The UK Cyber Security Council has announced the launch of its inaugural Thought Leadership working group. The council \u2013 the self-regulatory body for the UK\u2019s cybersecurity profession \u2013 said the working group will be critical in helping it shape the direction of the industry and will contribute critical sector knowledge, enabling innovation and thought leadership.Applications are now open. It will recruit candidates from the UK Cyber Security Council\u2019s\u202fmembership in this cycle of applications, though it may also consider applications from relevant non-members if skills gaps are identified, it said. The announcement follows the launch of the council\u2019s new affiliate membership options for existing and prospective members, along with its work towards establishing a universally recognised, professional standard for the UK cybersecurity sector to provide professionals the opportunity to achieve chartered status across 16 specialisms.Working group will help drive progress, innovation in UK cybersecurityThe council said the working group will aim to:Enable the council to act as the voice of the UK cybersecurity profession.Drive progress and innovate thinking towards helping meet the key challenges for the industry.Amplify the issues faced by individuals and businesses.Collaborate with core council working groups.Establish relationships with key stakeholders, both in the UK and internationally.Inform developments in government policy and activities.The council is looking for applicants from cybersecurity, academia, education, and industry professionals who demonstrate any of the following:A passion and interest in the UK Cyber Security Council\u2019s vision, mission, and valuesThe ability to work collaboratively, in an open and welcoming manner, as part of a diverse team with differing opinions and perspectives, whilst achieving key objectivesKnowledge and commitment to diversity of thoughtExperience\/knowledge of existing cyber thought leadershipRelevant knowledge of technical terms and cybersecurity processesThe ability to communicate with a variety of audiences, of differing technical abilityAn enthusiasm for achieving the council\u2019s commitment to act as the voice of the UK cybersecurity professionSuccessful candidates will be expected to commit to the working group from April 2023 to April 2025, providing approximately five to ten hours of their time per month to a combination of virtual\/in-person meetings and background research\/reading. Applications close at\u202f11:59 pm on Friday, April 7, with successful candidates informed by April 24.