Cybersecurity Consultancy is CRITICAL to keeping your organisation protected against the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape.
Organisations across geographies and sectors need to assess their cyber security requirements carefully and have their cyber defences in order, besides looking at ways of constantly building on their infrastructure, the skills of their people and making their policies & procedures as foolproof as possible.
High-quality Cybersecurity Consultancy can help you achieve that. External cybersecurity experts can provide an objective and detailed view of your existing cybersecurity posture and the gaps that currently exist in it. Our highly experienced consultants can then help you plug those gaps with the right audits and assessments, a review of your existing Cyber Incident Response Plans, Procedures and Processes, targetted employee training and improved cybersecurity strategy. They can also help you achieve regulatory compliance and meet cybersecurity standards that demonstrate your commitment to the security of your business and customer data, and help you avoid regulatory fines and penalties.
We offer three different types of cybersecurity consultancy services; Choose the one that suits your needs!
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 and cyber security awareness. We have created three types of cybersecurity consulting services that cater to all types and sizes of organisations, including large multinationals, start-ups and medium-sized to small businesses.
More information on each of these services and which one might be right for you is available in the next few sections.
vCISO & STACS
Policies & Processes
Advice & guidance on Cyber Resilience, Privacy, Policies & Strategy
Review, refresh & create cybersecurity artefacts including policies & processes
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
Oversee and manage existing capabilities/manage ISMS
Align the organisation & related artefacts against a selected standard (ex: ISMS)
Professional & experienced cybersecurity consultants are the key.
Here are some key guidance points to consider before you hire a cybersecurity consultancy...
Independent contractors are a cost saving option for many different tasks. However, when looking for a good, trustworthy cyber consulting firm you should reconsider hiring an independent contractor as your cybersecurity consultant.
They are independent cybersecurity consultants 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.
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 information security consulting requirements are and what you really want from the consultancy before you go to the market.
The Virtual CISO model, especially from Cyber Management Alliance, has one primary objective - that of delivery of excellent quality of services in as little time as possible.
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 and our overall Cyber Security Advisory Services for the non-technical buyer.
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:
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:
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. Look out for Information Security Consulting service providers who simplify, instead of complicate, cybersecurity for you.
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."
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.
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:
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.
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:
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