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About governance & compliance

Governance dictates how an organisation operates and performs. Having good corporate governance in place is a sign of a healthy organisation where everything is done to mitigate risks, protect its people and maximise performance. Governance, risk management and compliance are managed by strict frameworks and policies to optimise their effectiveness.

Every organisation has to comply with legislation, laws or regulations. In the case of data protection legislation known as GDPR, for example, technology plays a crucial role to ensure personal and sensitive information is securely handled, stored and shared.

Why you need governance & compliance

Technology is an essential element of information management. As a Cyber Essentials and IASME accredited company, our security consultants can provide valuable advice and expertise to help your business achieve key data security objectives.

Organisations in competitive markets rely on delivering consistent service to enhance their reputation and drive growth. Wide-ranging legislation such as GDPR as well as industry-specific regulations such as PCI DSS for the payment card industry exists to protect organisations and consumers from data breaches and fraud.

Governance & compliance benefits

  • Increases brand trust and reputation
  • Reduces the likelihood of accumulating penalties for non-compliance
  • Increases regulatory compliance

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Cybersecurity framework

1 – Identify – The ‘identify’ phase covers the information security governance, business processes, asset management, risk management and allows the company to assess its cyber risk prior to an attack in order to allow planning for all phases to take place.  This phase should always be revisited after an attack has occurred as it serves to prevent another attack of the same kind.

2 – Protect – The ‘protect’ phase is designed to actively prevent an attack from being successful. This stage consists of a GDPR “Technical Measures” requirement and may also contain “Organisational Measures” designed to prevent a successful attack.  The measures are a direct result of your information risk assessment created under the “Identify” phase.

3 – Detect – The ‘detect’ phase provides methods to detect a successful attack.  A company cannot assume an attacker will always be thwarted and the “Detect” phase ensures that should any of the protective measures fail – the company can detect and respond (Phase 4) to a breach at the earliest opportunity.

4 – Respond – The ‘respond’ phase details the company’s response to a successful attack – one which may have been detected by the measures in the “Detect phase” or by other means – such as a third party informing the company.  The respond phase is considered critical in organisational cybersecurity planning as it defines the actions needed to stop the attack and move into the recovery phase.

5 – Recover – Once the cyber-attack has been stopped and prevented from causing further damage, recovery work must be undertaken to restore services to business as usual.  The recovery phase will also include feedback into the “identify” phase to assess how to prevent a similar attack from being successful in future.

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