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Everything you need to know to enable your organisation to thrive in Cyberspace 

Why do you need cybersecurity consultancy? 

Cybersecurity Consultancy is CRITICAL to saving organisations from Major Cybersecurity Incidents . The unstoppable growth of cyber crime means businesses of all sizes and scales need to have their cyber defences in order and look at ways of constantly building on their infrastructure, the skills of their people and make their policies & procedures as foolproof as possible. High-quality Cybersecurity Consultancy can help you achieve that and more to ensure that your business survives & thrives in an environment of growing cyber crime.   

CYBERSECURITY CONSULTANCY SERVICES

A complete Suite of Cyber Security Consultancy Services in the UK for Your Needs

We have three different cybersecurity consultancy services

Cyber Management Alliance has taken the existing approach to consultancy and applied its innovative logic to ensure the best value proposition for all types of organisations in their varying levels of cyber maturity. We have created three types of cybersecurity services that cater to all types and sizes of organisations, including large multinationals, start up and  medium sized to small businesses .  

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The three Types of Services are:

 The three types of services are: 

  • Trusted Advisory 
  • vCISO Act & Build’ or Security as a Service.
  • STACS (Simple Transparent Accessible Cyber Services)

Which service is right for you? 

  • Select Trusted Advisory if you have a resource managing information risk and cybersecurity  (like a CISO or Information Security manager). This is a ‘hands-off’ service where our consultant acts as a ‘Critical Friend’, advising and providing professional advice on cybersecurity, cyber resilience and strategy. As a ‘critical friend’ your dedicated consultant’s job is to analyse and critique your strategy and cyber investments. 

  • Opt for vCISO - Act & Build if you need experienced Information security practitioners to come in and assist in creating and/or maintaining your organisation’s information security framework, to understand the organisational context and create artefacts, to review your compliance with international standards and guidelines and to assist in driving information security initiatives. 

  • Our STACS service is for you if (a) you are looking for a one-time professional review of your organisation’s cyber and risk documentation or  (b) you are looking for a gradual, unhurried increase in your organisation’s cybersecurity maturity or (c) you have a limited budget to spend on cybersecurity but want professional consultants to support you.  

 

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TRUSTED ADVISORY vs vCISO & STACS

What's the difference between the three services?

 

Service Category

Trusted Advisory

vCISO & STACS

Policies & Processes

Advice & guidance on Cyber Resilience, Privacy, Policies & Strategy

Review, refresh & create cybersecurity artefacts including policies & processes

Artefacts

Review and opine on artefacts (policies etc.) Act as a critical friend

Certify-ready organisation including but not limited to ISO 27001:2013, BCP 22301, Cyber Essentials and others

Support & Assistance

Crisis Management Support during an incident. Represent organisations to regulators and auditors

Help prepare organisations for specific audits and assessments. Build internal capability in Cybersecurity, Cyber Resilience & Incident Response

Cybersecurity Capabilities

Oversee and manage existing capabilities/manage ISMS

Align the organisation & related artefacts against a selected standard (ex: ISMS)

Experienced cybersecurity consultants make all the difference

Quality Cybersecurity Consultancy is the key to Organisations Surviving & Thriving in Cyberspace

You may think you’re ‘too big’ or 'too small' to be hit by a computer hacker – think again. Everyone's fair game. Before you throw money at technology solutions or hire a cybersecurity consultant, read our advice on how to select a cybersecurity consultancy and how to ensure they deliver to your requirements.

Where do you find professional cybersecurity consultants?

What should be your KEY requirements when hiring a cybersecurity consultancy firm?


Why Most Cybersecurity Consultancies will drain your budget without delivering any tangible cybersecurity improvements?


You must do this before you hire any cybersecurity consultancy firm.

5 reasons why you shouln't hire an independent contractor as your cybersecurity consultant

What should be your KEY requirements when hiring a cybersecurity consulting firm?

How does the vCISO approach compare to the traditional Cybersecurity Consultancy model?

Selecting the best cybersecurity consultancy for your organisation's cybersecurity success

When should you hire expensive cybersecurity consultants from the Big 5 consultancies?

Most Cybersecurity Consultancies neglect this important point when delivering cybersecurity services

How to define your requirements when hiring a cybersecurity consulting firm?

Why are Cybersecurity Consulting firms unable to deliver satisfactory cybersecurity services?

Should you look to Cybersecurity Consultants for advice on GDPR?

The 5 most important traits to look out for in a Cybersecurity Consultant

Quality Cybersecurity Consultancy is the key to Organisations Surviving & Thriving in Cyberspace

Professional & experienced cybersecurity consultants are the key.

Here are some key guidance points to consider before you hire a cybersecurity consultancy...


Why Independent Contractors are not the right type of Cybersecurity Consultant

Independent contractors are a cost saving option for many different tasks. However, when looking for a good trustworthy cybersecurity consulting firm you should reconsider  hiring an independent contractor as your cybersecurity consultant. 

They are independent and in most cases operate alone as a one person company. They decide to close shop or find permanent employment, you are on your own.  

Yes you can sue them, but you are suing an individual. Regardless if you win or lose, the fact is that you may never get the services promised.

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What should be your KEY requirements when hiring a cybersecurity consultancy UK based firm?

The number of cybersecurity consultancies probably matches the number of stars in the galaxy. That comparison may be a stretch but it makes a point.  

You must know what your requirements are and what you really want from the consultancy before you go to the market. 

  • Don't just go to the Big 5 (as they are commonly called) for your consultancy work. 
  • Define the outcome with both technical and management teams. 
  • Involve the techies equally. Often the techies are ignored and this can cause long-term resentment

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How does the vCISO approach compare to the traditional Cybersecurity Consultancy UK model?

The vCISO model, especially from Cyber Management Alliance, has delivery of excellent quality of services in as little time as possible, as its primary objective. 

To that extent, the CM-Alliance model is based primarily on the number of days a client would require along with the exact deliverables that the client would need. 

The traditional and archaic consultancies are often aiming for LONG residencies with the client and tend to over complicate the solution offerings. 

At CM-Alliance, we have simplified our vCISO model for the non-technical buyer. 

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Selecting the Best Cybersecurity Consultancy for your Organisation's Cybersecurity Success

The Cybersecurity Consultancy field is highly overcrowded with one-person consultancies all the way to the 'Big 5' firms.  The challenge to the buyer is selecting the best provider for their needs. Here are some practical tips:

  • Look for Sincerity: Not an easy analysis, but try to ascertain if the sales person is selling you a ship when all you need is a rowing boat.

  • Speak to the Owner: Not always possible, but a good idea, especially if you are about to spend big. Have a final word with the Cybersecurity Consultancy's owner. 

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When should you hire expensive cybersecurity consultants from the 'Big 5' consultancies?

There will be times you need the services from the bigger and more complicated cybersecurity consultancies. They are often referred to as the 'Big 5'.  Here are some situations when you should consider them:

  • Highly Complicated Transformation Project: It's time to call the Big 5 as they have the wherewithal and the large number of staff needed in this case.

  • Highly Political Office Environment: Some office environments can be highly toxic and consequently job security is often a primary concern. Consider hiring the Big 5 - there is an unsubstantiated saying that 'No one's ever been fired for hiring the Big 5'.  

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Most Cybersecurity Consultancies neglect this important point when delivering cybsecurity services

Cybersecurity is a highly complex domain consisting of hundreds of micro topics, subdomains and more. The US NIST has done a good job and creates 5 'buckets' namely, Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond & Recover. 

The problem lies with the fact that a majority of professionals, not just in cybersecurity, think that complexity is mastery. Their objective is to overwhelm the client with buzzwords and acronyms.

Amar Singh, our CEO, paraphrases a famous quote and says:

"It takes courage & talent to simplify cybersecurity and that's what we do at Cyber Management Alliance Ltd."

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How should you define your requirements when hiring a cybersecurity consulting firm?

Missing or badly defined requirements are one of the biggest reasons why cybersecurity consultancies fail to deliver the client's ask. 

A good cybersecurity consultancy should work with you (ideally without charging you) to help define your requirements. 

For example, we want to get ISO 27001  or Cyber Essentials certified is fine as a high level summary requirement but underneath that you must take some effort and write up what exactly that means for you.  

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Why are Cybersecurity Consulting firms unable to deliver satisfactory cybersecurity services?

In addition to the issue with ill-defined requirements, consultancies themselves face challenges in delivering services to client satisfaction.  Two of the many reasons are: 

  • Insufficient skilled staff: This is a global problem plaguing almost every organisation and cybersecurity consultancies are not spared this challenge. 

  • The second and related challenge is that of staff retention. The highly skilled staff are often tempted away with higher salaries leaving the previous hirer back to square one. 

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Should you look to cybersecurity consultants for advice on GDPR?

GDPR readiness is absolutely essential for businesses who either operate in the EU or work with/process personal data of EU citizens in any way.

Non-compliance with GDPR can cost your business heavily in monetary and reputational terms.

This is why it is a good idea to hire an experienced cybersecurity consultancy to help you become GDPR compliant. However, you need to make sure you only hire a consultancy which has deep experience with GDPR.

The right GDPR consultant can help assess your business's compliance towards GDPR and give you a holistic view of what you can do to make sure your organisation is fulfilling all data privacy and security requirements.

The 5 most important traits to look out for in a cybersecurity consultancy

This list can actually be endless, but here are 5 key points that, in our opinion, you must look out for before hiring a cybersecurity consultant:

  1. Deep, diverse cross-industry experience & expertise.
  2. People Skills: Essential as the consultant may have to help you get business buy-ins & may also have to represent you in front of regulators.
  3. Sincerity: Must be willing to help you out with the least complicated contract & terms of association.
  4. Flexibility: Should work with you on defining requirements even before you start working together.
  5. Make sure they’re backed by a trustworthy & renowned consultancy. This adds an element of stability for you & ensures that they have greater accountability.
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