Monthly Archives: January 2015

Francis Maude visits Midlands Cyber Security Firm

The Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP called in to meet the team at a West Midlands based Cyber Security Consultancy today.

Today, Advent IM was pleased to host a visit by the Rt. Hon Francis Maude MP as part of his remit as the Minister for Cyber Security. 

AdventIMMDMikeGillespiewithFrancisMaudeMr. Maude met with co-founders of Advent IM, Mike Gillespie and Julia McCarron, to find out more about the cyber security work the company delivers as the UK’s leading independent information security consultancy, its history, ethos and the challenges they face as an SME. 

Topics were wide and varied. Mike Gillespie explained the principles of a holistic and risk based approach to security and Mr Maude was particularly interested in how this translated into solid governance in business. Mr Maude was also keen to find out more about threat convergence and how cyber threats can now impact our physical environments and steps we can take to mitigate those threats. 

Francis Maude and Mike Gillespie Copyright Advent IM ltdThe team expanded on Advent IM’s development of cyber security training courses specifically for the Police in the areas of SIRO and IAO responsibilities and accountability, general cyber security awareness training opportunities currently being developed and Advent IM’s mentoring approach to consultancy delivery, ensuring it is seen by those involved as a business enabler. 

Mr Maude and the team discussed the merits of the G-Cloud procurement process and how there is room to improve perception that it is more for technology purchases than consultancy, and how Government is starting to drive the requirement for best practice information security and ISO27001 through its outsourced service providers.  Changes to the Government Security Classification scheme and the lack of understanding on its application were touched on, as were the issues faced by local authorities in connecting to PSN and how the latest changes would impact on those connecting or acting as a provider. 

Mr Maude also took the time to discuss areas of work with members of Advent staff from our Consultancy, Marketing and Sales teams and the challenges they face with implementing and promoting cyber security within the UK, and spoke to our Business Administration Apprentice on his social media role within the company. 

The visit, which lasted approximately an hour, was a privilege to host for Advent IM. “We appreciate the time Mr. Maude has taken to visit us today,” said Advent IM’s Operations Director Julia McCarron. “As Cyber security specialists a number of us have attended events where Mr Maude was present but we rarely have the opportunity to discuss what is happening in the market with him or air our views fact-to-face. To be singled out and given the chance to discuss our company, the industry and involve all of our staff in that forum was an honour for the team.”  

Mr Maude thanked everyone for a useful exchange of views and thoughts before departing for his next appointment.

 

Issued:  21 Jan 2015                        Ends                                     Ref: VIP- 210115 Advent

 

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

About Advent IM

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 its offices in the Midlands and London, its Consultants work nationwide and are members of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS), Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), The Security Institute (SyI), Business Continuity Institute and British Computer Society.

Consultants are also Lead Auditors for the International standard 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.

Cyber Security Solution suppliers to HM Government..

**PRESS RELEASE**

Advent IM Recognised as Cyber Security Solution Supplier to HM Government

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Media Contact: Ellie Hurst

 +44 (0) 121 559 6699,

bestpractice@advent-im.co.uk

Date :13.01.15

Holistic Security Consultancy and member of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, Advent IM Ltd, have today announced their confirmed status as Cyber Security Solution suppliers to HM Government.

Advent IM today announced their confirmed status as Cyber Security Solution providers to HM Government, following their longstanding and successful supplier relationships with several government departments. The scheme is administrated by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and enables certified cyber security suppliers to Government to be able to publicise the fact. This offers a distinct advantage to those businesses, enables the Government’s plan to work with more SME’s and also supports the export of UK cyber security expertise.

Advent IM Director, Julia McCarron said, “The supply of specialist IA consultancy services to the UK Government is the foundation upon which Advent IM was built and remains a very important sector for us. As an SME we value the relationships we have with HM Government departments and agencies and being awarded this status is important for our continued partnership development in this area. Therefore we are delighted that we have 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 HM Government cyber security by joining this scheme.

 

 

Issued:  130115                 Ends                                                    Ref: HMGCyber130115 – Advent –

 NOTES TO EDITORS

 

About Advent IM

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 its offices in the Midlands and London, its Consultants work nationwide and are members of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS), Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), The Security Institute (SyI), Business Continuity Institute and British Computer Society.

Consultants are also Lead Auditors for the International standard 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.

 

Watch out for those iPhone/iPad phishing emails

For reasons far too dull to expand upon, there were no Apple products in my stocking this year. I have however, had a mountain of email telling me to click through various links in order to re-register my iPad, to download a free app or piece of music, and a variety of other things. Also for my iPhone (that I don’t have) a variety of free apps and other vital pieces of software I must have/register or otherwise obtain. I hope that you have not been subjected to any of this opportunistic phishing. For that is what it is.

ID-10067364Given that Apple products dominated Christmas this year in terms of phones and tablets, it looks like a safe bet for a phisher. Add to that some of the recipients might be kids/inexperienced/slightly merry on Christmas day and therefore more likely to click an unexpected link or file and thereby deliver the toxic payload or whatever the email was designed to do..

At this point I would refer you to my previous post about making sure you are allowed to use your device on your employers networks, before you actually do. Especially if you have not been careful about what you have clicked on when you had your party hat on…

Happy 2015 everyone.