New CESG scheme meets growing demand for cyber security advice
CESG announces the first group of organisations who will provide government and industry with certified cyber security expertise.
Government and industry customers who need cyber security consultancy can now engage directly with 6 organisations, thanks to a new CESG scheme designed to meet the growing demand for cyber advice.
The first companies to be certified under CESG's Certified Cyber Security Consultancy scheme are:
- BNS Cyber
- C3IA Solutions Ltd
- Evolve Secure Solutions
- Info-Assure Ltd
- OCF IT Security Consultancy Ltd
- Stratia Consulting
Between them, these companies currently provide CESG-approved consultancy on Security Architecture, Risk Assessment and Risk Management, with CESG planning to introduce further service offerings during in the year. Public sector customers can procure cyber security services through a central route created with Crown Commercial Service, the Cyber Security Services agreement.
The CESG Certified Cyber Security Consultancy scheme, launched in June 2015 following consultation with customers and industry experts, now certifies services provided by companies - rather than individual security advisors. This revised approach makes it easier for organisations to respond to the growing number of increasingly complex cyber threats, at a time when industry and government are putting more services online.
Commenting on the launch, Ciaran Martin, GCHQ's Director General for Cyber Security, said; "I’m pleased that we have certified these 6 companies. This is just the start of an ongoing process to build a wide pool of trusted cyber security advisors for our customers."
Most of the companies certified by the Cyber Security Consultancy scheme are SMEs. By fostering partnerships with commercial companies of all sizes, CESG will provide access to the widest choice of trusted industry suppliers in an approach that will benefit the UK cyber security industry.
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