The National Cyber Security Strategy has named Dell SecureWorks as one of the IT security providers for the UK Government’s certified Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme. The CIR scheme has been developed to protect UK businesses from cyber threats and to provide clear guidance as to which security service providers companies can turn to for help should they be attacked. The objective of the scheme is to make the UK more resilient to cyber-attacks, and to help businesses recover quickly and with minimum disruption should they suffer an attack. Incident response provides rapid containment of cyber threats, ensuring that a breach impacts a small part of an organisation whenever possible. Once the threat has been completely eradicated, those responsible for security need to ensure that the business is properly protected against future threats by implementing an appropriate and robust security plan. There was a strict criteria that had to be met in order to join the scheme. The selection process required businesses to demonstrate a high level of expertise, a robust methodology in approaching threats and solid experience of handling, containing and recovering from a wide range of cyber-attacks. Don Smith, director of technology, Dell SecureWorks comments,” This is an excellent example of the government working with the private sector to provide organisations with much-needed assistance in a critical area for modern-day enterprises; cyber security. Even in mature IT environments, when faced with advanced and targeted attacks, organisations often require an extra level of assistance and expertise.”
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.