Businesses are now able to benefit from the cyber security expertise that Government agencies enjoy thanks to the efforts of Dorset-based company C3IA Solutions. Set up by former personnel from the Royal Corps of Signals, the company provides highly-skilled operatives that are embedded into top-level state-centric operations. Now, though, they have “emerged from the shadows” to offer their services on a commercial level.
The company has developed ‘Security Management Partnerships’ that are being taken up by an increasing number of businesses to help them meet growing cyber security requirements. Rather than being based at companies full-time, the experts involved spend a set number of days each month within a business and are always available for consultation.
The operatives help to take companies through compliance with the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and see them through the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials certification.
Matt Horan, security director of C3IA Solutions which is based in Poole, said: “What we decided to do was replicate for businesses what we offer Government agencies, but obviously on a slimmed down scale. We found that businesses were concerned about the GDPR and wanted Cyber Essentials certification, but also advice on all aspects of their cyber security. On that basis, we developed these ‘Security Management Partnerships’ to give expert advice and offer peace of mind to businesses. Our members of staff are highly qualified and experienced and able to provide practical assistance on all aspects of cyber security. They can test systems and networks, provide advice on laptop and media encryption and guide businesses through cyber and information security issues.”
Horan continued: “We place them with a company for a set number of days per month and they can be contacted for ad hoc queries. Already, we’re working with businesses in the finance, legal, insurance, maritime and general security areas. Businesses are beginning to realise the importance of cyber security and information assurance, but often don’t know where to start. We offer a helping hand and provide affordable expertise, advice and assistance.”
In conclusion, Horan informed Risk UK: “When the Government launched the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) it was public-facing, so we decided to open ourselves up to support it and deliver our services to the commercial sector. We were one of the first businesses to be certified by the NCSC as a cyber consultancy. Through our engagement, we’re now developing great relationships with many businesses.”
*For further information access www.c3ia.co.uk