Advent IM News

  • By Ellie Hurst
  • Posted 5th Dec 2018
  • In cyber security, Ellie Hurst, event, IISP

IISP Masterclass, with added Ellie

Ellie will be joining a great lineup of speakers at the IISP Masterclass - Behavioural Change, in London on Monday 10th December.Come along, and join in, debate, learn and network.
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    • By Smeeta Padhiar
    • Posted 27th Nov 2018
    • In advent IM, cyber security, information security, ISO27001, Peter Daniel, White Paper

    Exploring ISO/IEC 27001 Aligned Risk Methodologies: A White Paper from Peter Daniel, Advent IM Security Consultant

    Understanding how to approach risk management, both in the sense of its calculation and attempts to address remediation, is a mandatory requirement for ISO/IEC (International Organisation for Standardisation / International Electronic Commission) 27001 certification, and is becoming more and more of a recurring challenge facing today’s business leaders. Read full story. 
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      • By Smeeta Padhiar
      • Posted 16th Oct 2018
      • In advent IM, cyber security, data breaches, Derek Willins, Digital Outcomes and Specialist Framework 3, G cloud 10, information security, UK Gov

      Advent IM qualifies for Government framework and hires Derek Willins

      Advent IM, a cybersecurity consultancy, has qualified for the new iteration Digital Outcomes and Specialists Framework 3, a UK Government supplier framework. Meanwhile, to continue the firm’s growth, the consultancy with offices in the Midlands and London has brought Derek Willins on board as Business Development Manager.  The UK Government’s Digital Outcomes and Specialists Framework is for public bodies and agencies to directly procure digital specialists. Governmental supplier frameworks like this are often criticised for favouring larger consultancies, however while the supplier framework is available to all sizes of business, it is largely aimed at helping smaller businesses, which may have struggled with the time resource required for the previously lengthier application process. Read full story. 
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        • By Smeeta Padhiar
        • Posted 8th Oct 2018
        • In c suite, Computer Weekly, cyber security, Mike Gillespie, risk management, security think tank

        Mike Gillespie – Security Think Tank: C-suite needs to drive outcomes-based security

          Finance concept: Pixelated multicolor Head With Padlock icons on Digital background, 3d render Mike Gillespie in Computer Weekly, ''What is the first step towards moving from a tick-box approach to security to one that is outcomes-based and how can an organisation test whether its security defences are delivering the desired outcome?''  - read full story.
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          • By Smeeta Padhiar
          • Posted 3rd Oct 2018
          • In advent IM, business continuity, cyber attack, cyber security, data protection, Digital Outcomes and Specialists Framework, DSO3, information security, Julia McCarron, Mike Gillespie, risk management

          The newest iteration of the UK Government Marketplace, Digital Outcomes and Specialists Framework will include Advent IM

          **Press Release** Media Contact: Ellie Hurst +44 (0) 121 559 6699, bestpractice@advent-im.co.uk Date : 03.10.18   The UK’s leading independent, holistic security consultancy announced on Monday 1st October 2018 that they will be offering their services from the new iteration Digital Outcomes and Specialists Framework 3. This framework is for public bodies and agencies to directly procure digital specialists and Advent IM is now available to these bodies for Cyber Security Specialists Consulting services, in addition to the G-Cloud framework.  This Government supplier framework is available to all sizes of business, but particularly accessible to smaller businesses, which may have struggled with the time resource required for the previously lengthier application process. The simplified process will allow for a diversity of suppliers and great choice for the user.Advent IM Operations Director, Julia McCarron said, “It has taken a while for the framework to become established and used to procure specialist cyber security services but I am pleased to say that in the last 6 months we have seen a definite upturn in opportunities. We are therefore delighted to be part of the framework’s 3rd iteration and hope to benefit further from its growing popularity.”The Digital Outcomes and Specialists and G-Cloud are accessed through the Digital Marketplace to make government procurement easier, faster and more transparent.Close  https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/ Issued: 03.10.18                Ends                  Ref: 031018- DOSUKGNOTES TO EDITORSAbout Advent IM Advent IM is an independent specialist consultancy, focusing on holistic security management solutions for information, people and physical assets, across both the public and private sectors. Established in 2002, Advent IM is a centre of excellence for security services, promoting the benefits of best practice guidelines and standards and the need to address risk management to protect against potential threats.From its offices in the Midlands and London, its Consultants work nationwide and are members of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), The Security Institute (SyI) and British Computer Society.Consultants are also Lead Auditors for the International standard for information security management (ISO 27001)), NCSC Certified Professionals (CCP), Practitioners of PRINCE2, a recognised project management methodology widely used within the public sector, CISSP qualified and Home Office trained physical security assessors.
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            • By Smeeta Padhiar
            • Posted 5th Sep 2018
            • In fraud, Global Payroll Association, Mike Gillespie, risk assessment, risk management, threat

            Mike Gillespie – Global Payroll Association: How To Get Risk Management Right

             There are almost as many definitions of risk management as there are risk managers, and a concomitant wealth of methodologies, some simple and some unnecessarily complicated. Mike Gillespie in Global Payroll Association speaking about how to get risk management right, click here to read the full story.
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              • By Smeeta Padhiar
              • Posted 9th Jul 2018
              • In cyber security, information security, IT security, Mike Gillespie, passwords

              Security Think Tank: Firms need to support good password practices

               Mike Gillespie in Computer weekly - In the light of the fact that complex passwords are not as strong as most people think and that most password strategies inevitably lead to people following them blindly, what actually makes a good password and when is a password alone not enough? Read full story. 
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                • By Smeeta Padhiar
                • Posted 11th May 2018
                • In cyber security, Data management, digital age, Ellie Hurst, Mike Gillespie, Rapid7

                Cyber Security & Data Management in the Modern Digital Age

                Mike and Ellie were delighted to contribute to this comprehensive e-book from Financier Worldwide in association with Radpid7, click here to read the e-book.  
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                  • By Smeeta Padhiar
                  • Posted 6th Apr 2018
                  • In Birmingham, cyber crime, cyber security, FM, hackers, Mike Gillespie, NEC, The Facilities Event

                  All hands on deck for The Facilities Event!

                  Next week, The Facilities Event returns for its residency at the Birmingham NEC. Mike Gillespie will discuss the threat FM now faces from cyber-crime, as hackers bypass main IT systems and instead target property and facilities-related devices. Read full story. 
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                    • By Smeeta Padhiar
                    • Posted 27th Feb 2018
                    • In cctv, GDPR, privacy, Security, Surveillance camera

                    Data-driven surveillance and the privacy-security balance: ‘Question Time’ insights from Tony Porter, Lord Paddick and more

                    IFSEC Global - Our very own Ellie Hurst talking about the 'Question Time' style debate which explored issues around body-worn video (BWV), ANPR and data aggregation. The event was organised by the Centre for Research into Information, surveillance and Privacy (CRISP), taking plave at the London School of Economics on Wednesday 21st February 2018. Read it here. 
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                      • By Ellie Hurst
                      • Posted 15th Feb 2018
                      • In data protection, Data Protection Officer, DPO, GDPR

                      Advent IM launch MyDataProtectionOfficer, ahead of GDPR

                      The UK’s leading independent, holistic security consultancy today announced the launch of their data protection advisory service, MyDataProtectionOfficer. This service is a direct response to the GDPR requirement for some businesses and organisations to have a dedicated Data Protection Officer (DPO), but who subsequently discover they cannot resource another employee to meet this requirement, or are simply looking for a more cost effective and agile way to comply.Read the full press release here.Visit the service page here.
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                        • By Ellie Hurst
                        • Posted 22nd Jan 2018
                        • In BIFM, cyber physical, FM, Mike Gillespie

                        Mike speaking at #BIFMLondonConference March 5

                        Mike will be talking about cyber physical systems for Facility Managers at the BIFM London Region event on March 5th. Details and registration here.
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                          • By Ellie Hurst
                          • Posted 16th Jan 2018
                          • In data protection, GDPR, Metacompliance, Mike Gillespie

                          Mike will be joining Metacompliance GDPR for Dummies Roadshow!

                          Our very own Mike Gillespie will be joining the gang from Metacompliance for  their GDPR for Dummies Roadshow. Details of the whole roadshow are available here. Mike will be speaking at the Birmingham event. Book now! 
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                            • By Ellie Hurst
                            • Posted 9th Jan 2018
                            • In cctv, Mike Gillespie, privacy, surveillance, Surveillance Camera Commissioenr, Surveillance Camera Report 2017, Tony Porter

                            Surveillance Camera Commissioner Annual Report 2016/17

                            Advent IM Director, Mike Gillespie is happy to be a volunteer cyber security specialist for Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner. Please read and download this important report which includes;
                            • The landscape of overt surveillance camera systems in public spaces
                            • The risk potential for intrusion on citizens
                            • The scale of organisations operating surveillance camera systems in the public domain
                            • The credibility of the Secretary of State’s Code
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                              • By Ellie Hurst
                              • Posted 4th Jan 2018
                              • In cyber security, data protection, security & Policing, training

                              Security and Policing is coming up in March and we will be in the Digital Zone

                              Once again, we will be taking a stand at this key event in the policing calendar. You can find us on stand Z23 in the Digital Zone and details of any speaking slots will be posted here, if they arise. Come along and say hello to Mike, Ellie, Gareth and the team and find out how we can help you with consultancy and training.
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                                • By Smeeta Padhiar
                                • Posted 8th Dec 2017
                                • In data protection, GDPR, IIRSM, Mike Gillespie, personal data

                                Protection by design – With contribution from Mike Gillespie. 

                                Protection by design Data protection is not a new concept, but the EU’s decision to adopt legislation that applies equally across all 31 countries of the EU and EEA brings with it a whole new set of challenges. We explain the most important actions you need to take right now to begin your route to compliance.https://www.iirsm.org/sites/default/files/Data_Protection_Nov_Dec17.pdfWith contribution from Mike Gillespie. 
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                                  • By Ellie Hurst
                                  • Posted 23rd Nov 2017
                                  • In Mike Gillespie, ransomware, UK Security Expo

                                  Catch Mike in the #CNI Theatre at UK Security Expo

                                  Mike will be speaking about Ransomware in the CNI theatre at UK Security Expo 30th November at Olympia. Tweet for a meet @Advent_IM or @Advent _IM_MD
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                                    • By Ellie Hurst
                                    • Posted 30th Oct 2017
                                    • In Insider threat, Security, social engineering, Steve Foley

                                    Trust Nothing, Question Everything… #socialengineering

                                    IFSEC Global - Our very own Steve Foley talking about the threats we face from social engineering and the part it plays in insider threat to our organisational security. Read it here.
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                                      • By Ellie Hurst
                                      • Posted 21st Sep 2017
                                      • In British Heart Foundation, charity, Great Wall of China walk, Julia McCarron

                                      Julia and the Great Wall of China Charity Walk!

                                      Our very own Julia McCarron - Operations Director here at Advent IM, is walking the Great Wall of China for Charity (British Heart Foundation) next month. We are all enormously proud of her and the diligent preparations she has been making for months now, in order to ensure she meets the strenuous demands of this undertaking. As with everything she does, her planning and training has been comprehensive and we will be cheering her on back at Advent IM International HQ, as the hard work pays off. If you would like to contribute and help her hit her target, you can do so here.From Julia, "This trip is self-funded so every penny I raise I goes to the charity for important research and support. Take a look at my site for updates and reasons why I’m doing this."Go Julia!
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                                        • By Ellie Hurst
                                        • Posted 20th Sep 2017
                                        • In cyber security award, cyber security writing, Ellie Hurst, Security serious unsung hero awards

                                        Ellie shortlisted for award

                                        Still reeling with surprise after being nominated for a Women in Security Award, Ellie was delighted to find out she has been shortlisted for an Unsung Security Hero Award for cyber security writing. The awards event is free to attend if you would like to join in the fun. Click
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                                          • By Ellie Hurst
                                          • Posted 1st Sep 2017
                                          • In Csuite, cyber security, data breach, data protection, ICO, Security, TalkTalk, target

                                          Steve Foley talking Culture, Security and the C-Suite

                                          The elusive number that represents the real ‘cost of a data breach’ is something that has varied but normally increased in estimation every year. Many large scale data breaches have hit the headlines, but the genuine cost to business has proven hard to nail.... read full article.
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                                            • By Ellie Hurst
                                            • Posted 17th Aug 2017
                                            • In content, CSP:2017, cyber security, ransomware

                                            CSP: 2017 content now available…

                                            The content from CSP: 2017 is now available, including ours!  Slidedecks, articles and audio files are all downloadable here.
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                                              • By Ellie Hurst
                                              • Posted 8th Aug 2017
                                              • In Glasgow, hacking, Mike Gillespie, passwords, Security, ST17

                                              Mike will be talking password hacking at ST17 Glasgow

                                              Make sure you are booked in for ST17 Glasgow next month and catch Mike talking about password hacking and how to use the NCSC advice for passwords. Details here.
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                                                • By Ellie Hurst
                                                • Posted 11th Jul 2017
                                                • In advent IM, cyber threat, Mike Gillespie, Smart Buildings

                                                Mike Gillespie – Ahead of the game

                                                smart buildings by Mike Gillespie, Advent IM Smart BuildingsMike Gillespie discusses the increase in technology-powered smart buildings and the concomitant rise in cyber threats to their security. Read full story.
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                                                  • By Ellie Hurst
                                                  • Posted 28th Jun 2017
                                                  • In cyber security, IFSEC, Mike Gillespie, Most influential

                                                  Mike 4th ‘Most Influential in UK Cyber Security’

                                                  After extensive consultation with a panel of judges from across the industry, we are delighted to reveal our roll call of the Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: cybersecurity (UK and international). And at number 4...our very own Mike Gillespie. Read all about it.
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                                                    • By Ellie Hurst
                                                    • Posted 28th Jun 2017
                                                    • In advent IM, cyber awareness, cyber security, Mike Gillespie

                                                    Cyber awareness is everyone’s job

                                                    This was the message from Mike Gillespie, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Advent IM Ltd. at IFSEC on Thursday. Read more of what Mike had to say at IFSEC 2017
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                                                      • By Ellie Hurst
                                                      • Posted 28th Jun 2017
                                                      • In advent IM, BIFM, cyber security, Mike Gillespie

                                                      Mike talking cyber for #BIFM today

                                                      Mike was invited to speak at BIFM's Cyber Event today (28.06.17) and talked about the risk of ransomware on physical systems. This has turned out to be very  pertinent although the presentation was written well before the recent outbreak. Collaboration between physical, cyber and infosec professionals as well as FMs, Risk and Data Protection professionals was the key take out of his presentation. 
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                                                        • By Ellie Hurst
                                                        • Posted 28th Jun 2017
                                                        • In advent IM, cyber security, Mike Gillespie, Security Institute Director

                                                        Mike enjoying his visit to the ITN studios for #Cybersecurity interviews

                                                        Mike enjoyed a day at the ITN studios to take part in cyber security interviews, as part of his Director's role at The Security Institute, this week. We think he looks like a natural!
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                                                          • By Ellie Hurst
                                                          • Posted 19th May 2017
                                                          • In accreditation, cyber security, data protection, G-Cloud 9, GDPR, HMG, Public bodies, Security

                                                          Advent IM continues G-Cloud availability, joining G-Cloud 9

                                                          **PRESS RELEASE**  Media Contact: Ellie Hurst+44 (0) 121 559 6699,bestpractice@advent-im.co.ukDate : 19.05.17  Advent IM continues G-Cloud availability, joining G-Cloud 9 The UK’s leading independent, holistic security consultancy announced today it will continue to be available on G-Cloud through the latest iteration, G-Cloud 9, from 22nd May 2017. The UK based security consultancy today confirmed that its longstanding relationship with the Crown Commercial Service platform, G-Cloud, will continue into the latest iteration, allowing public bodies to directly procure services without need for a comprehensive tender process, and benefiting from preferential rates that reflect the easier procurement process.Advent IM Director, Julia McCarron said, “We have been involved with G-Cloud since the platform’s first release and have found it to be a highly effective framework for SMBs to do business with the government and public bodies. We are pleased to be appearing on the latest version of this important and widely used resource. We know how essential it is for smaller businesses to have a simple route to market where services can be easily found and procured; G-Cloud fulfils its potential very well from our perspective and over the years has brought many new clients and projects through our doors.”The Crown Commercial Service is a commercial service for Government, acting on behalf of the Crown, to drive savings for the taxpayer through an integrated commercial and procurement service for the public sector. Its vision is to deliver value for the nation through outstanding commercial capability and quality customer service. https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/g-cloud/Issued:  19.05.17                          Ends                                               Ref: 190517- Advent -GC9 NOTES TO EDITORSAbout Advent IM Advent IM is an independent specialist consultancy, focusing on holistic security management solutions for information, people and physical assets, across both the public and private sectors. Established in 2002, Advent IM is a centre of excellence for security services, promoting the benefits of best practice guidelines and standards and the need to address risk management to protect against potential threats. From its offices in the Midlands and London, its Consultants work nationwide and are members of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), The Security Institute (SyI) and British Computer Society. Consultants are also Lead Auditors for the International standard for information security management (ISO 27001)), NCSC Certified Professionals (CCP), Practitioners of PRINCE2, a recognised project management methodology widely used within the public sector, CISSP qualified and Home Office trained physical security assessors.
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                                                            • By Ellie Hurst
                                                            • Posted 17th May 2017
                                                            • In business continuity, cyberthreat, IIRSM, ransomware, WanaCry

                                                            Wana Decryptor attack: Q&A with IIRSM’s Mike Gillespie

                                                            Mike Gillespie, spokesperson on cyber security for IIRSM and an experienced information security practitioner, answers our questions on the safety implications of last week's global Wana Decryptor attack. Read the Q&Q here.
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                                                              • By Ellie Hurst
                                                              • Posted 17th May 2017

                                                              Mike joined other speakers at the Norbain charity dinner for MacMillan Cancer Support

                                                              Last week, Mike joined the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, Simon Adcock from Atec and Simon Banks from CSL Dualcom, last week to address the audience at a charity event hosted by Norbain, to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.Simon Banks discussed the current skills gap and the impact of a generation long skills gap as well as the new security apprenticeshipSimon Adcock raised awareness of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner's Buyer's Guide - an invaluable tool for end users. He also raised valid points about the inherent security of security camera systems and why we cannot take it for granted and need to be aware.Mike Gillespie explained that out of date platforms and operating systems that are un-patchable are huge risk to everyone's. Given recent events you might be forgiven for thinking Mike had a crystal ball.Some useful links on Data Protection for Surveillance Camera users:https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/cctv/https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/events-and-webinars/1043340/surveillance-by-consent-cctv-code-update-2015-jonathan-bamford-20150127.pdfhttps://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/events-and-webinars/surveillance-webinar/Some useful links for the Surveillance Camera Commissioner and for the Strategy for England and Wales:https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/surveillance-camera-commissionerhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-surveillance-camera-strategy-for-england-and-wales

                                                              Photos courtesy of Norbain

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                                                                • By Ellie Hurst
                                                                • Posted 18th Apr 2017
                                                                • In CSP:2017, Ellie Hurst, malware, ransomware

                                                                CSP: 2017 – Ransomware workshop

                                                                York Racecourse is the venue for CSP: 2017 and this year it is 23-24 May. Ellie Hurst will be hosting a workshop to discuss the legalities and implications of paying ransoms through cyberspace, on day 1. Details of the event are here.
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