Against a backdrop of frequent and costly cyber-attacks in the UK and internationally, Templar Executives has worked successfully with a FTSE 100 company to raise its cyber maturity level… in only 9 months!

Companies experiencing cyber-attacks and breaches are commonplace as we see the phenomenal growth in digital, mobile technology. We see the headlines, and it is all bad news – an estimated 50 million cyber-attacks a year in the UK, costing the UK economy a staggering £27bn and so on…

By acting proactively and responsibly, organisations can make a difference – safeguarding their reputation, customers, employees and ultimately positively impacting business results.

Is making this change too difficult? Not if organisations adopt the right approach.

Templar Executives has demonstrated this, undertaking a project with a FTSE 100 company that has raised its cyber security maturity level in less than 9 months, against a recognised government framework; a remarkable achievement in such a short time period.

Why did we succeed? Templar’s unique solution was based on a holistic approach, driven from the top, to all levels of the organisation. Moreover, the results were measurable.

It started with the Board getting involved – taking accountability and developing the right strategy and policies, having an honest assessment of current cyber maturity and where they need to be. They recognised the value of cyber security and information assurance, that it was a market differentiator.

Of course, having the right technology and processes is important – but Templar Executives recognise that culture is equally important. Cyber security and information assurance is also a people issue. So, a communication and training campaign was launched across the business. These involved face-to-face workshops with key SMEs, information asset owners, managers, and leading edge e-learning for all employees.

By implementing this holistic strategy, focussing on technology, processes and people, Templar Executives were able to affect a significant change, as shown by assessment on completion.

Through this integrated approach, a positive culture change occurred. Processes were better, systems were more secure, the behaviours and best practices of employees improved – ultimately raising the cyber maturity level.