ThreatAware platform “aims to transform cyber security” for risk-focused managers

Jon Abbott (left) and Steve Thomson (Photo: Simon Jacobs)

Jon Abbott (left) and Steve Thomson (Photo: Simon Jacobs)

A new software platform aims to “transform cyber security” by allowing practising risk and security-focused managers to monitor the whole of their cyber security realm from one single screen. ThreatAware brings together cyber security tools and company-wide compliance procedures on one easy-to-use dashboard, which alerts users to threats, makes clear what actions need to be taken by whom and ensures that they are followed up.

ThreatAware provides a complete framework to help businesses safeguard their operation and comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cyber security standards. Not only does it save time for IT staff, but it also allows them to check that managers in other departments are aware of (and fulfilling) their responsibilities.

ThreatAware has been launched by serial entrepreneurs Jon Abbott and Steve Thomson, co-founders of the London-based MSP Priority One. Thomson is also the founder of data analytics specialist Ebiquity plc.

Abbott, who is CEO of ThreatAware, informed Risk Xtra that he and Thomson had developed the platform in response to their own clients’ needs. “Despite the ever-increasing focus on cyber security, until now there has been no one product to show a business the current state of its protection. ThreatAware saves IT managers having to collect and interpret data from multiple security programs and allows them to see the whole picture at a glance. All-too-often cyber security is seen as the preserve of the IT Department, yet in reality it’s a company-wide challenge. By bringing together tools, people and processes on one screen, ThreatAware co-ordinates the roles of individuals throughout the business, in turn ensuring that everyone plays their part.”

ThreatAware operates with all Best in Class cyber security tools. Webroot anti-virus is bundled as standard, with the enhanced package including Cisco Umbrella and Automox, allowing the platform to detect all devices connected to the network and identify the users.

ThreatAware also comes complete with a framework to manage compliance with the aforementioned GDPR, Cyber Essentials or ISO/IEC 27001:2005 and can be tailored for specific demands (such as those demonstrated by Financial Conduct Authority-regulated firms).

The system provides automated, intelligent monitoring and generates clear red, amber or green alerts which remain visible until fixed. As changes are tracked over time, members of the IT team can monitor trends and be alerted to developing problems. With prices starting at £300 per month plus a small fee per computer, ThreatAware is ideal for firms with anywhere between 35 and 500 users.

Abbott told Risk Xtra that, with cyber security breaches becoming increasingly embarrassing and costly for businesses, ThreatAware has fulfilled the need for a more comprehensive and systematic approach. “Regulators accept that it may not be possible to prevent every breach, but they expect organisations to comply with standards and have safeguards and monitoring in place. ThreatAware brings visibility to cyber security and not only minimises the risk of a breach, but also provides evidence that the business has taken all reasonable steps to prevent one.”

About the Author
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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