With over 18 years’ experience in providing cyber security services to Government; local government, Defence, central government, blue light services, NHS and others, Cyber Smart Associates are experts in protecting public data systems.
Our Managed Security Services have been designed to deliver against NCSC Guidance & Standards, such as assuring supply chain security, & Cloud Security. Our Cyber Security Consultancy Team also offers Certified Cyber Professionals who can deliver a range of specialist outcomes for UK government projects.
If you are delivering a technology holding sensitive information you will almost certainly be required to ensure the system meets National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidelines & other standards used by Government Departments & Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) Organisations. If you do not address this up-front, the project can suffer technical debt resulting in cost over-runs and reduction in productivity, potentially damaging reputations too.
We ensure that our Consultants are certified by the NCSC’s Certified Cyber Professional (CCP) Scheme. Many of our Consultants also hold other certifications, but the CCP Scheme has evolved and improved over a long time and has the most rigorous route for certification, which means that we can offer the quality of expertise and service that cannot be matched by volume employers.
Our Certified Cyber Professionals have a wealth of experience in understanding the risks to government systems and identifying appropriate controls to mitigate those risks. We have been successfully augmenting Project Delivery Teams and delivering a broad range of cyber security services to Government and its suppliers since our inception in 2012. We reduce the dreaded project risks of time and cost over-run, and our consultants have strong relationships with Accreditors – we have number of consultants who were previously in similar roles which gives us a good understanding of deliverable expectations, & security concerns. If your project needs to meet specific government cyber security standards, we can help you achieve this goal first time.
Many people assume that being a cyber security professional is all about writing documents but that is only a small aspect of the job. Our consultants bring a real understanding of information risks and how to mitigate them in the most efficient way. Resources are always in short supply, even more so in the current economic climate and should only be allocated to reduce identified risks, not just because a standard or best practice says so. Security controls cost money, so you need to be assured of their necessity and their effectiveness.
A competent Security Assurance Co-ordinator (SAC) is vital to the success of any MoD project seeking formal security accreditation. Working for the project team, the SAC provides advice and guidance on all aspects of Cyber Security, Information Assurance (IA), Accreditation and Risk Management.
For Businesses that are planning ‘Cloud First’ Transformation strategies, our cloud security architecture assessment service gives an objective assessment of your compliance readiness with the 14 Cloud Security Principles, or the Cloud Security Alliance’s Cloud Controls Matrix (CSA CCM). Our Service is listed on the G-Cloud 11 Framework under Lot ‘Cloud Support’.
With our NIST CSF Alignment Service we typically start by developing a profile that describes an organisations current cyber security activities and their outcomes. We then develop a target profile, or adopt a baseline profile that has been tailored to better match its critical infrastructure sector or the type of organisation.
The risk assessment process identifies, analyses and evaluates risk, and ensures that the cyber security controls you choose are appropriate to the risks your organisation faces. Conducting a risk assessment can be a complicated undertaking, especially for organisations that don’t know what standard to measure their efforts against. Our qualified cyber security advisers will provide business-driven consultation on the overall process of assessing information risk.
Cyber Smart Associates Security Architects can augment your development teams to support secure design and integration of solutions across the enterprise networks and applications. Our Architects are well versed in architectural frameworks such as TOGAF, MODAF and SABSA so whether your need is for technical support at the enterprise abstract or whether you need a solutions focus, they can help ensure that your information systems are secure by design.
As part of the Government’s £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy to protect the UK in cyber space, the NIS Regulations provide legal measures to boost the overall level of security (both cyber and physical resilience) of network and information systems that are critical for the provision of digital services (online marketplaces, online search engines, cloud computing services) and essential services (transport, energy, water, health, and digital infrastructure services).
We can conduct an ICS security review that highlights risks to your OT including technical deployment and operational processes. Our review will help you manage risk over the lifetime of your system(s) and will include a detailed technical examination of your operational system’s implementation and the supporting business processes that maintain them.
We offer two levels of cyber training: Awareness level giving newcomers a thorough foundation in cyber security, and Application level in-depth courses for professional development. Training is delivered by practicing cyber security consultants all of whom, possess a minimum of 20 years in the implementation of Cyber Security & Information Assurance for global organisations.
Companies depend on third-party service providers to host or manage their information. Businesses stay competitive by using multiple customer and vendor relationships and accessing specialised solutions and skills. This advantage, however, offers challenges around third-party data security, proliferating regulatory and compliance requirements.
Our Certified Cyber Professionals work at any stage of the project from the Concept & feasibility progressing the security function through Design, Develop, and Operate phases. Our primary aim is to de-risk delivery from a security perspective providing you with more certainty and confidence in the outcome. The cyber security consultancy services we provide are flexible so can differ between customer and project but in general we are working as part of your team in the delivery of a solution. Our advisers follow a standard process:
Throughout the process, ensure risks and risk management solution are appropriately and proportionally documented.
TAILORED PRAGMATIC ADVICE
Our Cyber Security Architects leverage deep industry expertise, market leading technologies and technical skill to help organisations detect, understand and respond effectively to cyber incidents.
SUITABLY QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCE PROFESSIONALS
All our Certified Consultants are rigorously selected by us and possess at least 10 years’ experience in the Private (Finance & Businesses) and Public (HMG & Defence) ICT delivery environments. Our Security Architects have extensive experience in the development, deployment and management of sensitive systems around the world. This experience helps us to understand Threat Agent capabilities used to exploit any potential technical vulnerabilities of Communication and Information Systems (CIS) employed by our clients nationally.
The geographical reach and quality & depth of our consultancy team enables an agile approach allowing us to deliver highly flexible, cost effective, immediate, individual or team-based solutions anywhere in the UK.
EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN COMPLIANCE FRAMEWORKS
Our Architects have extensive experience in a number of Enterprise and Solutions Architecture methodologies and private and public sector Compliance frameworks including AWS Cloud Security, Azure Cloud, GCP, NIST CSF, ISO/IEC: 27001, COBiT, PCI/DSS, the Security Policy Framework (SPF), the Defence Manual of Security (JSP440) and NCSC schemes such as Cyber Essentials.
DEPENDABLE & FLEXIBLE APRROACH
Effective Information Risk Management is critical for any organisation. With ever-changing threats and regulations, we work with our clients to deliver a cost-effective approach to managing their risks, without being so restrictive that it hinders their day to day operations or agile delivery.
OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE
At Cyber Smart Associates we pride ourselves on being able to help customers make the best choices for them. Our commitment to providing superior quality services and customer engagements enables each team member and Associate to provide an exceptional level of service to our clients.
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