The NIS Directive explained – compliance and guidance

NIS Directive explained









The Chinese have just celebrated the start of The Year of the Dog. But for anyone with responsibility for data security in their organisation, it’s very much ‘The Year of Regulation’. You’ll have heard plenty about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but what about the European Union’s other piece of security legislation, the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive?

May is going to be a busy month in cyber security, with the NIS Directive being transposed into national law on 9th May, quickly followed by the GDPR on 25th May – as if you needed reminding. Continue reading “The NIS Directive explained – compliance and guidance” »

Measuring and understanding cyber security effectiveness – where do you start?

Cyber Security Measurement









“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”

Peter Drucker

This classic quote from management guru Peter Drucker is equally applicable to the measurement challenge we face in information security. 

If we can’t (or don’t) measure, how can we identify if we’ve been successful with our security initiatives? For example, is a lack of security incidents an indication of success? If so, how can we demonstrate it? Likewise, without evidence of what is working (and where) – how can we justify often significant security expenditure – or indeed, make effective security decisions?

In this article we’ll take an introductory look at the use of metrics to measure cyber security effectiveness (sometimes also referred to as ‘security maturity’) with dashboards and benchmarking. We will also reference existing frameworks and models and provide links for you to explore in more depth. Continue reading “Measuring and understanding cyber security effectiveness – where do you start?” »

What can you do when a patch goes wrong?









Your systems are updating… and new patches are being installed. In theory, your security is being updated to optimum performance levels – or is it?

In our work as cyber security advisors (including as accredited Cyber Essentials (CE) and Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) assessors), we carry out a range of technical tests to determine if clients’ systems are adequate to protect them from the vast majority of low level cyber threats. One of these tests covers patch management – a patch being a piece of software designed to update a computer program or its supporting data.

Although meant to fix security vulnerabilities and other bugs, patching can sometimes introduce new problems or, in worst case scenarios, server failure. Whether you are a large organisation or a small or medium enterprise (SME), this can be damaging. So, to help you do what you can to prevent patching problems, we share some of our experiences and offer some prevention tips. Continue reading “What can you do when a patch goes wrong?” »

A look back at cyber security in 2017

2017 cyber security year in focus









If ever there was an article that started with a prediction that came true – it was our very first post of 2017, looking at the year ahead.

We quoted John Chambers, CEO of Cisco who had recently said “There are two types of organisation: those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they’ve been hacked.” We predicted it would increasingly be a case of ‘not if but when’. And, as we all know by now, this year it was very much ‘when’.

So, join us for a look back at some of the cyber security issues and incidents we covered in 2017. Continue reading “A look back at cyber security in 2017” »

BIM, Security and the Building Lifecycle

Building Information Modelling, London skyline










In our previous articles on Building Information Modelling (BIM) we have explained how information security should be part of implementing BIM for construction projects.

In this latest article we look at how the risks to information on construction and refurbishment projects change over the course of the building lifecycle, and what measures can be put in place to manage those risks. Continue reading “BIM, Security and the Building Lifecycle” »

GDPR: What does the Regulation require when capturing consent?

GDPR: Capturing consent









The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) brings with it new requirements for the capture and use of consent to process personal data, along with new puzzles and misconceptions about the requirement for its use for data controllers.

Whilst we await publication of new guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office on consent, we’re taking a look at the options around consent and the legality of processing data. Continue reading “GDPR: What does the Regulation require when capturing consent?” »

Seven steps to designing a resilient Cyber Security Programme

Cyber attack, data breach image in shape of an eye









The reality for most organisations is that, despite their best cyber defences, they are going to experience a cyber-attack at some point. A resilient cyber security programme is all about the ability to not only deter and resist attacks – but also to detect and recover from them, returning to normal operation with minimal downtime.

Government has urged all sectors of the UK business community to improve their resilience to cyber-attacks and has introduced several initiatives to support this – such as the Cyber Essentials Scheme (CES). Of necessity, these initiatives are supportive in nature – it is still down to individual organisations to put into place the necessary strategy and technology to improve their resilience to cyber-attack. Continue reading “Seven steps to designing a resilient Cyber Security Programme” »

Are you sure it’s just an RMADS you need?



The case for a considered approach to Information Assurance on MOD projects

“Just get a contractor in to write an RMADS when we’ve finished testing the system.”

How many times have we heard those fateful words?  And how many times have we put our heads in our hands and almost cried?

“What’s the problem?” you may ask. Well, in this article, we’ll explain.

We’ll make a balanced case for why your approach to Information Assurance (IA – making sure your information stays secure) would benefit from a more holistic approach. Continue reading “Are you sure it’s just an RMADS you need?” »

The one-stop guide to cyber security advice (Part 2)









Last month we published the first of a two-part series on the best cyber security guides and articles on the web. It covered advice on educating your employees about cyber security, guidance for the board and tips for small and micro businesses.

The article was written for anyone increasingly concerned about the threat to their data and looking for advice – you can re-visit part-one here.

This month, in part-two, we point our lens at ransomware, the insider threat, guidance for suppliers to HM Government and there’s even a plain English guide to all that cyber security jargon. Continue reading “The one-stop guide to cyber security advice (Part 2)” »

The one-stop guide to cyber security advice (Part 1)

Best cyber guides reviewed









It’s always the big cyber security attacks that steal the headlines, but dig a little deeper and there are everyday stories of hacker inflicted misery – many of which could have been prevented.

So, if you are increasingly concerned about the threat to your own data and are looking for advice, this guide is for you.

It’s part one of a two-part series reviewing the ‘best of’ the many respected sources of cyber security advice available, with some of our most popular articles included. Continue reading “The one-stop guide to cyber security advice (Part 1)” »

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