Organisations rely heavily on IT to run their day to day, business-critical operations. The availability, integrity and security of these systems is therefore essential to the continued success of that organisation and vital to its future prosperity.
There is debate as to whether we are in the “Information Age”, the “Technology Age” or the “Experience Age” as technology, and how we interact with it, continues to advance and evolve at an uncontrollable pace. What isn’t debatable however, is the extraordinary increase in both the complexity and frequency of cyber-attacks, cyber-intrusion and their potential effect on businesses of all sizes.
As individuals and organisations continue to embrace a digital first approach, the economic opportunities are huge and the uptake therefore increasing. The global effects of digitisation and digital transformation will however, create an enhanced risk profile for all. With the unprecedented growth and sophistication of cyber threats and Cyber intrusion and their often-costly impact, a lack of security awareness or ignorance of the possible dangers, can result in organisations being exploited, leaving behind profound business impact and the possibility of significant financial penalty or loss.
A complex & dedicated role focusing only on managing strategic risks. Littlefish’s CISO-as-a-Service (CISOaaS) offers our clients the option of having a professional Information Security expert in the role of the CISO, as an outsourced position.
Also, known as “ethical hacking”, this service simulates an attack on applications, networks or platforms and works to identify any possible security loop-holes, or vulnerabilities that real hackers could exploit.
Cyber Essentials Readiness includes current compliance level assessment, technical risk assessment, and vulnerability testing to ensure your organisation is capable of meeting the demands of the UK Government backed Cyber Essentials certification.
At Littlefish, we never underestimate the importance of sound security policy, process and application, but we refuse to board the “scaremongering” band wagon, quoting the latest four letter acronym and using fear and snake oil sales tactics to secure business. Instead, we equip our Cyber Practise with exceptional talent, and partner wisely, to assist our clients in defending their organisations most coveted digital assets, from data and IP to people and process. Our approach is to provide highly experienced security expertise that can assess the current situation, apply best practise GAP analysis methodology and then identify the most appropriate action plan. We work with our clients to objectively assess the risk-cost equation of the plan’s recommendations and we appreciate more than most, that this isn’t a blank cheque engagement. Our common-sense recommendations and intelligent action plan, allows our clients to be as secure as they can justifiably afford. The outcome of our engagement gives our clients a clear roadmap for what actions we recommend to be prioritised. From policy to practicalities, making recommendations around policy creation and deployment, supported by recommendations of security solution adoption, our approach is informative, thorough, comprehensive and yet has real life experience and sound business nous applied throughout.
Can we help you?
We can if you answer yes to any of the following questions:
Prevention is of course always better than a cure and our service portfolio allows our client organisations to identify and execute preventative measures, significantly reducing the possibility of:
Chief Information Security Officer as a Service
CISO’s are typically board level, senior appointments and the associated cost is reflective of both their seniority and the invaluable knowledge, expertise and experience they bring to the organisation. Whilst most, if not all organisations, admit the need for the guidance and expertise of a CISO, it can often be difficult to justify the position in the form of a Full-Time Employee (FTE). For many organisations, whilst information security is of great importance, there just isn’t enough risk to warrant the FTE investment or there isn’t enough regular and frequent responsibility to justify the FTE spend. This is where Littlefish comes in. Our CISOaaS, allows our clients to have the knowledge, expertise and experience of a board level executive, to work on their behalf, in a fractal manner. We see this as a ‘best of both worlds’ offer in that the client does not have to incur the cost and retention challenges of a CISO FTE, yet gets the value of having regular access to, and assistance from, one. The CISOaaS acts as the CISO of the client engaging their services, and would be responsible for the Information Security policy and action plan within the client organization. Responsible for identifying the on-going and proactive Information Security risks and the appropriate management actions, the role of the CISOaaS delivers value that manifests itself from several key areas including, but not limited to, the following: - higher visibility over critical digital assets - improved detection and response time to digital security breaches - significant digital breach risk reduction The role of the CISO is quite complex and needs to be a dedicated role focusing only on managing the strategic risks. Littlefish’s CISO-as-a-Service (CISOaaS) offers our clients the option of having a professional Information Security expert in the role of the CISO, as an outsourced position. The CISO will be the creator of identifying and then outlining actions necessary to manage the organisations risk with a view to offloading the executional activities to the wider IT Team. The CISO will then engage on a bi-annual, or annual basis to ensure alignment, refinement and modernisation of the policy, processes and practical deployment of technology, is all still fit for purpose Our CISOaaS is delivered against a collaborative statement of works, with measurable task outcomes, key performance indicators and defined deliverables.
Vulnerability & Penetration Testing
Also, known as “ethical hacking”, this service simulates an attack on applications, networks or platforms and works to identify any possible security loop-holes, or vulnerabilities that real hackers could exploit. The purpose of the test is to complete a detailed analysis of the security posture of the organisation and highlight areas of improvement for instances that range from mild, and moderate to severe. By removing these risks and improving the posture of your organisation, you minimise the risk of being exploited by an array of potential threats including disgruntled employees, organised criminals and other hackers engaged in industrial espionage. Littlefish partners intelligently in this space, to ensure the police aren’t policing themselves, in the case where our clients are security customers of littlefish.
Cyber Essentials Readiness
The UK Government backed Cyber Essentials certification ensures organisations are sufficiently protected against common online security threats and is a requirement for any organisation bidding for government contracts that involve the handling of high risk information. Achieving certified status demonstrates to stakeholders that appropriate organisational precautions have been implemented to mitigate cyber security risks across five key controls; Boundary Firewalls & Internet Gateways, Secure Configuration, Access Control, Malware Protection and Patch Management. Our Cyber Essentials Readiness consulting service is undertaken by experienced technical security consultants who assess your organisations existing compliance level, before performing vulnerability testing and technical risk assessments - ensuring your organisation is capable of meeting the demands of Cyber Essentials.