BPE Solicitors and Bamboo Technology Group introduce Digital Assurance as a Service

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Digital Assurance as a Service

Cheltenham-based commercial law firm BPE Solicitors and ICT managed services provider Bamboo Technology Group have created an innovative, technical and legal service that builds your operational and cyber resilience.

Digital Assurance as a Service (“Digital Assurance”) will see Bamboo’s technical diagnostic tools seamlessly combine with BPE’s legal diagnostic expertise to help you build operational and cyber resilience across your organisation and your critical supply chains, reassure your insurer and regulators that you are cyber compliant and  deflect the financial and reputational damage that is so often caused when a cyber attack happens. Digital Assurance has been created in-line with UK Government and NCSC guidelines as best practice.

Lee Hibbert, Director of Digital Assurance at Bamboo and co-creator of the new service commented “We know that in reality it’s not a question of if a business will suffer a cyber attack, but when. By implementing Digital Assurance as a Service, businesses can be confident that their people, networks and systems are resilient, and if they do suffer an attack, Bamboo and BPE will have minimised the risk and will support your response”.

Sarah Kenshall, Technology Partner at BPE and co-creator added “We so often see technical and legal teams working in silos, but by working collaboratively, the resilience customers will have will be so much stronger. Our digital assurance solution will turn cyber risk into cyber power”.

For hackers and cybercriminals, opportunities have never been greater. With an increase in the usage of digital services, the number of public IP addresses continually growing and a staggering amount of data generated across the globe every day, there is a multitude of vulnerabilities which can be taken advantage of. It means the likelihood of your business and extended supply chains being hacked is higher than ever.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has estimated that cyber-attacks cost UK business £34 billion each year. For SMEs through to large organisations, the challenge is complex, and the threat of a cyber-attack is a serious one. Establishing greater cyber resilience and being on the front foot is critical, as a business is certainly only as strong as its weakest link.

Operationally resilient? Think again

If you think your cyber resilience and cyber hygiene are at the right level, you may need to think again. Cyber threats evolve daily, like a virus, finding new weaknesses and ways of hitting your business; so policies and procedures and supply chain controls need to be updated constantly. The impact of a hack can be severe, from reputational damage to the complete crippling of all operations, as well as the potential for corporate and personal fines at board level, so it’s critical that you’re on the front foot.

Designed to build your business’ resilience…

 IT, technology and legal teams often work in silos rather than collaboratively, which can leave critical gaps in an organisation’s cyber defence strategy. The cost of sourcing up-to-the-minute, expert advice in this area can also be prohibitive. So, what’s the solution?

The Technology division at BPE has partnered with Cheltenham-based Bamboo Technology Group for an innovative service which meets this challenge head-on, following the UK Government and NCSC guidelines as best practice. Digital Assurance as a Service is a combined tech and legal service, designed to make your organisation digitally-fit and augments its resilience against diverse or blunt threats. And, crucially, it helps it stay that way.

Turning technology and legal expertise to your advantage

The technology element of the service uses an automated diagnostic tool to carry out an audit, conduct threat and vulnerability assessments and identify any weaknesses. It independently certifies and verifies an organisation’s digital status, which can also open the door to new business opportunities.

A full governance review ensures that the right roles and responsibilities have been allocated; and that suitable policies, procedures, training and validation are in place. Wargaming and simulations enable a much faster, more effective response across the whole team in the event of a real hack, all documented in the ‘Digital Response Playbook’. This isn’t a box-ticking exercise: it actively helps your organisation to meet cyber threats in the most proactive way possible.

The legal aspect of cyber security is also made watertight. Contracts are reviewed and upgraded across the entire supply chain, and evidence logs provide tangible proof that all controls, processes and contracts are fit for purpose and fully up-to-date.

How to keep your organisation protected

Digital Assurance offers organisations a smart combination of integrated technology and legal expertise in one place. It puts organisations on the front foot in a constantly evolving digital landscape, and helps to reduce the operational impact, reputational risk, potential fines and the risk of litigation. Plus, with greater digital resilience there are potential savings to be made on insurance.

Whatever the size of your business, the cyber threat is real, present and complex therefore establishing greater digital resilience is critical, as a business is certainly only as strong as its weakest link.

If you would like to know more about Digital Assurance as a Service, Sarah Kenshall at BPE Solicitors digitalassurance@bpe.co.uk or call 01242 501903 or email Bamboo Technology at da@bamboo.tech


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