Now more than ever, threats to information and data are a risk to businesses.
With the threats being so wide-ranging and fast-changing, many larger businesses are bringing in designated full-time information security specialist staff with the appropriate accreditation and experience.
The technical and non-technical aspects of Information Security
If your company is employing a full-time information security specialist, the UK accreditations to look out for include those issued by BSC (British Computer Society), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), IBITGQ (International Board of IT Governance Qualifications), ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association), ISC (International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium), IISP (Institute of Information Security Professionals), among others.
Apart from accreditation, it is vital to look at non-technical aspects. The reason is all organisations are essentially human-oriented and all security implementations are carried out by humans. No amount of software or tools can replace that yet. Also, the information security experts who are supposed to safeguard your business must also understand how your business operates. Without the business knowledge, the work is only for the sake of security and won’t help your business flourish.
Another non-technical aspect to consider is legal because all forms of investigative work have a significant crossover with the law. It is imperative that your IT experts understand compliance and can meet the requirements set forth by the government or spelt out on contractual terms with your clients.
How Blackhawk Intelligence can help with security
No organisation, be it small or big, is safe from information, data, as well as cybersecurity threats. And the answer generally requires more thoughts than just having ‘a strong password’ policy.
At Blackhawk Intelligence, our team of specialist security experts understands that for many businesses, the only line of defence when it comes to data protection and IP protection is a policy which often is not strictly enforced. This is why we work relentlessly with companies of all sizes across the UK and beyond, keeping their business safe by suggesting ways in which their security infrastructure could be improved. They include but are not limited to:
- Changes to your IT infrastructure
- Enhanced personnel security
- More stringent employee background checks
- Creating a security strategy that is tailored to your business model
- Creating a risk report
- Creating a security response plan
In particular, we excel at working with you to establish a comprehensive security response plan spanning the following areas:
- Forming a response team preferably from members in different roles
- Identifying scenarios and their impact, including the extent of the damage caused
- Establishing guidelines to contain an incident should it occur
- Having steps to eradicate the incident
- Setting out recovery processes so your business can resume operation quickly
- Reviewing all the work after an incident and adjusting your response plan if necessary
In the event that your company wants to pursue legal action against the perpetrators, it is best to contact our team of forensic investigation experts first.
Alternatively, give us a call on +44 (0)20 8108 9317. We will work with you to assess how secure your business is currently and work with you to improve your overall business security.
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This post is intended to provide information of general interest about current business issues. It should not replace professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances.