CSCM Newsletter March 2018

Hello Everyone

Wow, what a month March has been so far, we have endured snow, ice, high winds and freezing temperatures, I hope the weather did not cause you too much disruption.

This month I am talking at two breakfast networking events and then myself and the team will be in London for a few days while exhibiting at Legalex. Don't forget you can register to obtain tickets to this event at the Excel in London, totally free, please click here.

You can read about the forthcoming GDPR Seminar below, but I will say the panel I am sitting on for this has a lot of expertise, so if you do have questions you would like to ask, please register and attend, it should be very informative for all.

Well it's a busy newsletter. so I won't keep you, have a great month all.

Best regards
Jude

INCLUDED THIS MONTH:
Selected as Finalists
Welcome to Technical
GDPR Breakfast Seminar
Fish & Chip Fryday
Well Done NANT
Don't Sacrifice Security for Functionality
I.T. Words of the Day

Selected as Finalists

Our Hosted Desktop has been selected as a finalist for Product of the Year at the Legal & Cyber Security Awards 2018.

The winner will be announced in London at the Legalex exhibition on the 22nd March.

Welcome to Technical

We are pleased to introduce the newest addition to our ever growing Technical Team - Lance Archer.

As an experienced site engineer Lance will be very hands on resolving issues for you our customers as well as supporting the rest of the team.

How to deal with GDPR, Data Security and Records ManagementAn opportunity to ask YOUR questionsTuesday 20th March - 8.00am Start - Stourbridge Rugby Football Club

Due to demand Events with the Edge are holding a breakfast session offering a no-nonsense advice and guidance discussion on GDPR.

The panel consists of:

Chris Goff from
Unidoc Solutions
Jude Thompson from CSCM IT Solutions
Jezz Gobran from i-secured

Places are limited at only £25.00 plus VAT per person to include breakfast and networking.

CLICK TO BOOK

Fish and Chip Fryday March 2018

It's not too late to book - Friday 16th March at Hagley Golf Club, at 12:30pm for our regular networking event.

  • Free drink on arrival
  • Traditional Fish and Chips
  • Delicious Dessert
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Guest Speaker
  • Free Business Card Raffle

Only £18.00 per person Click to Book Now

or Call Courtney on 08431 66 88 66 Option 5

Congratulations to our Client NANT LTD

We would like to congratulate one of our clients, Nant Ltd on their outstanding recent achievement. 2017 saw them take on one of their biggest challenges in providing Legionella risk assessments and preventive measures to the largest UK provider of residential homes. A single contract that spans almost 400 properties across the UK.

Their methodical approach and dedication to quality has helped them to exceed expectations and deliver remarkable service. To read the full article please CLICK HERE.

Don't Sacrifice Security for Functionalityby Jezz Gobran

Over the last month I’ve spent a couple of weeks working with a national retailer and having to compile a report of the areas they need to improve on. So this week it got me thinking about lessons that could be learned from their significant growth over the last 7 years and the vulnerabilities that growth had created.

Like some small businesses that have had well managed and proportionate growth, internal systems and processes whilst fairly manual were well documented, excellent control over access to information, appropriate levels of IT security as well as functionality.

Over the last 7 years the business has grown from 3 to 55 retail stores and a further 11 will be added this year. That huge growth has meant that some of the security/privacy cornerstones had not been kept up to date with the rapid expansion had fallen by the way side.

As part of this expansion however, project teams were put in place to run projects that supported their growth and shift in focus to understand their customers better. These projects had all considered security but in some instances sacrificed security for functionality instead of finding an option that did both. In other instances security was applied to the projects but not integrated to the wider business resulting in vulnerabilities that were unnecessary.

I guess on reflection this business will be like many others and will do things differently in the future as a result of my few weeks with them. There are lessons to be learned.

  • Maintain the solid foundations that have enabled success and growth.
  • Privacy and security should be a fundamental part which the operation is built around.
  • There is always a way to achieve everything if the desire is there.
  • Projects aren’t done in isolation, no doubt there will be consideration across the business of the benefits and operational functions, make sure the risks and risk treatment do the same. The project may be sound but how it fits with the rest of the business could create vulnerabilities.

Hopefully that’s some food for thought. If you need any support with your ongoing information security or if your preparation for GDPR is going slowly, get in touch, we don’t bite! jgobran@i-Secured.co.uk

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