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A few months ago the Vancouver Security Special Interest Group and (ISC)² Vancouver Chapter had heard that the BC Ministry of Justice wanted to require IT security professionals to be licensed by the Ministry. They already license other types of security workers, including private investigators, security alarm services, and physical security consultants.


Orvin Lau (president of the Vancouver Security SIG and (ISC)² Vancouver Chapter) contacted the Ministry, and found out that they are not looking to license IT security professionals. They are only going to require licensing where the security work enters the physical security realm, and is more than incidental in nature. In a phone conversation with the Director of Security Programs at the Ministry, he was able to confirm the following:

  • PCI QSAs and other auditors, along with IT forensic experts, will not require a license.

  • Consultants who advise on the installation of a video surveillance system (whether for PCI or not) will require a license.

  • Consultants working on SCADA systems will need to check with the Ministry, as they will assess these on a case-by-case basis.

Hopefully this information settles the licensing question, and clears up any misinformation that may be out there.




This entry was posted on May 13, 2014