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Ex-Sainsbury’s security team leader to head up SecureData’s CISO-as-a-service

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Ex-Sainsbury’s security team leader to head up SecureData’s CISO-as-a-service

New CISO to oversee practice and drive security awareness programmes in mid-size enterprises

23 July, Maidstone, Kent 2014: Complete security service provider, SecureData has today announced former Sainsbury’s security team leader, Mark Sprules has arrived to spearhead its in demand CISO-as-a-Service practice, and promote security awareness programmes in the mid-enterprise market.

CISO-as-a-service was designed to assist mid-size enterprise businesses in developing and maintaining an Information Security Management System (ISMS), and Sprules will be responsible for the company’s existing base of clients in sectors such as retail, property, publishing and charity as well as the day-to-day assurance of its own CISO duties and ISO 27001 requirements.

The practice, developed by head of compliance, Carl Shallow, has grown due to an increase in demand for services in this area and is another sign of a client shift towards a more service-orientated approach.

Prior to SecureData, Sprules led a team of information security analysts at Sainsbury’s since 2008, and worked closely with business stakeholders for the risk assessment and compliance of newly selected 3rd parties and secure delivery of business solutions.

With over 27 years’ experience, he will also provide strategic security and information risk assessment, guidance on threat detection, protection measures and response planning for security incidents.

Multiple certifications in the ISO27000 series, which represent best practice standards for ISMS, will also see Sprules strengthen SecureData’s data handling specifications across the entire business.

SecureData CEO, Etienne Greeff comments:
“The demand for security expertise in the mid-enterprise market is rising sharply; businesses know they need specialist expertise but not necessarily for 100% of the time.”

“But perhaps more poignantly, organisations are also beginning to realise that there isn’t always a technology solution to deal with security, and that introducing specialist third-party knowledge, experience and bandwidth is becoming increasingly necessary in the fight against cyber threats.”

“Even in a part-time capacity, services like this will ensure smaller organisations are assessing risk, detecting threats, protecting valuable assets and responding to breaches far more efficiently.”

Mark Sprules, CISO at SecureData adds:
“Not every organisation can justify the expenditure of a full-time security specialist, and it is great to be joining a company like SecureData that recognises each company’s requirements are different.

“The CISO service is designed to be flexible and help organisations regardless of size and maturity, so depending on the existing culture it can help in different ways; company-wide security awareness programmes, feeding ideas in to senior management or providing routine compliance and framework consultancy for auditing – all of these fall under the CISO-as-a-service umbrella.”

Notes to editors:
1. If you would like to speak with CEO Etienne Greeff about this announcement, please contact Olie Mitchell (olie@hitfirstbase.com) on 020 3542 6644 to arrange an interview.

2. For more information on SecureData’s CISO-as-a-service practice, please visit https://www.secdata.com/solutions/ciso-as-a-service for a brief overview.

About SecureData
SecureData is a complete security service provider with a proactive approach. We minimise business disruption for our clients and offer the complete security spectrum from assessing risk to detecting threats, protecting valuable assets and responding to breaches when they happen.

We specialise in providing managed services that help businesses secure their data and networks, fight an increasing array of cyber threats, optimise networks to improve employee mobility, ensure regulatory compliance and allow the safe adoption of both cloud computing and consumer technologies in the workplace.

Operating from its UK based Security Operations Centre; the company offers manned support on a 24 x 7 x 365 basis, with its own unique real-time monitoring service developed in-house and tailored to suit both small businesses and large corporate enterprises alike.

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