Advent IM News

  • By Ellie Hurst
  • Posted 15th February 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 January 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 January 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 January 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 January 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 Ellie Hurst
  • Posted 15th December 2017
  • In cyber crime, cyber security, malware, regulation, security installers

Mike talks to CSL’s Simon Banks about cyber crime and security for installers

This month Simon Banks talks to Mike Gillespie, Founder of Advent IM Ltd the UK's leading independent information security and physical security consultancy. Mike is also Vice President of ‘The Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science’. Read it here.
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  • By Smeeta Padhiar
  • Posted 8th December 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.pdf With contribution from Mike Gillespie.  
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  • By Ellie Hurst
  • Posted 23rd November 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 October 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 September 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 September 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 September 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 August 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 August 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 July 2017
  • In advent IM, cyber threat, Mike Gillespie, Smart Buildings

Mike Gillespie – Ahead of the game

smart buildings by Mike Gillespie, Advent IM Smart Buildings Mike 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 June 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 June 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 June 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 June 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.uk Date : 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 EDITORS About 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 apprenticeship Simon 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.pdf https://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-commissioner https://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 April 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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  • By Ellie Hurst
  • Posted 13th April 2017
  • In cyber security, Mike Gillespie, national surveillance camera strategy, surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter

Mike Gillespie on the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s blog

National surveillance camera strategy and cyber security. Mike Gillespie on his cyber security contribution to the National Surveillance Camera Strategy. Read full story.
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