The London Digital Security Centre was established to help businesses across the capital operate securely in an increasingly connected digital environment. As a not-for-profit organisation set up by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, the Centre works closely with the police and other partners in delivering the Mayor’s vision and maintain London as the best city in the world to visit, invest and study in.
However, according to a recent report published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 46% of businesses have experienced at least one cyber attack in the past 12 months. Despite widespread media coverage of major incidents such as WannaCry, awareness about how businesses can protect themselves against the most common types of cyber attack remains low. This is where the Centre comes in by working closely with local communities to raise awareness of the risks they face and by providing independent and impartial advice to reduce their vulnerability to cyber crime.
The London Digital Security Centre does this in a number of ways. Regular events held across London’s Boroughs targeting small to medium sized businesses, have proven to be extremely successful. Members of the Centre’s team, accompanied by police officers, visit businesses in the community to help them risk assess their digital security. Changing the way businesses think about digital security and implementing a few simple measures provided free by the Centre, can prevent the majority of cyber crime attacks; a recent report by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) highlighted 80% of all cyber attacks are preventable. Since April, the Centre has delivered ‘In Your Community’ events across 8 London Boroughs and engaged with over 3,000 individuals and 2,000 organisations. Over 400 risk assessments have been carried out and the results fed back to each business. Further events are planned in early 2018.
But it’s not just in visiting local business where the Centre has succeeded. Bringing together a wide range of organisations, cyber experts, trade associations and academics has helped raise the profile of digital security and provided much needed clarity to businesses. At a recent event in Leicester, where over 100 local businesses attended, delegates learned from a variety of guest speakers about how they could use the internet to develop their business, but without exposing themselves to unnecessary risk. The Centre is now working closely with a number of top universities in the UK to develop an evidence base about what works in cyber security.
Looking forward, there are some exciting developments ahead for the Centre. As the cyber security market becomes increasingly cluttered, customers are becoming increasingly confused about what security products are right for them. The Centre recognises this challenge and has been working with Secured By Design, the flagship police initiative, to develop a new accreditation scheme. Over the coming months, our partners and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to be involved in the scheme’s development. Expected to be launched in March 2018, it will be the first police backed accreditation scheme of its kind in the digital security marketplace.
There has also been interest in rolling out the London Digital Security Centre model across other parts of the country and other global cities. Constructive discussions and development plans have been undertaken with a number of police forces outside of London and will continue into 2018.
Of course, some companies will require additional products and services over and above those provided for free by the Centre. This is why London Digital Security Centre created its own Marketplace which contains a small number of carefully selected cyber security companies. These companies have been selected by Centre on the basis of their offering to the SME community; capability and pricing model. SME’ using one of our Marketplace partners can be reassured that they will be buying products and services that are relevant and help increase their security posture.
The Centre continues to work closely with its partners in achieving its core aim. Over the following pages, a number of our growing marketplace partners provide a brief explanation about why they work with us, what they offer, and what they believe are the biggest challenges that SMEs face today. Please visit their websites.
You can find more about the London Digital Security Centre and our partners here: www.londondsc.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
The articles that follow are from some of the selected partners that made it through our selection process in the summer of 2017.

Securonix
limrie@securonix.com

What products do you provide?
Securonix, the leader in User & Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA), helps companies detect insider and outsider threats by enriching data and applying Behavioral Analytics to existing information security, application and identity data.
If you are working to stop data exfiltration, privileged account misuse, ransomware or inappropriate cloud usage, Securonix have an approach worthy of consideration. Not only can Securonix help bubble the “bad” or “most risky” behaviours to the top, they also provide super fast, natural language search capability on years worth of data. Securonix’s value proposition includes the potential to reduce costs by offering the opportunity to eliminate legacy technologies.
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
We joined LDSC because we believe organisations of any size should have access to the very best security solutions at a cost that suits their budget. Currently SMEs struggle with an ever changing threat landscape that demands up to date threat hunting capabilities and the cyber team resources to manage this area which is expensive and often outside of a typical SME budget. With Securonix in the Cloud we are able to offer a full service of software and manpower to keep smaller companies and their customers safe.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
As cybercrime evolves and threats become more sophisticated, Securonix in the Cloud means SMEs will have all the benefits of a leading edge threat hunting team at their fingertips.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
We hope that by joining and supporting LDSC we will be able to offer a flexible and affordable solution to all LDSC members who are looking to bolster their cyber security and insider threat capabilities.

Xcina
Sarah.Hunt@xcina.co.uk

What products do you provide?
Xcina Consulting Limited provide Data Protection Services and Cyber Security Services.
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
We believe in the London Digital Security Centre’s core message of making London a safer place to do business and believe that if small to medium enterprises are educated and advised correctly, London will become the safest place in the world to do business.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
At Xcina, we think probably one of the biggest challenges to an SME currently is being able to raise their game sufficiently to ensure security risks are addressed effectively and sustainably. Doing enough just to comply with the law represents a significant challenge for many SMEs.
Therefore, staying ahead is probably one of the biggest challenges an SME will face going forward, as the pace of change and evolution of the security threat accelerates.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
Over the next 12 months, we would like to see the London Digital Security Centre raise more awareness so that everyone talks about the Centre as a normal everyday occurrence.

Assuria
andyk@assuria.com

What products do you provide?
Assuria is a UK developer of SOC-enabling software which provides the key components for a multi-tenanted unified threat management system.
We are now taking this capability and democratising cyber security for the SME market. For the first time it will be possible for organisations of all sizes to access world-class services at an affordable price. Growing cyber threats require matching defensive capability and yet the majority of SMEs are only just waking up to the need for protective monitoring within their business.
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
The LDSC provides a significant educational role and, as a neutral and trusted source, can promote the importance of cyber security to the UK economy. Whilst central government through the likes of the NCSC are offering good advice, getting the message across to the millions of small businesses throughout the country can only be achieved by a local presence.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
After education comes implementation – but even having understood the risks they face, the SME still has the challenge of choosing the best way of solving their problems and keeping themselves safe. Having been carefully vetted by the LDSC, SMEs can be confident that the Assuria service will deliver the benefits they are looking for at a price they can afford.
Of course the threat landscape is constantly evolving and SMEs will struggle to keep up given the complex nature of the environment. The challenge is to use an approach that allows them to focus on their business whilst giving them the assurance they need that they won’t wake up one morning to find themselves subject to a catastrophic exploit.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
Assuria believe that in conjunction with the LDSC we can make London and the whole country a safer place to do busin

Data 2Vault
mark.saville@data2vault.com

What products do you provide?
Threats from Cyber attacks are increasing, fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated in their activities and the consequences of successful Cyber crime are becoming more devastating to the organisations that are breached.
One of the biggest challenge SME’s face in combatting Cyber threats is the allocation of limited resources. Anything that diverts them from growing their business is seen as an overhead, but the cost of ignoring the Cyber crime threat, could be catastrophic.
Data2Vault are a Managed Service Provider offering advanced Data Protection and Data Insurance.
We are the last line of defence when a Cyber breach occurs, or data is lost, because we recover data, applications and complete systems to “help keep the lights on”, underpinned by an Allianz underwritten Data Insurance policy, and we put these protections in place with minimal overhead on the organisation.
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
We joined London DSC to help Board Directors and business owners recognise data loss is a business risk, NOT a technology risk. Implementing Cyber security technology is only one part of making their businesses safer to operate online, and by adding staff training, user awareness programmes and ultimately transferring the residual risk of data loss with Data Insurance, an organisations unique data assets are safeguarded.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
Even the best run companies, investing in the all the right areas to protect against a successful Cyber attack can suffer a data breach or data loss, because you can never achieve zero risk. There is always a residual risk. Quantifying the impact that losing critical data has on the business, and then addressing the residual risk of data loss by either accepting it (self-insuring), or transferring the risk through a Data Insurance policy is our aim. Data Protection by Design.
For more information contact lorna.gevaux@data2vault.com, call 0333 3442380 or complete the online Data Insurance fast quote at www.data2vault.com

Yubico
claire@yubico.com

What products do you provide?
Yubico is the leading provider of modern authentication and encryption hardware for individual users and enterprises. The company’s core invention, the YubiKey, delivers strong two-factor authentication, with a simple touch, across any number of IT systems and online services. The YubiHSM, Yubico’s ultra-portable hardware security module, protects sensitive data inside standard servers.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
For small and medium enterprises (SMEs), security can often translate to sacrificing valuable resources: bandwidth and budget. And in an age where Equifax’s of the world make media headlines, it can be easy to back-burner an otherwise daunting implementation, because who’s really going after the “little” guys? What’s often overlooked is the ease in which corporate accounts can be hacked. Nearly 80% of breaches are a result of phishing, and with rising levels of sophistication and targeting, they are nearly undetectable by even the most trained eye. One employee account can open far more access to an enterprise than one might imagine — look at Deloitte.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
With security headaches top of mind for SMEs, Yubico’s partnership with the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) is a powerful union. Every bit of Yubico’s work is focused on making strong security easily accessible to everyone – whether through simple, convenient user experiences or price tags within reach of every organization – and LDSC shares this mission. Moving forward, the security landscape will only continue to rapidly change with new attack vectors popping up left and right. This is undoubtedly overwhelming in a predominantly digital world, but specifically so for businesses with more limited resources. It will be imperative that organizations within the cybersecurity ecosystem join forces to further educate, encourage, and empower business communities to tackle online security and safety. Fortunately, through efforts of organizations such as LDSC, it’s not a far fetched idea to see significantly more cyber-equipped SMEs within a year’s time.

Panaseer
claire.jones@panaseer.com

What products do you provide?
Panaseer is a London-headquartered cyber security data analytics company.
Panaseer has developed a big data analytics software platform designed to automate identification, measurement, communication, and mitigation of cyber risk. The Panaseer® Security Data Lake gives data-driven CISOs the continuous visibility and automated reporting capability they need to seamlessly optimise cyber hygiene across their environments and rapidly answer cyber risk questions from executives and regulators.
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
The London Digital Security Centre marketplace is a fantastic initiative as it gives London businesses a way to evaluate the cutting edge cyber solutions that are on their doorstep and crucially get on the front-foot in the fight against cyber crime.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
In the most part small business are far less likely to be targeted than larger enterprises, as the potential return on an attackers investment is smaller. The SMEs major weakness is likely to be a lack of awareness, and lack of good hygiene to stop the majority of commodity attacks.
As outlined above for small businesses, with no special reason to be targeted, the common risks are data theft (theft of employee data, credit card information, customer information etc.) and fraud (unauthorised wire transfers, stealing banking credentials, ransomware attacks).
The risk of these is hugely reduced when the SME has good cyber hygiene. Small businesses should always automatically install service updates to their operating systems, and be on a fully licensed and supported operating system. In the good old days, we didn’t used to update our software because it often broke – the risk lay in the update. But now that software-testing processes are more robust, your risk lies in not updating the software because that leaves it vulnerable to attackers.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
We would like to see the marketplace extended to become a best-in-breed vendor ecosystem that businesses from all sizes, from SMEs to enterprises, can call upon to compare products and services aligned to their needs.

Thinking Safe
julian.dean@thinkingsafe.com

What products do you provide?
ThinkingSafe is the leading GDPR Compliance Cloud Service in the UK, with over 15 years of experience protecting information in the cloud with end-to-end “zero-knowledge” encryption.
Our GDPR Compliance Solution is simple and easy to use, encrypting confidential documents within forensic archives, and allowing data controllers to delegate access to named individuals within and across organisations, supporting compliance with all GDPR requirements.
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
ThinkingSafe is committed to helping the London Digital Security Centre to make the UK the safest place to do business online, and is particularly focused on delivering simple and easy to use cloud services, which allow business users to manage confidential information securely.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
We believe the biggest challenge for SMEs is how to manage confidential information securely, because business owners are currently overloaded with unnecessary technical arguments, when what they really want is simple and easy to use solutions, which make the business more effective, and also deliver the security required.
We believe this is part of a broader challenge for SMEs, which is the need for business owners and delegated personnel to manage information securely, without technical restrictions or assistance. Business has always been about people and the relationships between them, and possession of information has always conferred power, so it is no surprise that others want to take this from us. The only real surprise is that we have allowed technology to limit our use of this power, rather than demanding that technology helps us to exercise our power by allowing the business to control how this valuable information is used.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
ThinkingSafe would like the London Digital Security Centre reach out to all businesses in the capital and across the UK, promoting simple and cost effective actions, which allow them to manage and share confidential information with their customers, suppliers and colleagues more securely.

IASME
chris.pinder@iasme.co.uk

What products do you provide?
The IASME Consortium is one of 5 Accreditation Bodies appointed by government to assess against the Government backed Cyber Essentials certification. IASME also assesses against its own highly regarded and award-winning governance standard which includes the GDPR requirements.
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
IASME and London Digital Security Centre share a common vision to make it easier for SMEs to identify, access and implement solutions which make a real difference in the defence against cyber security threats.
The support of The Mayor’s Office, the Met Police and the City of London Police provides added reassurance and outlines just how seriously businesses should be taking this very real 21st Century threat.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
With so many priorities, not least ensuring the continued profitability of their businesses, one of the biggest challenges for SMEs is finding the time and resource necessary to give cyber security the consideration it demands. The Centre plays a key role in this dichotomy by helping identify solutions relevant to individual businesses then facilitating introductions to providers who can implement those solutions.
One of the biggest future challenges is approaching extremely rapidly! The General Data Protection Regulation will place a greater onus on businesses to protect the personal data they hold and ensure any personal data transferred is done so in a secure manner. The penalties for not doing this will be significant. The Information Commissioner has already stated that cyber security and GDPR are inextricably linked. In that regard, the work of the Centre and its partners will help SMEs meet the requirements of this important new regulation.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
When we first met with the London Digital Security Centre they outlined their very ambitious targets in terms of the numbers of businesses they will assist. We’d love to see the Centre exceed those targets and for IASME to help them achieve this. In partnership, we can make a real difference towards ensuring the continued prosperity of the UK as a leading digital economy.

Alliantist
sarah.james@isms.online

What products do you provide?
We are Alliantist and we build SaaS platforms in the UK for managing information security, data protection, and highly secure online collaboration.
Our ISMS.online platform is a secure cloud-based information security management system. It has powerful built-in tools and frameworks to help organisations all over the world describe and demonstrate their compliance with regulations and certifications like GDPR and ISO 27001. ISMS.online also contains proven policies for organisations to add to or adapt, then ultimately adopt into their own working environment. ISMS.online is used by
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
The Centre to help them achieve their own GDPR goals.
Our aim is to make good information security and data protection management available to organisations of all sizes so that they can stay secure, demonstrate how they can be trusted, and continue to grow as a result. There are a lot of synergies in the missions of The Centre and Alliantist.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
Building the right mentality towards data protection and information security. We’re moving away from an era of tick-box compliance to one where we understand and mitigate the risks to our own and others information, genuinely living and breathing those principles. We’re also seeing a shift from seeing compliance as a chore, to it being an attractive business differentiator and opportunity for growth.
Being considered by customers and prospects as part of a secure supply chain…and that means offering assurances of their own GDPR compliance and sound information security management, but also that of their own key suppliers.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
We would like to see The Centre evidence a positive shift, not just in the digital security of organisations, but in the board level mindset towards responsible information security management.

Zonefox
garry.dix@aspectuspr.com

What products do you provide?
Based in Edinburgh, ZoneFox is a cybersecurity company that focuses on detecting insider threats, targeted attacks, and other fraudulent activities. Through ground-breaking and sophisticated UEBA and machine-learning technology, it provides rapid, actionable insights around user behaviour and data flow, empowering smart security decisions and a strong security posture. I spun the company out of my PhD at Edinburgh Napier University, so R&D is entrenched in its roots.
Our hosted platform breaks the mould for UEBA solutions, putting our powerfully unique machine-learning technology directly into the hands of businesses of all sizes.
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
We were delighted to sign as an LDSC partner, as we treat cybersecurity education with utmost importance, firmly believing that working with wider groups is the best way to share knowledge.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
When it comes to the biggest challenges currently faced by SMEs, there’s no doubt that the staggering lack of resources to tackle security issues plays a big part. Such resources can range from tech support to the appropriate training required to make people who might not be infosecurity -minded aware of the risks of, say, opening a phishing email – and how to spot such an email in the first place.
As such, for the future, SMEs must grapple with the challenge of raising greater awareness of such cybersecurity issues and implementing a robust education programme for this purpose. Generally, humans are pack animals; if we all work together, then we’re all better off, and the same principle applies when it comes to cybersecurity education.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
In terms of what we’d like to see the LDSC achieve in the next 12 months, above all, there must be a continued, proactive focus on educating people – whether through practical demonstrations or industry experts they can talk to. Ultimately, it’s paramount to be passionate when engaging other people in security.

BLOCKPHISH
andy.green@BlockPhish.com

What products do you provide?
BLOCKPHISH provide a proven solution to the most significant cyber threat facing organisations today; phishing emails. By sending simulated phishing emails to staff and following up with innovative learning, the BLOCKPHISH approach reduces organisations’ susceptibility to this cyber-crime by over 90%.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
Cyber criminals are targeting SME’s in London relentlessly, and losses to fraud have exceed £1.4Bn in the last three years alone. This trend looks set to continue, and creating a cybersecurity-aware workforce is the key to preventing losses.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
BLOCKPHISH are committed to working with LDSC to help reduce fraud and cyber crime in London.

iCYBER-SECURITY GROUP
marco.essomba@icyber-security.com

What products do you provide?
We provide a range of services that range from our iCyber-Shield Cyber Defence Platform, that uses software to drive cognitive automation in the cybersecurity space. This helps companies react faster and defend better against cyber threat, at lower costs than currently possible with human technical resources. This platform works with your existing investments in security vendor technologies that you have chosen.
We also provide training at a technical level through our iCyber-Academy, which also publishes in the UK and Ireland, the cybersecurity trends magazine.
We also offer consulting advice on how best to put the right security and network architecture in place as well as recommending the right choice of vendor solutions to fit your organisations needs and budgets. Currently with GDPR a hot topic, our GDPR Readiness Assessment Programme enables a business to rapidly pinpoint what they must focus on with a rapidly reducing deadline date approaching
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
LDSC have a worthy goal to make aware and educate businesses in London to the growing risks of cyber crime. Many attacks arise due to human error rather than a lack of technology so awareness is a key first step. Our Academy and this Magazine strives to achieve the same goal. We also like that LDSC seek to champion value solutions for SMEs and we believe our iCyber-Shield Cyber Defence Platform has a role to play here, especially as the cost of getting the right technical resources are sky-rocketing in the current environment with the demand for skills far out-stripping supply.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
SME’s are in a really tough place. With a lack of time, lack of resource and lack of budget and with accelerating evolution in attacks and regulations aimed at improving organisations security to protect individuals data there is a lot to do. The sheer pace of new vendor solutions and the price of technical resources which has risen this year alone by over 30% means that SMEs are realistically outpriced in getting help. However many of the basic efforts to protect your business need minimal technical spend, the right advice is key. LDSC provides an easily accessible set of resources to keep businesses safer.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
We would like to see LDSC achieve its ambitious goals to get an awareness outreach programme succeed in London. We would also like to see LDSC put on more networking events for the mid-size enterprise sectors.

Symantec
Juliet_StanfordSmith@symantec.com

What products do you provide?
Symantec Corporation, the world’s leading cyber security company, helps organizations, governments and people secure their most important data wherever it lives. Organisations across the world look to Symantec for strategic, integrated solutions to defend against sophisticated attacks across endpoints, cloud and infrastructure. Likewise, a global community of more than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton and LifeLock product suites to protect their digital lives at home and across their devices. Symantec operates one of the world’s largest civilian cyber intelligence networks, allowing it to see and protect against the most advanced threats. https://www.symantec.com/about/newsroom/digital-assetgallery

APMG International
estelle.hicks-bennett@apmggroup.co.uk

What products do you provide?
We are a global accreditation and examination institute, with a diverse portfolio of certification schemes including internationally renowned solutions for project, business and IT Management, Public and Private Partnerships and Cyber security. Three of our products and services are offered on the LDSC MarketPlace; an online cyber security training platform (MITIGATE), the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme and the UK MOD developed Cyber Defence Capability Assessment Tool (CDCAT®). In addition, there is currently a free MITIGATE Social Engineering module, and a discount for Cyber Essentials certification available to members.
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
LDSC are championing cyber security from the ground up, particularly in support of SMEs. They approached APMG to become a preferred partner, having identified us as a trustworthy, competent and established organisation with a world-class cyber portfolio that meets the needs of organisations of all sizes.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
SME’s are bombarded with an enormous volume of advice and information, and it is difficult to identify relevant areas to focus on, to keep their business secure. Often, an expert is required to identify what the business needs are, in an area as detailed, technical and continuously evolving as cyber security. It can be easy to invest in the wrong area, and not actually achieve what your business requires to be secure. Some businesses may not need to spend anything – others may need to invest in key areas to protect valuable assets and information. Reliable and trustworthy advice is required – and the LDSC-approval gives that assurance that the businesses you are dealing with can be relied upon for high quality advice and services.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
If the importance of cyber security is successfully conveyed, and awareness is raised – with more people, and small businesses understanding the complexities (or knowing where to go to find out) – that will be a great achievement.

PAV IT Services
Colin.ward@pav.co.uk

What products do you provide?
PAV i.t. Services is an IT managed services provider specialising in security solutions to help businesses of all sizes better protect themselves against cyber crime. One of our principal services is a cyber security audit, which provides a road map™ for SMEs to highlight the most effective steps they need to become more cyber resilient. PAV also delivers user awareness and phishing simulations to help ensure that employees become a company’s strongest defence against cyber crime rather than its weakest link.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
One of the biggest challenges to SMEs is to understand where and how they are vulnerable to a cyber attack, which is why we advise them to start with a cyber security audit. This makes sure that they are equipped with the right knowledge to effectively manage risk and allocate resources. The vast number of security products and services on the market makes it very challenging for SMEs to decide which security solutions they need to respond to their specific risks and requirements. This situation will increase in the future as the threat landscape diversifies and cyber criminals find new vulnerabilities to exploit. SMEs will need to stay abreast of these challenges by using their limited resources in the most effective manner.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
PAV would like to see the London Digital Security Centre continue to build upon the momentum it has generated since its launch. Engaging with SMEs in order to help them better protect themselves against cyber crime is fundamental for London businesses to gain the maximum benefit from the opportunities provided by an increasingly digital economy. We would like to support the London Digital Security Centre in increasing this engagement with London businesses to reach a larger number of companies over the next 12 months.

Sims Recycling Solutions
Kristine.Kearney@simsmm.com

What products do you provide?
Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) is an industry leading IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) and recycling company. We help clients solve the challenge of sustainable management of their IT assets, while minimising data risks, maximising value recovery and ensuring compliance.
SRS manages returns, recalls, refreshes, redeployment and disposal of IT and networking equipment. We offer secure and compliant ITAD solutions, allowing companies to reuse and recycle their equipment in the most environmentally friendly and commercially viable way.
Why did you sign as an LDSC partner?
SRS signed up as LDSC partners to be part of a proactive and positive journey towards making London the safest place in the world to conduct business. The LDSC is the first organisation to bring together the best service providers in every aspect of cyber security and data protection and offer their services collectively to the market.
This is an opportunity for all businesses, regardless of their size or industry, to access a holistic suite of data protection services from industry leading vendors. SRS is proud to be part of this.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
Not all risks are high tech. The challenge for SMEs is to put in place appropriate online security and controls to protect against cyber threats as well as those potential threats that come from disposing of end of life IT equipment via unsecure channels.
The biggest future challenges are going to arise from the current pace of change in the technology and data regulatory landscapes. Where is the next threat coming from, and what is the commercial impact of a data breach going to be.
Without appropriate technical and organisational security controls in place fines and reputational damage could severely cripple an SME.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
Together with the LDSC, SRS is excited to be part of making London the safest place in the world to conduct digital business. The LDSC has brought together a cohort of industry-leading product partners who can offer any organisation, large or small, the tools, services and support it needs to run their business in a secure and sustainable way.
SRS is looking forward to seeing LDSC rolling this product portfolio out to the market and engaging businesses across the capital in to take action to protect themselves against cyber security and data protection risks

Estatom
jbb@estatom.com

What products do you provide?
Estatom is a UK Headquartered, advanced software development company. It has produced a small, fast and secure OS combined with an intelligent, integrated, amorphous database. FORNAX. Fornax combines a granularity in access control, formidable security, a tiny footprint, distributed computing capabilities and an unrivalled speed of operation. It delivers efficiency, correctness, security and usability in and for current and future technologies.
What do you believe the biggest future challenges for an SME are?
Current and future challenges for business are that we live in a new era centred around networks & connectivity which demands new ways to process, store, secure & manage data. The old ways of working are not sufficient and businesses require new solutions to manage legacy, security, resiliency and capacity.
What would you like to see the London Digital Security Centre achieve in the next 12 months?
The LDSC (and all parties) need to promote that a new way of doing things is required and that additional abstraction layers on an already complex technology stack is not the answer.

John Unsworth | CEO London Digital Security Centre
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