Cyber Security Posture Review

As part of our Assess services the Cyber Security Posture Review (CSPR) helps organisations understand their current maturity, identifying risks and providing recommendations, mapped to the National Cyber Security Centre’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security, to ensure they operate an effective cyber security framework against the ever-evolving threat landscape.

Through a combination of questionnaires, face-to-face interviews and follow-ups we examine your maturity against each of these steps, identifying risks and providing contextualised, actionable recommendations. This approach ensures organisations have the foundations to defend against cyber security risks and protect information relating to customers, employees and business operations.

10 Steps to Cyber Security

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1. Risk Management Regime

Assess the risks to your organisation’s information and systems with the same vigour you would for legal, regulatory, financial or operational risks. To achieve this, embed a Risk Management Regime across your organisation, supported by the Board and senior managers.

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2. Secure Configuration

Apply security patches and ensure the secure configuration of all systems is maintained. Create a system inventory and define a baseline build for all devices.

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3. Network Security

Protect your networks from attack. Defend the network perimeter, filter out unauthorised access and malicious content. Monitor and test security controls.

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4. Managing User Privilege

Establish effective management processes and limit the number of privileged accounts. Limit user privileges and monitor user activity. Control access to activity and audit logs.

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5. User Education & Awareness

Produce user security policies covering acceptable and secure use of your systems. Include in staff training. Maintain awareness of cyber risks.

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6. Incident Response

Establish an incident response and disaster recovery capability. Test your incident management plans. Provide specialist training. Report criminal incidents to law enforcement.

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7. Malware Protection

Produce relevant policies and establish anti-malware defences across your organisation.

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8. Monitoring

Establish a monitoring strategy and produce supporting policies. Continuously monitor all systems and networks. Analyse logs for unusual activity that could indicate an attack.

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9. Removable Media Controls

Produce a policy to control all access to removable media. Limit media types and use. Scan all media for malware before importing onto the corporate system.

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10. Home & Mobile Working

Develop a mobile working policy and train staff to adhere to it. Apply the secure baseline and build to all devices. Protect data both in transit and at rest.

Our Approach

We work with you to understand your business services and assets, and importantly how you interact with your customers and third parties.

We then walk you through the 10 Steps to Cyber Security, ensuring you understand the scope of each and are able to identify the appropriate stakeholders for initial questionnaires and interviews. At this time, we will agree with you the artefacts we require to support our review.

Your maturity level will then be determined by reference to a Capability Maturity Model (CMM) based on an industry standard methodology, providing you a maturity score for each area of the review.

Our findings are then formalised in a written report. The report will provide you an overview of your maturity, recommendations against each of the 10 steps, and will set out the priority of our recommendations to fast-track your maturity.

Your Benefit

Whilst the report documents your maturity against the 10 steps, its value to your organisation is the prioritised recommendations. Each recommendation will be contextualised to your environment, ensuring they are pragmatic, implementable and result in appropriate, measurable improvements to your maturity.

Whilst the posture review is not positioned as a deep-dive assessment, it will provide a top down assessment, enabling you to identify areas that may require further review.

The Engagement

The Cyber Security Posture Review is a fixed price engagement, pricing is dependent upon;

  • Number of organisational entities, and client sites
  • standard reporting against the 10 Steps to Cyber Security
  • Planned revisions of the report

ICA Consultancy provides advisory and consultancy services, and virtual resourcing (Virtual CISO, DPO etc.) engagements, helping organisations identify, manage and mitigate information, cyber and privacy risks.

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