers bidding for public contracts would have to meet a new set of cyber security standards.

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