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TRUSTED PARTNERS

Trusted Partners are official providers of Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certification to our local businesses and charities.

Cyber Essentials helps you to guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security which can often become a requirement when tendering for work in both public and private sectors..

 

Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.

 

There are two levels of certification and you can read about it in detail here.

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MEET OUR TRUSTED PARTNERS 

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TONY WOODHOUSE

Tony is the Service Delivery Manager at Solutions4iT, and has held the position for just over a year. Previously to this, Tony was the company’s Senior Technical and Cyber Security Engineer. Tony has over 20 years’ experience as an IT engineer and 5 of those have also been within the Cyber Security side of the business. 

 

Tony has worked at Solutions4iT for over 8 years and in this time has progressed from a Level 2 helpdesk Technician to his current role. As the Service Delivery Manager, Tony’s role is to ensure that all customers get the same level of Customer Service no matter what their size. This is achieved by implementing good processes and procedures and ensuring that all staff follow them, whilst also identifying and rectifying any issues as quickly as possible.

 

Click here to visit their website.

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JOHN DOUGLAS

John has been supporting the delivery of safe and reliable computer systems for over forty years.   During that time he has been a programmer, system architect, teacher in higher education, head of management services, product manager for a US west coast computer manufacturer, chief technology officer for a software company, head of the Midlands management consultancy practice of Ernst & Young and director of several companies.

 

John's skills are centred around the delivery of business advantage using information and communication technologies.  His knowledge cover three principal areas: information systems security (cyber security), enterprise architectures and IT service management, all of which are required to deliver secure ICT systems.

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ABDUL KHOT

Abdul is the CEO and founder of AMSA InfoSec Ltd, a cyber security services provider to government and private sector clients specialising in providing:

  • Security Architecture,

  • Risk Management, 

  • Certification services e.g. Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance compliance.

 

With over 23 years combined IT and security experience, coupled with industry qualifications, Abdul is well placed to provide expert advice on how to secure businesses.  AMSA InfoSec is pleased to be a Trusted Partner working alongside The Cyber Resilience Centre for the West Midlands.

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PHIL LYNCH

Phil Lynch is a Managing Principal Security Consultant within the UK penetration testing team at Nettitude. Phil has over 20 years’ experience within the information technology sector with experience in most roles, specialising in information security for the past 10 years. During this time Phil has worked with a large and diverse client base from both the public and private sectors, including UK Government, Defence and numerous private organisations globally. 

 

Phil specialises in Red Teaming and fills the role of Simulated Attack Manager (SAM) but has a vast range of experience and knowledge in many areas. Phil delivers first class consultancy backed by in-depth technical skills which he can deliver to a wide range of audiences from both the technical and business management arenas.

Phil Joined the Royal Air Force in 1989 as an 18-year-old and trained as a communications and radar engineer. His service spanned 24 years during which he served in multiple locations globally including tours in Germany and Nevada, USA. His service also included several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan where he was awarded campaign medals.

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GARY COLMAN

Gary has over 15 years experience within IT audit and assurance provision and currently manages the WMAS
Information Security & Assurance Service (ISAS) which delivers services to multiple public and private sector
clients.

 

Whilst the WMAS ISAS provides a wide range of IT governance and consultancy services, Gary specifically
undertakes technical IT security assurance work including cyber essentials assessments and penetration tests for national and local NHS organisations (including Health Education England), private sector healthcare providers and software developers, charitable organisations and local and national government.

 

Gary has presented at numerous national and local level events on the topics of IT assurance, cyber security and penetration testing. Key areas of expertise include IT audit & assurance, penetration testing, assessment services for both ISO27001 assessment and consultancy and Cyber Essentials assessment.

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USMAN KHAN

Usman Khan is a Principal Security Consultant and the Director at IAP Consulting.

 

Usman has more than 15 years of experience in security architecture, risk management and security operations. He currently holds CISSP, CISM, SABSA, ISO 27001 LA, CCP SIRA and CCP IA Architect professional certifications alongside numerous technology vendor certifications. ​

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PETE RUCINSKI

Pete has delivered IT and security solutions for over 20 years – both within the Defence and Commercial sectors.  He is an NCSC Certified Cyber Professional (CCP), Chartered IT Professional and Chartered Engineer.  

 

Since founding Assure Technical in 2011, it’s been his mission to help organisations develop an effective holistic security capability that builds resilience and improves performance.

 

He understands the importance of appropriate and effective cyber, physical and information security risk management.  He take’s time to understand his clients and adopts a pragmatic and flexible partnership approach to help them protect their business.

 

Pete has been an IASME Accredited assessor since 2017.  Since then, he has supported hundreds of organisations, from a wide range of industries, achieve Cyber Essentials, Cyber Essentials PLUS and IASME Governance certifications.  

 

Pete is perfectly placed as your cyber security partner of choice, providing a range of competitively priced cyber awareness training and certification packages tailored to your budget, timeframe and experience.

Click here to visit their website. 

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CHRIS BLUNT

Chris has over 25 years of experience in I.T and has been running his own IT and Cyber security MSP for the last 15 years. He’s a licensed Cybersecurity Assessor and is deeply passionate about promoting Cyber security best practice to SMBs in areas such as Professional Services, Charity, Manufacturing, Public Sector and retail. When not working, you’ll often find him out walking with his Border Collie or loosing golf balls on his local course.

 

Whilst working at Yahoo, Chris was part of the ‘Paranoids’, Yahoo’s volunteer security team, bringing all the knowledge and experience he picked up working for Global Giants, Chris channels this into his passion for helping SMB’s win by adopting best practice in IT and Cyber security.

 

Chris and his Team of highly qualified IT Experts have a simple philosophy, “Make IT Easy” for their clients. That means making sure they have the right IT Solutions which are properly looked after and properly secured. He's always happy to chat about some of the gaping security holes he finds in far too many businesses (and how you avoid them!) and how adopting some simple Security best practice will help these companies stay safe and secure in the Modern Workplace.

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MERRIS CONSULTING LTD

Merris Consulting Ltd, is a West Midlands based IASME approved Certification Body. It is licensed to issue certification, and provide consultancy, advice and guidance to companies wishing to obtain Cyber Essentials, IASME Governance, and Internet of Things (IOT) Certification.
 
The Director Nick Merris has had many years’ experience working for various secure government departments, (both in the UK and overseas) and specialises in Supply Chain Security, (compliance and audit), and Network Security, (operational management, compliance and audit).
 
In addition to the above, we specialise in writing and maintaining Security Management Plans (SMP’s), for those companies already listed with, or wanting to join the various government agency supplier frameworks.
 
Merris Consulting Ltd, trades (on-line) as SMPRiskManaged.com, which is a collective of suitably qualified, experienced and security cleared professionals working up to the highest security classifications.
 
We have helped many companies achieve contract award, through understanding and implementing best Information Assurance, Data Protection and Cyber Security practices.
 
Whether you are a small start-up with just a phone and a laptop, or and established List-X company we can help you manage your information risk, and help you achieve certification.

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LINDSEY DAVIS

Lindsey has worked at D2NA for 3 years and is truly passionate about Cyber Security. As Client Relationship Manager, her role is to fully understand the security needs of the customer before scoping out a solution with D2NA’s Security Experts. Focussing on collaborative working, Lindsey is there to offer guidance and support, building strong relationships along the way.

 

D2NA helps organisations mitigate risk and secure their systems, people and data through robust cyber security solutions. They are trusted by IASME and CREST UK to deliver Cyber Essentials, Cyber Essentials plus and penetration testing. Their award-winning team provide technical advice and service delivery to complement their partners’ capabilities.

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RICHARD MERRYGOLD

A highly experienced Data Protection practitioner, Richard has spent over 10 years supporting organisations across healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology, charity and financial service sectors. A firm believer in engaging on an operational level in addition to key stakeholders in Compliance and Legal he takes pride in building sustainable privacy frameworks, providing real world, workable solutions to a wide range of privacy related challenges. He is also a regular speaker and commentator on data protection and privacy matters and holds the BCS Certificate in Data Protection.

 

Richard is co-founder of iSTORM®, a market leading consultancy and advisory service provider which specialises in providing data protection, information security and penetration testing consultancy and support services to a wide range of organisations across the UK and Europe.

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GEMMA BRIDGEMAN

Gemma is the Head of Development at Clarifyi a brand powered by Forensic Pathways. Clarifyi was born from a desire to make knowledge accessible. To demystify threat intelligence and let people focus on their issue rather than having to learn to understand threat intelligence, the acronyms, and tech speak.

 

Gemma has over 10 year’s experience in cyber, she is passionate about helping companies protect their data from cyber criminals. Gemma has worked with many companies to implement these strategies in the real world.

Click here to visit their website.

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HEXAD Information Security Services Limited

HEXAD Information Security Services is an IASME accredited data protection and information security company focused on providing information security and data compliance services including UK GDPR, EU GDPR, PECR audit and compliance services to the vital UK SME and charity sectors. HEXAD also provides data protection officer (DPO) services to several organisations based in the UK and US together with UK GDPR representative services for non UK domiciled organisations.

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CentriVault

CentriVault has been established as a leading innovative independent provider of cyber and data security. As a certification body for Cyber Essentials and with a team accredited in all areas of ISO 27001, we are here to help any size organisation achieve their certification ambitions in cyber security. We like to be seen as your own internal infosec function but without the significant costs.

 

Our team is built up of seasoned industry and academic experts with years of research in the field of cyber security. Our areas of expertise include operational cyber recovery, incident management, cyber policy making, data protection guidance, training, compliance insights & testing, security behavioural change and cyber security culture development.

 

We also have significant experience in supply chain security and resilience where we have helped organisations strengthen and reduce their supply chain risks.

 

Our recent focus is on assisting smaller companies to achieve the necessary levels of security so their businesses can be protected and grow – a key reason why we helped establish the Cyber Advisory Service. All our work is delivered through three core beliefs: Quality, Clarity and Value.

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