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Continual Professional Development

Updated - 4th Jan 2021

It is not too late to submit your 2020 CPD Record for the scheme run in partnership with the Security Institute.

Many of the virtual DISA events and activities run during 2020 will have attracted CPD points:

  » DISA Training courses – both the face to face and virtual courses will attract CPD points. Check the form for the actual points values for each course.

  » DISA AGM & Conference

  » DISA virtual Regional meetings

CPD is free to everyone. If you supervise staff you can also use the forms to record CPD within your teams which can be incredibly helpful when it comes to the annual appraisal.

More details on how to get started can be found here:

- Introduction to CPD Scheme.

- CPD Toolkit 2020 - Updated

Please see the Introduction document for information on participating in the scheme and how to use the toolkit.

GDPR - Fair Processing Notice

27th Apr 2018

As an Association we are committed to data protection and data privacy. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becoming enforceable on the 25th May 2018, we have undertaken a GDPR readiness review programme to review, the way we handle data and the way in which we use it to provide our services, including the management of our membership services and provision of activities for non-members.

We hold personal data on all our members, plus those attending our events, to meet legal obligations and to perform membership functions. This Data Privacy Notice details the personal data that we may retain, process and share with third parties relating to your membership, our operations and provision of activities for non-members. We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure, accurate and relevant. To prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have implemented suitable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure personal data we hold.

This policy will be subject to periodic review and it is recommended that you review this document from time to time to ensure that you are aware of any amendments applicable to the retention, processing and sharing of your personal data. A copy of the DISA Fair Processing Notice can be found here: DISA - GDPR Fair Processing Notice (V2)

NFIB - Monthly Fraud Update

Updated 9th Aug 2017

This monthly threat update will provide an overview of the trends affecting individuals and enterprise as reported to Action Fraud.

This report incorporates an assessment of information received during the period of 1st June – 30th June 2017.

We welcome your feedback so that we can shape future reports to your needs.

- NFIB - Monthly Update July 2017

Changes to Basic Disclosure Service

From 1 January 2018 Disclosure Scotland will no longer provide Basic Disclosure checks for customers in England and Wales

Applications from England and Wales will be made through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Disclosure Scotland will continue to process checks for Scotland

For more details see below:

- Changes to Basic Disclosure Service

Information Assurance Seminar

Updated 31st May 2017

DISA are hosting an Information Assurance One Day Seminar at

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, B5 4TB


29th June 2017—10:00 to 16:00


 (Refreshments & lunch included)


With Presentations from leading Industry Experts and Input from Government Representatives.

Update : Details of Speakers can be found below.

- Information Assurance Seminar - Speaker Biography

Further details and a Booking form can be found below:

- Information Assurance Seminar - Programme

- Information Assurance Seminar - Info

- Information Assurance Seminar - Booking Form

NFIB - Ransomware Incident Advice

Updated 15th May 2017

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

- NFIB - Ransomware Incident Advice

The National Cyber Security Centre’s technical guidance includes specific software patches to use that will prevent uninfected computers on your network from becoming infected with the “WannaCry” Ransomware:

- National Cyber Security Centre

Met Police Cyber Protect Briefing

Updated 28th Apr 2017

MPS Organised Crime Command

Please find the latest edition of the Metropolitan Police Cyber Protect briefing attached.

- Met_Police_Briefing_2047762.pdf

Global Cyber Alliance Presentation

Updated 24th Apr 2017

The Global Cyber Alliance was established a little over a year ago as a joint initiative between the Centre for Internet Security (US), the City of London Police and the District Attorney of Manhattan. It is a global not for profit organisation seed-funded through US proceeds of crime funds. The prime objective is to work in partnership with business and government on practical, proven interventions that reduce systemic cyber risk.

The GCA recently provided the presentation below to the Security Commonwealth regarding two new initiatives which members may find interesting.

- Security_Commonwealth_23_March_17.pdf (5Mb)

New Training Award Body

Updated 10th Mar 2017

DISA are pleased to announce that a new Awarding body has been appointed to provide the qualification gained by students attending DISA training courses. The new qualification will be an IQ Level 3 Professional Award.

DISA see this as a progressive move, not only to a higher level of qualification, but also to facilitate future progression of its training provision.

Further details can be found on the training course pages.

DISA Cyber Essentials Seminar

Updated 13th Dec 2016

DISA hosted a "What I need to know for Cyber Essentials" seminar on Monday 12th December 2016 at the Seminar Room, Fieldfisher, Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane, London, EC4R 3TT.

Presentations given at this event can be found below:-

DISA Cyber Essentials - Access Control

DISA Cyber Essentials - Common Failures

DISA Cyber Essentials - Firewalls

DISA Cyber Essentials - Malware

DISA Cyber Essentials - Patch Management

DISA Cyber Essentials - Secure Configuration

CPNI Website Launch

Updated 28th Nov 2016

CPNI are pleased to launch the new website, this marks a major step forward in our protective security advice delivery.

The CPNI website now has the benefit of the following features:

• Use of innovative presentation such as interactive diagrams;

• Improved collection of key resources in one place.

• Refreshed and relevant content;

• Greatly improved search capability which will produce smarter results for you;

DISA Conference

Updated 20th Sept 2016

Thinking of joining DISA?

One of the benefits is attendance at the annual Conference in October where you can hear

• Policy updates from HMG

• Latest news on key topics

• Guest speakers – Brexit, Cyber Security

and you can attend

• Exhibition of interesting stands

• Annual dinner with guest speaker

This year the annual Conference will be held at the

Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park


19th & 20th October 2016

Latest DISA e-news Issued

Updated 18th Aug 2016

With the lastest DISA e-news being issued, below is a sample article for public viewing....

The Security Awareness Special Interest Group – Human Resources Workshop

Dee Hayward, Chair of the Eastern Region and Security Controller for Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems recently attended the Human Resources SASIG Workshop with her HR Business Partner colleague, Jackie Stone.

The focus of the Workshop, which was hosted at The National Archives in Kew, was on the interrelating roles of the security and HR functions in confronting the Insider Threat. Underpinning all of the discussions was the basic question - what are the cornerstones for a good relationship between the security and HR functions?...

e-news Sample Article.


The whole newsletter, available to Member only, can be found below.

Full e-news Newsletter.

List X in Practice - One Day Seminar

Updated 20th May 2016

July 11th 2016


Crowne Plaza hotel, Heythrop Park, Enstone OX7 5UE

This aim of this one day seminar for security professionals will be to cover a range of topics and best practice in implementing security on Government classified contracts. The programme for the day is detailed below and will look at existing requirements as well as future HMG Security policy areas. At the end of each session there will be an opportunity to ask a panel of experts your questions.

This Seminar is open to members and non-members so please bring along your colleagues to this unique event.

Price includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day - £150 per person

To reserve your place please complete the booking form below:

One Day Seminar Booking Form.

Seminar Programme.

CPNI Guidance

Added 17th Nov 2015

Following the recent events in Paris over the weekend, the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) have published some guidance to the security community providing advice on what businesses can do to help protect their sites and employees.

We’d strongly encourage all members to read the advice, which contains links to other CPNI advice and products, and implement as appropriate within your businesses.

If you know of other Security Managers who are not members of DISA please draw their attention to the CPNI information in case they have not seen it.

For more information visit CPNI Guidance Note.

MoD Threat Briefing

Added 21th Aug 2015

The Head of Defence Security in the Ministry of Defence is pleased to invite Security Controllers/Board Level Contacts in MOD List X contractors to attend a security threat briefing in MOD Main Building, Whitehall. London SW1A 2HB on Friday 27 November 2015.

Depending on the numbers wishing to attend, there will be two briefings, starting at 0930 (with attendees required to arrive by 0845) and 1330 (with attendees required to arrive by 1245). Each sessions will last approximately 2½ hours and will be provided by presenters from both the MOD and external agencies and cover a range of threat information that will be of interest to Security Controllers/Board Level Contacts at a security classification level up to UK SECRET.

Given the likely demand, should the briefings be over subscribed, preference will be given to those who did not attend the last briefing given in April. Whilst we have offered an option of morning or afternoon we are unable to guarantee this.

Nuclear Security Group

Added 17th Aug 2015

DISA is pleased to announce the DISA Nuclear Security Group will now be formalised by the creation of a new sub-group available to DISA Members.  This will allow interested members to be participants of both a region and the Nuclear Security Group and will help to gather common issues which DISA can represent with HMG.

Members can visit the Nuclear Security Group pages for more information.

Website Updated.

Added 4th Mar 2015

The DISA Website has had a bit of a revamp. New features include:-
• Ability to sort documents held in the library and search facility.
• Expanded member profiles.
• News area for non-members.
• Event calendar.
• Easier navigation.


Continual Professional Development

DISAUpdated : 28th Jan 2020

DISA announce Continual Professional Development scheme in association with The Security Institute...

GDPR - Fair Processing Notice

DISAUpdated : 27th Apr 2018

DISA Fair Processing Notice...

NFIB - Monthly Update - July 2017

DISAUpdated : 9th Aug 2017

National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s Monthly Fraud Threat Update...

Disclosure & Barring Service

DISAUpdated : 2nd Aug 2017

Changes to the Basic Disclosure Service...

Information Assurance Seminar

DISAUpdated : 31st May 2017

DISA are hosting an Information Assurance One Day Seminar...

NFIB - Ransomware Incident Protect Messaging

DISAUpdated : 15th May 2017

Advice from National Fraud Intelligence Bureau regarding recent Ransomware attack...

Met Police Cyber Protect Briefing

DISAUpdated : 28th Apr 2017

Latest briefing from Met Police Cyber Protect...

Global Cyber Alliance

DISAUpdated : 24th Apr 2017

Presentation by the Global Cyber Alliance...

New Training Qualification

DISAUpdated : 10th Mar 2017

DISA Announce new Training Course Awarding body...

Cyber Essentials Seminar

DISAUpdated : 13th Dec 2016

Presentations from DISA One Day Cyber Essentials Seminar...

CPNI Website Launch

Updated : 28th Nov 2016

Details of an update to the CPNI Website...

DISA Conference.

Updated : 20th Sep 2016

Outline of upcoming DISA Conference.

Lastest DISA e-news Issued.

Updated : 18th Aug 2016

Latest DISA e-news issued - sample article...

List X in Practice Seminar

Updated : 20th May 2016

Details of upcoming DISA One Day Seminar...

CPNI Guidance Note

Updated : 17th Nov 2015

A CPNI guidance note has been published regarding the attacks in Paris on 13th November 2015.

MoD Threat Briefing

Updated : 21th Aug 2015

Invitation to MoD Threat Briefing for List X Contractors.

DISA Website

Updated : 17th Aug 2015

Wedsite Update - Creation of the DISA Nuclear Security Group website pages.

DISA Website

Updated : 4th Mar 2015

Wedsite Update - The DISA Website has had a revamp...

Latest DISA E-News

Updated : Jan 2015

Latest DISA E-News for Dec-Jan Issued...