Top-level cyber security assistance now available to businesses via C3IA Solutions

Matt Horan

Matt Horan

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.”

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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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