Cybersecurity Competency Centre

Cybersecurity Competency Centre

Do you want to help contribute to keeping your work and your colleagues safe? Do you want to improve your skills and gain formal training and certification in modern cybersecurity?

The Cybersecurity Competency Centre can help. We can offer free consultation, staff training, and technical support to help protect your department, centre or project. 

What is the Cybersecurity Competency Centre?

Using various professional development paths to allow existing IT staff in departments, divisions, faculties, and colleges to become part of a distributed Competency Centre led by the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Graham Ingram.

The Cybersecurity Competency Centre was started in February 2023 and its first cohort received their formal accreditation from the British Computer Society in April 2023.

News & events

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Cyber Taskforce Announced!

The University’s new Cyber Task Force was announced at this year’s Cybersecurity Interest Group (CSIG), which took place in St Luke’s Chapel on Friday 3 November. This initiative has been spearheaded by the InfoSec team to bring OxCERT’s expertise to support the collegiate university at a local level.  

To sign-up for the Taskforce, follow the link through.

Keeping Oxford secure: what we can all do to protect the University from cyber threats

Exciting news! The Cybersecurity Competency Centre Lead, Graham Ingram, has been featured in the University Bulletin, talking how we all can keep the University secure. To read more and to find out more about what systems have been put in place since 2020, follow the link.

The future of cybersecurity at Oxford

Our second cohort of future Cybersecurity trained professionals started their training this week. To read more about what this training means for the University, continue reading here.

If you would like sign-up to future CISMP training, please fill in this form or contact the Competency Centre by email.

Teams Channel

Did you know we have our own Teams channel? It's called Cybersecurity Competency Centre Community. If you would like to be added to our Teams channel, so we can keep you up to date on future news and events, please get in touch.

New Email

We now have a new email address for the Cybersecurity Competency Centre. Any questions, queries or concerns you have about the Centre, please contact us on

British Computer Society

Did you know that by completing the course and exam, you're given the option of becoming a member of the British Computer Society (BCS)?

First Training Session: A Success!

Our first Cybersecurity training session was a success, and we would like to offer our congratulations to the first cohort. The Digital Transformation communications team have published a lovely story about the session, which can be read on the website.

Oxford Digital Festival

On Thursday 9 November, our Competency Centres will be at Oxford Digital Festival at Jesus College's Digital Hub. 

This all-day in-person conference is being hosted by Professor Anne Trefethen, Pro-Vice Chancellor, People and Digital and will focus on the achievements of Oxford’s Digital transformation and the potential for the university’s digital future. 

The conference will include: 

  • Three keynote talks 

  • Exhibition areas 

  • Networking opportunities  

While this conference focusses on in person attendees, the keynote talks will also be live streamed. 

All staff are invited to attend. 

Professional Services Together Conference

On 26 September, the Competency Centres will be at the Examinations Schools on the High Street as part of Professional Services Together Conference. Our three Competency Centres, including Cybersecurity, will have a stand at the conference.

Come and find us and say hello! We can tell you more about the Centres, our training and future events. 

IT Staff Day

On Thursday 14 September at the Maths Institute, there will be an IT Staff Day for members of staff.

The Welcome presentation by Seán Duffy will start promptly at 10am. Please collect your name badge from the registration desk and take a seat in Lecture Theatre 1 before this time. Refreshments will be available from 9.15am.

The Programme for the day can be viewed here.

Cyber Security Interest Group (CSIG) Threat Update

UPDATE: This event is now CLOSED. The Information Security Office (InfoSec) would like to invite you to their annual Cyber Security Interest Group (CSIG) Session on Friday 3 November, 8:30am - 12:30pm in St Luke's Chapel in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. 

CISMP Training

Booking for our next training session is now CLOSED. The training session will be online from Monday 11 - Friday 15 September. The training will be run by Knowledge Academy and certified by the British Computer Society (BCS). Look out for future training in 2024!

Networking Lunch

We have our first Cybersecurity Competency Centre lunch tomorrow for those who have completed the training and also for those of you interested in cybersecurity and enrolling in the next course. If you were unable to attend this time, don't worry, we will be arranging events in the near future.

First CISMP Training

We'll be running a Cybersecurity training programme beginning on 27 March 2023, offering colleagues from across the collegiate University the opportunity to gain CISMP certification, and help protect your work and your colleagues. 

Drop-in Sessions

We'll be running regular drop-in sessions for people interested in how you can improve your cybersecurity.

How to

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When will be the next session be?

HT 2024


I’m not an IT professional, can I still sign-up?

Yes, you can. However, we will be rolling out a couple of courses that are appropriate for non-IT professionals. These will be announced in the coming months.


How to do sign-up?

Complete the form here


How is the course structured?

The course can be in-person and remote over five full days with an external trainer. There will be an exam on the last day, which if passed, will give you formal accreditation.


What happens after I complete the course?

Once you have passed the exam, you will receive the CISMP qualification.


Will I receive CIPD points when I complete the course?

Unfortunately you will not receive CIPD points, however, you will receive a professional qualifications from the British Computer Society and a year's free membership.

  1. Ahead of time install Zoom and QuestionMark Secure.
  2. Also register on the BCS candidate portal. All those links are sent to you once you schedule your exam.
  3. Arrive 10 mins before exam time and click on the Zoom link that's been emailed to you 24-hours before the exam (it's a one-way Zoom video / 2-way audio call with a screenshare for the duration of the exam).
  4. The invigilator checks your ID - ID held up to camera.
  5. You need to login to the BCS candidate portal while on that screenshare and the invigilator gives you an unlock code which you type into the portal.
  6. This unlocks a start button, which when clicked launches the QuestionMark Secure browser / the overview page of the exam.
  7. From this point on the invigilator can’t see your screen, but you're on camera and locked out of everything but the secure browser.
  8. You click to start the exam and off you go. There's a countdown of time remaining, top right.
  9. You verbally tell the invigilator when you're done, and then click End Exam.
  10. You get a provisional result immediately on screen.
  11. You will be asked to take a photo of the screen.
  12. The secure session will end.
  13. Zoom call ends.

Expression of interest

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