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Institute of Risk Management East Africa Regional Group partners with Serianu Ltd to grow local cyber risk talent

The Institute of Risk Management’s (IRM) East Africa Regional Group (a member body of the IRM in the UK) and Serianu Ltd have agreed to work together on addressing the huge deficit of qualified risk managers in the region coupled with local public and private sector organisations needing critical hand-holding to ensure risks and opportunities within organisations are effectively identified and managed.

The collaboration is bidding to develop a fundamental home-grown cyber risk management framework for the African context which aims to increase the number of competent risk professionals as well as enhance excellence in cyber risk management and reporting.

Serianu Ltd is a pan-African cyber security consulting firm. The business has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the IRM that will engender collaboration on research, training, community out-reach and policy design.

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According to Dorothy Maseke, chair of the IRM’s East Africa Regional Group, Kenya especially needs 1,000 qualified risk management professionals annually, yet over the last three years the population has grown from just under 20 to around 120 today.

“Risk management is a relatively new field of professional practice yet, locally and globally, there’s a major shift by regulators to entrench high risk management standards,” explained Maseke. “Risk has become a core reporting requirement by management as well as a key responsibility of Boards of Directors. For instance, Kenya’s public sector is guided by the Mwongozo Corporate Governance Code which sets out compliance parameters.”

New specialism

Maseke added that risk management had emerged as a new specialism as a result of changing business and public sector operating environments that have shone a spotlight on governance mechanisms. At the same time, the practice of risk management is increasingly credited with identifying great opportunities for innovation even as it seeks out issues that would derail any organisation from achieving its goals at any one time.

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Dorothy Maseke

Threats and opportunities have been a standard in every organisation’s overall strategy for several decades, but now for the first time in corporate governance history, this is firmly set in the risk manager’s scope of work and monitored daily. Maseke noted that, in this way, organisations are also able to clearly assess and derive the benefits from investing in their systems and processes.

Carol Misiko, the East Africa Regional Group’s secretary, added that cyber risk is no longer a back-office IT team issue (although they clearly play a vital role). Misiko noted that today’s enterprise risk management function needs to be able to understand this constantly evolving risk, but also manage, monitor and report on this emerging risk.

Common interest

Speaking during the MoU signing ceremony, Serianu Ltd’s CEO William Makatiani observed that the two institutions have a common interest in growing the knowledge of Boards of Directors and senior management so that they have a strong grasp on emerging events and issues that may affect their organisations.

“We’re collaborating with the Institute of Risk Management to give directors and managers tools and methods that empower them to have a better grasp of cyber risks and opportunities they can exploit,” stated Makatiani. He added that, generally – and especially so in the public sector – the degree of compliance is still quite low and that many highly regulated private sector organisations are yet to get to cross the 50% mark.

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Tackling Economic Crime Awards 2019: Call for Nominations

Entries are now open for the inaugural Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) organised by the World Excellence Awards team who also run the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs).

The TECAs are independent and designed to acknowledge companies, initiatives, individuals and teams who have made an outstanding contribution to tackling economic crime, including any area of fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption.

The awards are free to enter and open to anyone working in the UK and operating in the public, private or third sectors. 

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Commenting on the TECAs, founder Professor Martin Gill CSyP said: “These awards are different. Judges are nominated by fraud specialist associations and groups and all of the leading ones are involved. The Judges mark to an ethics policy and there’s an ethical sponsorship policy in place, too.”   

The entry process is open until 1 August 2019. Nominations are now invited in the following categories:

* Outstanding Manager or Director

* Outstanding Team

* Outstanding Customer Service Initiative

* Outstanding Training Initiative

* Outstanding New Product

* Outstanding Training Initiative

* Outstanding Partnership

* Outstanding Investigator

* Outstanding Policing Initiative

* Outstanding Young Professional

* Outstanding Cyber Company

* Outstanding Female Professional

* Outstanding Prevention Initiative

* Lifetime Achievement Award 

Winners of the TECAs will be announced at a prestigious Awards Ceremony to be held on Monday 9 December at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on London’s Park Lane.

*Information on the nomination criteria and how to enter can be accessed online at www.thetecas.com

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TDSi names ABCA Systems as ‘UK Partner of the Year – North’

Integrated security solutions developer TDSi has announced that ABCA Systems is the company’s ‘UK Partner of the Year – North’. The accolade was recently presented to ABCA’s managing director Philip Miller by TDSi channel partner manager Neil Hughes after IFSEC International 2017.

Speaking after the award was presented, Miller commented: “I’m delighted and proud to accept this award on behalf of the entire team at ABCA. We work very closely with TDSi to ensure our customers receive the best security solutions. We specify TDSi products because they offer outstanding quality of service and value for money, which helps us to provide our clients with very attractive levels of RoI in a highly competitive market. We very much look forward to continuing and growing our highly successful partnership.”

Neil Hughes of TDSi presents the award to ABCA_s Managing Director, Philip Miller

Commenting on the presentation of the award, Neil Hughes added: “ABCA has continuously proven and demonstrated the highest levels of technical expertise, market awareness and professionalism which makes the business an ideal TDSi partner.”

Hughes continued: “Backed by a highly keen interest in the market, ABCA has grown its business with TDSi significantly throughout the last 12 months. A stand-out project has been the access control solution realised in seven schools in South Yorkshire. This award is richly deserved and we’re proud to be forging a continued partnership of success.”

Established back in 1986, ABCA Systems is a UK-wide specialist electrical systems provider with an enviable reputation for experience, expertise and excellence. The company provides myriad products, systems and services to large public sector organisations and private residential homeowners alike.

ABCA specialises in providing and installing multi-disciplined, fully-integrated systems. The company’s proud of its ‘One Call, We Do It All’ tradition, whereby ABCA will survey, design, quote, install and maintain a given security system, in turn eliminating the need for multiple contractors to handle multiple systems.

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BSIA issues White Paper on Information Destruction and revised guidance on Lone Working

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and its Information Destruction Section has announce the publication of a White Paper designed to be used as a guide for public sector agencies and any organisation wishing to benchmark against that sector and provide the correct protocols in the destruction of sensitive items and materials.

The guide references previously published guidance documents from the Cabinet Office and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) in order to promote the required specifications for data destruction and the importance of secure information destruction.

Entitled Information Destruction in the Public Sector, the document specifies which sensitive materials should be securely destroyed. Furthermore, it defines the varying levels of secure information and documents that should be disposed of in the appropriate manner.

Threat profiles are assessed and analysed in tiers of severity, while the White Paper also affords organisations guidance on specifying the desired outcomes that information destruction should produce.

Adam Chandler, chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section, has expressed how the White Paper might serve private sector companies and the public sector as a whole.

The security of information is an issue of paramount importance in the 21st Century,” asserted Chandler. “Data breaches can be more than costly. They can ruin a Government’s credibility as well as a private sector company’s reputation. British organisations must fortify their infrastructure by ensuring standards are upheld and that data is adequately disposed of. By adhering to the standards set by the Government and referenced by the BSIA in this White Paper; citizens, employees and civil servants will be better protected.”

*Download the guide in full at: http://www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/257-information-destruction-in-the-public-sector.aspx

BSIA publishes revised lone worker guidance documents

The BSIA has also just published revisions to two of its lone worker guides.

The revisions have been made to Form 144: A Guide to Buying a Lone Worker Service and Form 288: Lone Workers – An Employer’s Guide in order to reflect recent changes in the lone worker services market.

Form 144: A Guide to Buying a Lone Worker Service provides end users with advice on how to go about procuring a lone worker service that will be right for their business and what information needs to be prepared before a potential supplier is approached.

Form 288: Lone Workers – An Employer’s Guide provides employers with essential information about their responsibilities towards their lone workers as well as detail around what they should expect from a lone worker device, its supplier, an Alarm Receiving Centre and the response.

Steve Lampett, technical officer at the BSIA, explained: “The BSIA’s Lone Worker Section decided to update these very useful guides to reflect changes within the lone worker services market. While many of these changes are minor routine amendments, educating the marketplace is a key objective of the Association. On that basis, ensuring industry guidance is up to date is of vital importance.”

Amendments to the guides include the following:

Form 144: A Guide to Buying a Lone Worker Service

  • Reflection of the new requirement placed on the supplier highlighting the need to be flexible in terms of alarm escalation contacts (including at different times of the day/week, escalation and prioritisation processes)
  • Inclusion of a greater emphasis on the supplier to provide ongoing training options for the customer

Form 288: Lone Workers – An Employer’s Guide

  • Changes from BS 8484:2009 to BS 8484:2011
  • Addition of the provision for using the services of BS 8591 Category 2 Alarm Receiving Centres
  • Health and Safety Executive guidance updates
  • Reflecting the name change of the Association of Chief Police Officers by replacing it with the National Police Chiefs’ Council

Craig Swallow, chairman of the BSIA’s dedicated Lone Worker Section, stated: “We wanted to ensure that our guidance remains up to date and continues to be useful for end users to refer to when procuring a lone worker service. The Section therefore felt it necessary to update both Form 144 and Form 288. We expect further changes will need to be made to these forms and other BSIA lone worker publications when the current revision of BS 8484 has been completed in 2016.”

*The updated versions of Form 144 and 288 are available to download free of charge from the BSIA’s website: www.bsia.co.uk

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British Security Industry Association issues new Public Sector Guide on Information Destruction

The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) specialist Information Destruction Section has announced the publication of a White Paper on the subject of Information Destruction to be used by public sector entities. 

The White Paper is designed to be used as a guide for public sector agencies – and any organisation wishing to benchmark against that sector – that will provide the correct protocols in the destruction of sensitive items and materials.

This new guidance references previous documents published by the UK Cabinet Office and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure in order to promote the required specifications for data destruction and the importance of secure information destruction in general.

The BSIA's Guide to Information Destruction in the Public Sector

The BSIA’s Guide to Information Destruction in the Public Sector

Entitled ‘Information Destruction in the Public Sector’, the BSIA’s document specifies which sensitive materials should be securely destroyed. Furthermore, it defines the varying levels of secure information and documents that must be disposed of in the appropriate manner.

Threat profiles are assessed and analysed in tiers of severity, while the White Paper also affords organisations guidance on specifying the desired outcomes that information destruction should produce.

Adam Chandler

Adam Chandler

Adam Chandler, Chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section, has expressed his views on how the White Paper might serve private sector companies as well as the public sector.

“The security of information is an issue of paramount importance in the 21st Century,” asserted Chandler. “Data breaches can be more than costly. They can ruin a Government’s credibility as well as a private sector company’s reputation. British organisations must fortify their infrastructure by ensuring standards are upheld and that data is adequately disposed of. By adhering to the standards set by the Government and referenced in this BSIA White Paper, citizens, employees and civil servants alike will all be better protected.”

*Download a copy of ‘Information Destruction in the Public Sector’ here: http://www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/257-information-destruction-in-the-public-sector.aspx

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Reliance High-Tech announces record-breaking annual financials as revenues rise by 24%

Reliance High-Tech has delivered record annual results thanks to the company’s continued focus on operational excellence and IP technology designed to provide a new breed of solutions for its corporate and public sector end user customers.

A continued orientation towards high security customers across the police service, the utilities, the lone worker and corporate markets, coupled with solutions infused by specialist technology, has resulted in a diversity of new applications and a leading position in high security markets for the Reading-based integrated security specialist.

“By focusing on the right technology and markets and coupling this with strong execution, we’ve created a unique position and advantage,” affirmed managing director Terry Sallas. “We’re winning new customers. Our revenues have grown by 24% and operating margins have improved by 6%.”

Reliance High-Tech has enjoyed a record-breaking year

Reliance High-Tech has enjoyed a record-breaking year

Consolidating its position as a leading solutions provider for both demanding and regulated environments, Reliance High-Tech continues to build on its solid and strong reputation for addressing complex security and technology issues, in turn creating long-term relationships and securing major framework agreements.

“A long term view allows us to capitalise on technology trends and invest in our customers,” urged Sallas. “We will continue building our eco-system of partners and creating new services and value for end user customers, particularly in the era of the cloud.”

In conclusion, Sallas told Risk UK: “By any measure, our performance over the last year has been outstanding. We’re now building on that success. We will continue investing in processes, IT infrastructure and people as we focus on moving even closer to our customers and delivering industry-leading solutions and service levels.”

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Advent IM confirmed as cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government

Holistic security consultancy and a member of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, Advent IM Ltd has announced its confirmed status as cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government.

The announcement follows on from the company’s long-standing and successful supplier relationships with several Government departments.

The cyber certification scheme is administrated by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and enables certified cyber security suppliers to Government to be able to publicise the fact. This offers a distinct advantage to those businesses, further enables the Government’s plan to work with more SMEs and also supports the export of UK cyber security expertise.

Speaking about the news, Advent IM director Julia McCarron told Risk UK: “The supply of specialist IA consultancy services to the UK Government is the foundation upon which Advent IM was built and this remains a very important sector for us. As an SME, we value the relationships we have with Her Majesty’s Government’s departments and agencies. Being awarded this status is important for our continued partnership development in this area and we’re delighted that we’ve been recognised as an official cyber security solution provider.”

Advent IM joins other members of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster who have been recognised for their contribution to UK Government cyber security by being part of this scheme.

Advent IM has announced the company’s confirmed status as a cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government

Advent IM has announced the company’s confirmed status as a cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government

Holistic security management solutions

Advent IM is an independent specialist consultancy focusing on holistic security management solutions for information, people and physical assets across both the public and private sectors.

Established in 2002, Advent IM is a Centre of Excellence for security services, promoting the benefits of Best Practice guidelines and standards and the need to address risk management to protect against potential threats.

From offices in the Midlands and London, Advent IM’s consultants work nationwide and are members of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS), the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), The Security Institute, the Business Continuity Institute and the British Computer Society.

Julia McCarron: director at Advent IM

Julia McCarron: director at Advent IM

Advent IM consultants are also lead auditors relating to the international standards for Information Security Management (ISO 27001) and Business Continuity Management (ISO 22301), practitioners of PRINCE2 (a recognised project management methodology widely used within the public sector), CISSP-qualified and Home Office-trained physical security assessors.

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