APMG helps businesses elevate their cyber defences with new tool

APMG-International has launched a new risk assessment tool to help businesses in the UK reinforce their cyber security.

The new Cyber Defence Capability Assessment Tool (CDCAT) is designed to build awareness of the importance of cyber security assessment at an organisational level.

Designed for businesses of all sizes, CDCAT aims to make the complex world of cyber security more accessible and easier to understand. Drawing on military, government and industry controls and standards to consolidate the most effective practices, CDCAT provides a methodology and scoring system for cyber defence preparedness.

“There is a growing recognition that technical solutions can only go so far in helping businesses to protect their data, without the appropriate culture and management framework in place to support them,” said Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG.

“Ultimate responsibility for cyber security rests at Board level, and it is critical that businesses get a clear, objective picture of their potential vulnerabilities so that they can reinforce their weak spots – which is what CDCAT provides. Armed with this knowledge it’s possible to implement an evidence-based strategy to mitigate risks to critical information assets and reduce the impact of problems as they arise.

The tool incorporates a comprehensive set of best practice standards, including ISO/IEC 27001:2013, the US’s NIST Cyber Security Framework, UK’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security and Cyber Essentials and as a result, CDCAT is able to provide a thorough cyber-security assessment delivered as a .net application, having been reengineered from its initial MooD platform.

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