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Physical security is important for data protection

Physical Security Assessment Form - Free Download

Physical security has always been a cornerstone of any Information Security program. As a topic, it is covered by every major security standard. Most have entire sections dedicated to physical security: ISO27001:2013 has A.11 “Physical and Environmental Controls“ The SoGP has CF3.3 “Sensitive Physical Information” and CF19 “Physical and Environmental Security” PCI-DSS Requirement 9 mandates […]

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ISO27001 compliance checklist available for download

ISO27001 Checklist tool - screenshot

As mentioned previously, we have now uploaded our ISO 27001 (also known as ISO/IEC 27001:2013) compliance checklist and it is available for free download. Please feel free to grab a copy and share it with anyone you think would benefit. Designed to assist you in assessing your compliance, the checklist is not a replacement for […]

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Office security checklist – Updated

Office security checklist – Updated

As part of our ongoing drive towards improving your security, We have updated our office security checklist to make it easier to use and clearer to follow. The 2013 version of the security checklist is now available to download. The idea behind the document remains the same: this is something you can print off and […]

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Business Security Guide – Free Download

Business Security Guide – Free Download

The effects of crime can be devastating on people and businesses. While recent crime trends have been reassuring, there is still a reported 1 in 50 businesses in the United Kingdom that suffer a robbery or burglary each year. This can create a terrible economic burden on both the business itself and the surrounding community […]

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Supplier Security Self-Assessment Questionnaire

Supplier Security Self-Assessment Questionnaire

Following on from the recent issues experienced by The Scottish Borders Council, we have been asked several times about what can be done to build some assurance into supply chain security. At a very fundamental level, the solution is surprisingly simple: Carry out a security assessment on your supplier. It really is that easy. Visit […]

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Information Commissioner’s Office launch IT Security Guide for Small Businesses

Information Commissioner’s Office launch IT Security Guide for Small Businesses

Today the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced it had produced “A practical guide to IT Security” with the subheading that this is “Ideal for the small business.” At the time of writing, the ICO press release announcing the IT Security guide appears to be having trouble (what looks like an infinite redirect loop is in […]

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HMG Security Policy Framework – Version 8

HMG Security Policy Framework – Version 8

You are probably aware that the Cabinet Office have recently issued Version 8 of the Security Policy Framework (SPF). This is the document that provides the overarching framework for security compliance with Government and for any organisations wishing to connect to the Government network or do business with HMG. Previously we have published versions of […]

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Physical Security Assessment Form – Free Download

Physical Security Assessment Form – Free Download

Physical security forms the baseline for any asset protection or loss prevention programme ¬†and is an essential bedrock for building your organisations risk management strategy. While high tech data attacks may get more headlines in the news, physical security breaches consistently cause the most suffering to businesses across the globe. As part of our ongoing […]

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SPF – ISO27001 Control Mapping Tool – Free Download

SPF – ISO27001 Control Mapping Tool – Free Download

For any organisation looking to provide services to the UK Government, consideration of the Security Policy Framework (SPF) is essential and for most Government contracts audited compliance is required. Unfortunately, compliance with the SPF (and List X Status) doesnt often carry much weight in the wider world where customers and service partners will often demand […]

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Security Policy Framework Compliance Tool

Security Policy Framework Compliance Tool

As we mentioned recently, the UK Government has released an updated version of the Security Policy Framework (SPF), which details the security requirements for government agencies and departments. It also applies to any private sector bodies providing services to the Government (such as List X companies). Where there is a requirement to comply with the […]

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Security Policy Framework Compliance Checklist – available for download.

Security Policy Framework Compliance Checklist – available for download.

As previously mentioned, we have updated the SPF Compliance Checklist to make it suitable for use with Version 7 of the Security Policy Framework released a few weeks ago. The new checklist is now available for free download from our security resources section and provides you with the relevant audit points to assess compliance with […]

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Business Security – Rapid Security and Safety Review Checklist

Business Security – Rapid Security and Safety Review Checklist

It is important that you understand what your current security situation is. This is the bedrock for everything else you do, however, unfortunately most organisations seem to have difficulty pinning down where their security strengths and weaknesses lie. Often the problem is one of working out where to begin. While you can work outside in, […]

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Passwords and IT Security

Passwords and IT Security

Passwords are frequently thought of as an “outdated” method of security and numerous product vendors will tell you how they offer a much better solution that kind of works like magic. This is rarely the case and for 99% of applications, properly used passwords provide you with a perfectly suitable method of authenticating a user […]

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Office Security Checklist – Free Download

Office Security Checklist – Free Download

Office security is important for any business, from multinationals with offices across the globe to sole-traders working from home. Your office is likely to have most of the important information for your business (such as vital customer records and bank account details) and with the widespread use of information technology, it is where your computers, […]

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Security resource downloads – Business Guide to Penetration Testing

Security resource downloads – Business Guide to Penetration Testing

We would always suggest that any business with even half an interest in protecting its resources, carries out regular penetration tests (pentest) – at the bare minimum when a system (physical or IT related) is implemented to ensure that it has been done properly. If you have an internet facing computer system, use e-commerce or […]

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