Gradian Achieves Government’s Cyber Essentials Accreditation

Gradian achieves the UK Government Cyber Essentials Accreditation and becomes the first Company to benefit from automatic Cyber Liability Assurance from AIG.
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Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700

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Gradian has now been certified by the IASME to the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme and The IASME Standard.  One of only 27 companies to achieve the accreditation so far, Gradian is the very first company to qualify for automatic cyber liability cover with AIG.

Back in June 2014 and in conjunction with the Information Assurance for Small & Medium Enterprises (IASME) and the Information Security Forum (ISF), the UK Government developed Cyber Essentials.  From October 2014 the Government will require those organisations bidding for contracts handling sensitive/personal information to be certified on the scheme.

Certification demonstrates an organisation’s ability to mitigate risk and reduce vulnerability from cyber attacks not only providing a degree of peace of mind for the certified organisation but the very same down the supply chain.  The Cyber Essentials Scheme offers a core set of security controls within a standardised assurance framework and is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses and CBI.

Additionally, Gradian now benefits from automatic Cyber Liability Assurance underwritten by AIG providing a £25,000 indemnity.  Importantly Gradian is the first company to benefit from the new AIG product.

Grant Clements Gradian’s Head of Services comments on the achievement:

“We are delighted with the accreditation and it is obviously a coup to be the first company to claim automatic Cyber Liability Assurance.  We think it’s particularly important to demonstrate to our customers that we practice what we preach.  Data Security is our area of expertise; demonstrating that we abide by a given level of risk mitigation is essential in maintaining and building trust with our customers.  We are now listed on the IASME website as a certified company and can continue through October unhindered when bidding for new contracts.”

Gradian Systems adopts a progressive forward facing approach to the provision of data security services.  In addition to the Cyber Essentials Scheme accreditation, they are Symantec Gold Partners offering expert consultancy, sales & pre-sales advice within the data security arena.  Contact Gradian on 01420 540700 for further information.

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Gradian Achieves Symantec Gold Partner Status

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Gradian Systems Achieves Symantec Gold Partner Status in Record Time!
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Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
Phone: 01420 540700

Once more Gradian are proud to announce they are true to their ongoing commitment of pursuing excellence in all areas, the latest example of this being demonstrated by Symantec awarding Gradian Gold Partner Status.

Achieving the status in record time, Gradian now boasts specialisation in a broader cross section of Symantec portfolio solutions.  At their heart is a culture of giving Gradian customers best advice across the board from Pre-sales, through Sales, Delivery and Support.  This is now one more string to their “best advice” bow.

Gradian’s Head of Services, Grant Clements, comments on Gradian’s new Gold Status:

“We are really delighted with the award.  This recognition from Symantec underpins our core competences around encryption, mail, web, authentication and endpoint security.  Consequently this will bring additional implicit assurances to our customers.”

Gradian “know-how” now demonstrates considerable depth, coupled with a unique innovative flair, within the following Symantec technologies:

- Symantec Encryption Solutions (PGP)
- Symantec Endpoint Protection
- Symantec Messaging Gateway (Brightmail)
- Symantec emailsecurity.cloud
- Symantec websecurity.cloud

Gradian Systems have been providing Data Security advice and solutions since 2001 with a corporate mission to help companies protect their critical infrastructure, information and interactions.  Whether this is data in situ, data in transit or data shared, Gradian will identify an optimum solution on a case-by-case basis deploying with the minimum of fuss and all within budget.

For more information contact Gradian on 01420 540700.

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Symantec Responds to the Scottish Government’s Increased Unease over the Country’s Threat from Cyber Attacks.

Sign up to Symantec's webinar to find out how organisations in Scotland can prepare for the increased risk of cyber attacks.
Starts: 08/21/2014 02:00 pm
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On the back of the Scottish Governments warning that the threat from Cybercrime has escalated to a Tier One threat, Symantec hosts a Webinar to educate and advise.

Endorsed whole heartedly by Gradian, participants are asked to register for this Webinar which is on 21st August 2014 at 2.00pm by clicking here.

Amongst others, these questions will be answered:

- Are you prepared for a Cyber Attack?
- How will legislation and regulations affect your costs?
- Are you aware of relevant best practices?
- As a business in Scotland, do you know where to find the expertise to help with this?

In addition, Head of Symantec’s Cyber Security Group – Sian John, will discuss the latest threat report alongside an explanation of Symantec’s pivotal involvement in two high profile Cyber Attacks that took place recently.

Can you really afford to leave it to chance? For peace of mind, and where forewarned is forearmed, sign up to the Webinar now.

 

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Gradian Demonstrates Commitment to Improving Customer Experience by Launching Self Service Portal

Gradian Systems launches a new self service portal enhancing the value of their unique cloud based delivery of Symantec's PGP Whole Disk Encryption Solution.
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Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700

Not content with being the only Data Security Specialist worldwide offering Symantec’s PGP Encryption as a Managed Service, Gradian have now launched a Self Service Portal for Whole Disk Recovery Tokens (WDRT).

Gradian, a Symantec Gold Partner, recently launched their portal allowing authorised users the ability to request WDRT online on behalf of their employees. This adds significant value to their unique cloud-based delivery of Whole Disk Encryption.

Instead of phoning the Gradian Support Helpdesk users can now access the portal on a 24x7x365 basis and, subject to rigorous authentication processes, will then receive the WDRT via email within a matter of minutes.  Matt Elvin, Gradian’s Lead Deployment Consultant outlines the benefits:

“Our portal satisfies the growing demands of enterprises operating on a global scale.  Customers with operations spanning multiple time zones will particularly benefit from an online interface for WDRT.

The benefits are considerable:

-   we reduce potential helpdesk bottle necks compared to the traditional manual process

-   it’s easy to use

-   users are able to unlock their drives quickly restoring productivity within minutes which can only have a positive effect on the customer’s bottom line

-   frustration on delay is reduced across the board client-side thereby improving customer satisfaction.”

Matt continues:

“Ultimately, increased efficiencies within the customer experience will lead to an increase in customer retention; it’s win:win all the way down the line.”

The launch of the new portal delivers within every area of Gradian’s objectives: to help organisations protect their critical infrastructure, information and interactions.  Importantly, it has the added benefit of increasing the productivity levels of their customers’ workforce.

To discuss this or find out more information on Gradian’s Whole Disk Encryption services, contact Gradian on 01420 540700.

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“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” – Beware Free Encryption Technology…

Gradian Systems offer a 45% discount off RRP for TrueCrypt users to migrate to their Fully Managed Drive Encryption Service deployed via the Cloud.
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Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
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Basic RGBFollowing the withdrawal of support by TrueCrypt – the “free” encryption solution, Gradian announced their special offer to those organisations having fallen foul.

In support of Gradian’s mission to help organisations protect their information, infrastructure and interactions, Gradian have put in place a simple and cost-effective program allowing a seamless migration from TrueCrypt to their Fully Managed Drive Encryption Service at a heavily discounted price.

For a limited period only, to the end of September, Gradian’s unique cloud based deployment service utilising Symantec’s PGP Encryption technology will be discounted by 45% off RRP.

Anthony Holmes, Gradian’s Pre-sales Consultant, outlines the pitfalls of utilising such “free” technologies:

“One of our constant battles is that often organisations risk their most valuable assets – their data – by mistakenly protecting it using free encryption software.  Stakeholders are motivated to drive down costs so obviously a free software solution has instant appeal.  Yet people forget that often the software isn’t updated to combat new threats on an ongoing basis and there are no support guarantees as TrueCrypt users have now found out to their cost.”

He continues:

“The long term ramifications from using free technologies are extensive both from a financial viewpoint and from one of litigation.  Organisations really can’t afford to take the huge risks associated with using free encryption technology.  You wouldn’t seek legal advice from your neighbour because it’s free and they watch “Law & Order” so why take a similar risk on a corporate level?  Particularly when in many cases it’s not only with your own data but also with that of your customers.”

Gradian’s Fully Managed Drive Encryption Service allows organisations to benefit from:

-   an single, annual, pay per user subscription model

-   ease of deployment with encryption at the touch of a button

-   full support 24x7x365 and underpinned by SLA’s

-   self service website portal for passcode recovery

Gradian Systems have been providing Information Security advice and solutions since 2001 and have recently won Gold Partner Status with Symantec.  Whether data is in situ, in transit or shared, Gradian will identify an optimum solution on a case-by-case basis deploying with the minimum of fuss and all within budget.

For more information contact Gradian on 01420 540700.

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Beware the Overly-Helpful Software Morphing into the Unwanted Personal Shopper…

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Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700

Children – you’ve go to love them…often happily ignorant to their parent’s data security malaise…

I caught up with my brother-in-law just before Christmas exchanging news and stories about our respective families when he sheepishly provided me with the topic for this blog.

My young nephew had decided that he would help his daddy by providing him with a comprehensive list for Father Christmas.  Using his young initiative, together with his daddy’s iPad, he created a wonderful list based on the product photographs from the website of a well-known online retailer.

Within a few hours, my brother-in-law was the bewildered recipient of an order confirmation email that had pinged into his inbox.  To his absolute horror, and unbeknown to him, he had successfully purchased over £250 worth of toys.

After a fairly heated telephone exchange between himself and the retailer’s customer service department, the order was cancelled and he directed his attention to his online account.  The penny dropped when, upon seeing his daddy using the iPad, his son asked to show him the list he’d made for Father Christmas.

Some months earlier, courtesy of the very helpful browser software, my brother-in-law had decided it would be quicker and easier to allow it to save his usernames and passwords.  The result?  Far too quick and far too easy for his son to inadvertently purchase everything on his Christmas wish list!

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So, people, if you’re going to take the easy route and save usernames and passwords through your browser, ensure that your device is password protected.  Either that or prevent it from becoming your child’s latest play thing – keep it out of reach!

Think data security.  Think data protection.  What is YOUR security profile?

 

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Industry Observer Mutterings…A Word to the Wise: “Accept” at Your Peril!

The latest mutterings from the Industry Observer illustrate how easy it is to mistakenly download malware.
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Happy New Year!  A little late perhaps, but this is my first muttering in 2014 albeit towards the end of the month.

So, I had to laugh…

A good friend of mine runs a niche IT security business selling laptop locks – the nature of his work dictates he often brings his laptop home in the evenings to do some extra work.

Having just migrated from a Blackberry to an iPhone, he wanted to be able to upload music to his iPhone.  His wife, an avid iMac user and Apple disciple, offered to download iTunes onto his PC laptop thereby facilitating his request.

Google provided the search platform and she clicked on the link to download.  Appreciating the download process would be different from that of her Mac, she merrily clicked through accepting all of the Terms and Conditions.

And thus it began…

All manner of animated gizmos whizzed around his desktop, timers started counting down, search boxes began popping up and horror and realisation crept over her face.

Malware. 

What had she done?  The Google link had said iTunes!

Her husband had a plethora of high profile contacts in his Outlook – were they all going to be infected?  Was this terminal?  What were the implications and ramifications?  She felt sick.

They immediately disconnected from the wi-fi and shut the down the laptop.  He contacted one of his engineers and, the next day, the laptop was quarantined and cleaned.

Luckily for them, the malware was fairly tame and more of an annoyance than a real threat…but a harsh lesson had been learnt.

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So, people, take strides to protect and maintain your online health:

-       thoroughly check any software before you download it
-       read the Terms & Conditions before accepting them
-       adopt an online strategy of presuming guilty before innocent.

Think data security.  Think data protection.  What is YOUR security profile?

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What to look for in a Data Protection Specialist…

Considerations when choosing your Data Protection Specialist - are they security cleared by HM Government? Can they offer on premise, cloud and hybrid delivery. Read on to discover the perfect checklist...
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Alton, Surrey
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 012420 540700

Data protection, as the name suggests, is all about mitigating risks associated with data in situ, data on the move and data shared.

A strong contender will always provide a solution tailor made to each individual organisation, positioning technology value that will positively influence the business and which yields a strong Return on Investment.

This can only truly be achieved through blending in-depth consultancy, the ability to architect and deliver the recommended solutions, and world class technical support services.

The data protection specialist of choice will need to demonstrate longevity within a fast paced highly volatile industry and have a clear vision for the future placing priority on long term on-going relationships.

➢ Do they have long standing relationships and accreditations with the core vendor technologies? Can they truly meet the requirements of your specific organisation?

➢ Can they offer solutions on premise, via the cloud or even a hybrid of the two providing them with the flexibility to meet the demands of your existing IT infrastructure and your budget considerations?

➢ Once they have access to your data can they be trusted?

➢ Are their IT professionals security cleared by HM Government?

The Ultimate Data Protection Specialist Checklist:

Data protection is ultimately concerned with protecting digital assets, safeguarding your corporate reputation and keeping your business afloat.  Before you hand your reputation over to a third party, make sure that third party ticks the right boxes and ask yourself the following:

  1. Can they protect data:
    In situ?
    In transit?
    Being shared?
  2. Is their approach both consultative and evidential?
  3. Can they deliver:
    Consultancy
    Architecture
    Technology
    Services
    Training
  4. Can they differentiate through experience and knowledge?
  5. Are they security cleared?
  6. Are they Prince 2 accredited?
  7. Can they deliver:
    On premise
    As a service via the Cloud
    A hybrid of the two
  8. Do they have a long trading history?
  9. Do they have vendor technology accreditations?
  10. Do they have a clear vision and strategy for the future?
  11. Do they go out of their way to make dealing with them as easy as possible?

For a Data Protection Specialist that ticks all the right boxes, contact Gradian on 01420 540700.

 

 

 

 

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New Symantec Encryption “Catalyst” Release Supports Windows 8

Brand: Symantec Encryption
Manufacturer: Symantec

Symantec have announced Symantec Encryption 10.3.1/3.3.1 “Catalyst” Release.  Amongst its claims this new release supports Windows 8, provides increased Linux platform support and has improved security.

 Microsoft Windows 8 Support:

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise BIOS/UEFI
32-bit 64-bit  32-bit  64-bit
Symantec Encryption Desktop      x      x       x       x  Both
Drive Encryption      x      x       x       x  Both
Desktop Email Encryption      x      x       x       x  Both
File Share Encryption      x      x       x       x  Both
Utilities (PGP Virtual Disk, PGP Zip, PGP Shredder)      x      x       x       x  Both

Additional Compatibilities:

-       Microsoft Outlook 2013 – Symantec Encryption Desktop (32-bit & 64-bit)
-       Microsoft Office 365 Cloud server – Symantec Desktop Email Encryption (when using a supported email client).
-       Mac OS – Symantec Drive Encryption & Desktop Email Encryption on OS X 10.8.3 and 10.8.4
-       Linux – Symantec Drive Encryption on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9, 6.3 & 6.4 (both 32-bit and 64-bit) & Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (32-bit and 64-bit)

Security:

To increase server and client security, security & audit fixes are also included plus open-source and third-party package updates.

Release Notes:

Symantec Encryption Desktop 10.3.1 for Windows Release Notes
Symantec Encryption Desktop 10.3.1 for Mac OS X Release Notes
Symantec Drive Encryption 10.3.1 for Linux Release Notes
Symantec Encryption Management Server 3.3.1 Release Notes
Symantec Encryption Command Line 10.3.1 Release Notes

For further information, or to upgrade your existing software call Gradian on 01420 540700.

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Industry Observer Mutterings…Seniority Doesn’t Imply Immunity!

The latest mutterings from Gradian's Industry Observer surrounding the perceived immunity top executives feel they have in relation to data security.
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Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700

I haven’t written for a while as I’ve been working offsite on a fairly comprehensive customer migration project.  Not surprisingly I witnessed my fair share of avoidable data security nightmares…

However I’m pleased to say that, on the whole, this particular organisation took the security of their data fairly seriously, blending together technical controls, policies and processes.

Until, that is, all hell broke lose one Monday morning…

Considering themselves “above the law” a couple of senior executives had decided that they could be trusted with the security of their own data and hadn’t bothered to encrypt their USB data sticks.  One such senior exec had managed to leave his unencrypted data stick on the train on the way into work.  Whilst any data can become a liability in the wrong hands, this stick contained sensitive information in relation to the imminent floatation of the company.

An extensive and rigorous strategy of “damage limitation” ensued whilst I kept my head down and continued with the work I’d been assigned to do.  It is a classic situation and, sadly, one I’ve encountered too many times before.

So all you senior execs out there: data encryption does not concern itself with questioning your trustworthy nature…it acknowledges that you are human, and where there are humans there exists human error.  Taking suitable precautionary measures is not a sign of weakness and mistrust but rather a measure of how valuable your data is to you and how seriously you take your corporate responsibility…

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So, people, just because you have experience and seniority under your belt, it doesn’t mean that you’re immune to human error.  Take heed!

Think data security.  Think data protection.  What is YOUR security profile?

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