Esoteric, a globally renowned counter-espionage and counter-eavesdropping specialists, has launched new branding to reflect its trusted and holistic approach to protecting confidential information. Since its conception by lifetime Managing Director Emma Shaw MBA CSyP FSyl FCMI, Esoteric has evolved to become more than a specialist provider of TSCM (Technical Surveillance Countermeasures) services. While remaining at the forefront of TSCM service delivery with expertly trained engineers utilising sophisticated equipment to detect the latest threats, Esoteric has established itself as a provider of complementary and compounding services which help individuals, organisations and government bodies to protect their confidential information from the threats of espionage and eavesdropping. Effective threat mitigation The increase in cyber risk has been phenomenal, but it only represents one part of the espionage jigsaw" Emma Shaw, Esoteric Managing Director, comments “Since I founded Esoteric in 1998, I have been proud to witness the growth and evolution of our service to respond to the threats which our client portfolio face. The increase in cyber risk has been phenomenal, but it only represents one part of the espionage jigsaw. The insider threat is as prolific as it has ever been and the techniques used by the adversary have become more sophisticated overall, but the threats from traditional eavesdropping still remain.” Esoteric’s range of services now represents complete and effective threat mitigation encompassing technical, physical and administrative controls to protect valuable assets, information and conversations. These include information security strategy, physical penetration testing, TSCM training and employee awareness briefings, electromagnetic egress reviews, RF attenuation testing, cyber espionage and digital forensics, TSCM equipment and in-place monitoring systems. Protecting clients’ confidential Emma comments “Our new branding represents an acknowledgement of our evolution plus where we will continue to focus our energy - on protecting clients’ confidential information. All of the elements combine to represent this mission, as well as our core values of integrity, professionalism, expertise and creative thinking. With this renewed look, we are ready to face 2021 and the espionage challenges which it will no doubt bring.”
ISO/IEC 27001 is the internationally recognised best practice standard for an ISMS Esoteric, a counterespionage and electronic sweeping company, announced that after a rigorous evaluation of its information security processes, they have been granted ISO 27001 certification by British Standards Institution (BSI). Protecting information The accreditation demonstrates the company’s commitment to information security, both of internal data and that of the clients and partners, who entrust them with their valuable sensitive information. Compliance with the International Organisation for Standardisation's (ISO) strict requirements highlights a commitment to using best practice, providing the clients and partners reassurance with the handling and protection of their information. "We place the highest priority on information security, our ISO 27001 certification demonstrates our commitment to continual improvement and confirms our policies and practises comply with the most stringent standards," stated Peter Gregg, Operations & Compliance Manager. ISMS framework ISO/IEC 27001 is the internationally recognised best practice standard for an information security management system (ISMS). The ISMS framework of policies and procedures includes legal, physical, and technical controls involved in information risk management and covers people, processes, and technology. For more than 100 years, BSI have led the way in standards. They are among the most respected and reputable management systems certification bodies in the world and are accredited by around 20 local and international bodies. "We recognise that information is one of a company's most valuable assets, any risk to the integrity of that data can make or break a business, security threats impact a company financially, impede expansion, prevent client attraction, damage assets and above all impact reputation," remarked Emma Shaw, Managing Director. When properly managed, a successful information security policy allows an organisation to operate with confidence—something the Esoteric team lives by and advocates for all its clients.
Concept of a gathering of security organisations was based on working together for benefit of the sector Eighteen security organisations and associations attended the first meeting of a new Security Commonwealth hosted by UBM in London on 4th February. The Security Institute initiated the gathering, which included representatives from the Defence Industry Security Association, the Royal United Services Institute, the British Security Industry Association, ASIS UK Chapter 208, the International Professional Security Association, the Register of Chartered Security Professionals, the Association of Security Consultants, the Association of University Chief Security Officers, the Pharmaceutical Industry Security Forum, the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the City of London Crime Prevention Association, the Fire and Security Association, the Womens Security Society, and the Security Awareness Special Interest Group. Also in attendance was Bill Butler, the CEO of the Security Industry Authority, along with the Director General of the sector skills body, Skills For Security. The concept of a gathering of security organisations working together for the benefit of the sector is not new, and has certainly been tried in the past. Some will remember the Joint Security Industry Council, and in more recent times, the Security Regulation Alliance which campaigned so successfully in support of the (then) threatened Security Industry Authority. The key to success, all agreed, is maintaining a fair balance, and making sure there is a job to be done. The Manifesto for Professional Security, published by the Security Institute in November last year, provides many challenges and ideas for the group to develop. Their next meeting will start to look at common themes amongst commonwealth members, in order to set priorities and targets for the group. Feedback Emma Shaw CSyP, chairman of the Security Institute, led the first meeting's discussions, which she hopes to be the start of a new era in collaboration in the security sector. "We received an excellent response to the idea of setting up a "Security Commonwealth" and I am pleased that all of the organisations involved are able to see the benefits of sharing ideas and pooling efforts where it is practical to do so. The profession is currently perceived by some as disjointed and lacking a single authoritative voice that represents the broader security community. The benefits to the sector, businesses and more importantly, the general public, could be significant and I welcome any opportunities where members and leaders of our profession can come together to discuss and share common ideas to develop our profession further. The inaugural meeting was successful and I am delighted there was a very real spirit of cooperation; I hope this forum will grow, and become even more representative."
The Charity offers comprehensive support to British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty The Security Institute is proud to announce that its designated Chairman's Charity for 2015 will be Help for Heroes. The Charity offers comprehensive support to British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty, a cause that is clearly close to our heart in light of the fact that many of our members have served their country across the armed forces. Since its founding in October 2007 the money raised by the hugely generous public has been used to support the wounded, but there is still so much more to do. Soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need support tomorrow and in the days that follow. Security Institute Director, Richard Bell said "We try to select a charity partner that will be highly relevant to our membership and which we believe is making a significant difference to the lives of the people it aims to help. Many of our members have served in the military and whilst they have been fortunate to be able to forge new careers in security upon leaving the armed services, many of their former colleagues face significant challenges as a result of injuries suffered in the line of duty." Bell's comments were endorsed by Institute Chairman, Emma Shaw, "We are immensely proud to be supporting a charity that has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time. Last year we gave almost £30,000 to our charity partner and I am confident that we can surpass that figure in 2015. We have a number of fund-raising activities planned throughout the coming year and will be seeking to raise awareness of Help for Heroes at all our events." Bryn Parry, Co-Founder of Help for Heroes commented "We'd like to thank The Security Institute for choosing Help for Heroes as its Chairman's Charity for 2015; your support will make a huge difference to the lives of some very brave men and women. The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over but for many members of the Armed Forces and their families, their battles are just beginning. We won't let them battle alone.”
The Security Institute also jointly raised £14,618.26 at the inaugural Joint Security Associations Annual Fundraising Event The Security Institute is delighted to announce that it helped raise £28,795.79 for its Chairman's Charity PTSD Resolution in 2014. It raised £14,177.53 at various Security Institute events during 2014. In addition to this amount, The Security Institute also jointly raised £14,618.26 at the inaugural Joint Security Associations Annual Fundraising Event which took place on 30th September 2014. Every year the Security Institute Chairman chooses a charity partner to work with throughout the year. PTSD Resolution is a charity that offers a unique service counselling to the UK Armed Forces, TA and Regular Reserves, including their dependants, to relieve mental health problems resulting from Military Service and the traumas that they have faced. The PTSD Resolution Outreach Programme has over 200 counsellors trained in trauma-focussed cognitive behavioural therapy and provides a valuable contact point for anyone requiring counselling, complimentary to the work of the other armed forces charities. Emma Shaw, Chairman of the Security Institute commented "PTSD is something that wrecks lives and destroys families yet treatment is relatively simple once the symptoms are diagnosed. With each course of treatment costing around £550 per PTSD sufferer, we have ensured that 52 more lives will be put back together and 52 ex-servicemen or women can get on with their lives with full peace of mind." Patrick Rea, a trustee of PTSD Resolution, echoed these words: "PTSD is often hidden from view but has serious implications, with high suicide and offender rates amongst veterans. We rely on the support of the public to help us to fund treatment for these men and women. The support of the Security Institute in making us their dedicated charity is most welcome."