British Standards Institution launches ‘Cyber Security and Information Resilience’ business stream

The new business stream entitled ‘Cyber Security and Information Resilience’ represents a consolidation of Espion into the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) Professional Services operation, also demonstrating the BSI’s commitment to building a robust portfolio in this domain having acquired UK cyber security and assurance expert Info-Assure in October last year. Now, a year after being acquired by the BSI, Espion is changing its name to BSI and will also adopt the well-recognised BSI visual brand.

Espion’s managing director Colman Morrissey, director Colm Murphy and Info-Assure’s managing director Martin Walsham will all become directors of this new business stream. The Centre of Excellence will offer a range of solutions to help clients protect and secure infrastructures, meet their regulatory and compliance obligations, keep people safe and maintain reputation and trust.

Colman Morrissey stated: “Our first year with BSI has realised the strong strategic and cultural fit between our organisations which is benefiting both our clients and employees. Besides the logo and website, it’s ‘business as usual’ for our customers. We look forward to the next phase of integration with excitement and enthusiasm. The future will see us expanding the depth, global reach and impact of our services through knowledge acquisition, investment in innovation, adherence to leading industry standards and the enhancement of methodologies.”

Mark Basham, managing director of BSI for the EMEA region, added: “Information resilience is a crucial ingredient in the overall success of an organisation. We’re meeting our customers’ information security needs with world-class professional services. Our capabilities are enabling us to deliver the right solutions that have a positive impact and help embed excellence, subsequently increasing the resilience of a given client’s information systems and processes.”

Cyber Security and Information Resilience further cements the BSI’s position as the recognised authority on information resilience having been the originator of the internationally-recognised ISO 27000 series of Information Security Standards.

BSI is also the global leader in providing training and certification to ISO 27001, the established Best Practice benchmark in Information Security Management Systems.


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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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