Esoteric awarded Cyber Essentials certification by IASME in wake of audited review

Esoteric, the global counterespionage and electronic bug sweeping company, has just announced that, in the wake of a thorough and audited review of its information systems and processes, the business has been awarded Cyber Essentials certification by IASME.

Accreditation demonstrates the company’s commitment to information security, providing assurances to its myriad clients and partners who entrust the Old Woking-based business with their valuable and sensitive information.

“Information security is our top priority,” explained Emma Shaw MBA CSyP FSyl FCMI, Esoteric’s managing director, in conversation with Risk UK. “The Cyber Essentials accreditation shows our commitment to continual process improvement and the importance we afford to safeguarding sensitive information.”

Cyber Essentials is designed to help organisations implement protection regimes against cyber attack, demonstrating that they take cyber security seriously. The five basic controls within Cyber Essentials were chosen because, when properly implemented, they will help to protect against unskilled Internet-based attackers using commodity capabilities which are freely available on the Internet.

As of 1 October 2014, Cyber Essentials became a minimum requirement for bidding on some Government contracts (

*For further information about Cyber Essentials visit www.cyberstreetwise.comcyberessentials

Emma Shaw MBA CSyP FSyl FCMI: managing director at Esoteric

Emma Shaw MBA CSyP FSyl FCMI: managing director at Esoteric

Esoteric works discreetly with corporations and Government departments globally to safeguard private information and conversations from illicit eavesdropping devices. The company believes in delivering a strategic approach that assists clients in understanding the risks facing their business.

At the heart of Esoteric’s philosophy is providing strategic guidance to implement Best Practice systems, policies and procedures and undertaking appropriate measures specifically designed to address the threat of potential, attempted and actual attacks from competitors, criminals, overseas agencies and employees.

The company’s services include the development of counterespionage/security strategies and policy implementation, Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM)/electronic bug sweeping, specialist TSCM training and espionage awareness briefings, cyber epionage response and review, forensic investigations and the supply of critical information protection products (including the ‘E-Room’ 24/7 monitoring sensor, mobile phone detectors and mobile phone blockers).

*Further information is available online at:


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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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