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Why is our Holistic Approach important?

We appreciate that security risk, in the same way as enterprise risk, cannot be considered in isolated silos. Today's interconnected and complex business systems and structures simply don’t conform to simplistic, outmoded rules. If risk assessment is limited to specific assets and the bigger, broader interrelated issues are not considered, the result is inevitably less well informed and unable to reflect accurately the full extent of the risk and how vulnerable an organisation might be. Our Holistic Approach offers a significantly enhanced method of managing security risk that is fit for today's business environment.

Over the years, CornerStone has consistently pioneered the development of contemporary security risk management practices. Our Unified Security Risk Management® model provides a truly joined-up and inclusive way of addressing some of the trickiest security challenges.

By carefully considering an organisation's operating requirements, a larger range of vulnerabilities and a more pertinent array of threats, the more accurate our calculations of security risk become. Our risk mitigation programmes consistently reduce risk levels and provide efficiency and operational benefits. A win-win solution that delivers enhanced value as well as better security.

Our viewpoint

Consulting process

In addition to security and broader business operations, our uniquely developed consulting process focuses on our client’s operating environment and establishes the optimum security measures necessary for it to function effectively, yet efficiently. An important part of the process is calculating the likely business impact of potential security-related incidents, and then prioritising the assets affected. This informs our recommendations and ensures suitable protection or mitigation can be applied.

Comprehensive view of your risk

By taking a holistic approach to risk assessment we are able to remove factors that could create undesirable surprises in the future.

Better threat analysis

A key aspect of any risk calculation is the potential threat of a situation or outcome occurring. Our enhanced, broader threat analysis informs a more accurate risk calculation

Reducing vulnerabilities

The less vulnerable an organisation is, the better able it is to prevent the more damaging aspects of a security breach. Our delivery process enables us to issue a prioritised action plan that defines how weaknesses can be mitigated

Link between operational and strategic level risk

We understand that the only effective way to positively impact many aspects of strategic level risk is by focussing at the operational level of an organisation

Operational efficiencies

Through the delivery of our Unified Security Risk Management® process we are often able to identify ways to introduce operational efficiencies

Delivering value

While our holistic proposition reduces risk levels and improves protection and resilience, we work hard to identify ways to add value throughout every engagement

Our approach

Our Unified Security Risk Management® methodology reflects the bigger picture and reduces security risk levels while ensuring budgets are appropriately aligned with needs. We deliver greater value by mapping how mitigation impacts not only a single vulnerability but a comprehensive array of security weaknesses across a broad mix of asset categories. This enables us to maximise the “bang for your buck” and positively impact a wider range of operational areas.

Using risk quantification to improve security design

Protection measures need to be proportionate and aligned with the level and type of risk that exists. Our Unified Security Risk Management® model significantly helps to define the mitigation measures required to reduce those risk levels. Through our comprehensive and interlinked design process, we can incorporate physical, technical (including cyber) and operational security options, to provide genuinely unified solutions. Security design activity that fails to consider the appropriate risks, threats and vulnerabilities is unable to identify the necessary impact areas and is therefore unlikely to meet its objectives  The result is either over-expenditure – the proverbial hammer used to crack a nut - or vulnerabilities being left unaddressed - neither of which are desirable.

Requirement Scoping

We use a range of techniques to explore expectations and aspirations as well as operational necessities

Threat Monitoring and Analysis

Our Threat Analysts use a range of data sources, both public and specialist, to monitor known threat actors and identify new threats

Penetration Testing

Our physical penetration testing teams are skilled in replicating the mind-set and behaviour of real adversaries to provide the most realistic test of existing security measures

Compliance Monitoring

To ensure policies and procedures are being adhered to, compliance monitoring can identify areas for procedural development and training

Cyber and Data Security

As Cyber and Data Security threats continue to expand, CornerStone's range of risk assessment and compliance services help clients to become better prepared

Security Improvement Programme

When improvements are needed, we have the experience and expertise to devise the strategy and then implement the measures that are required

Holistic Approach

Removing the gaps

CornerStone has pioneered the development of contemporary security risk management practices over many years. Our Unified Security Risk Management® model provides a truly joined-up and inclusive way of addressing some of the trickiest security challenges. Through the development of a deep understanding of security risk we have established how its identification, quantification and mitigation can be utilised to improve an organisation’s security posture, reducing risk levels whist improving business resilience and preparedness. Read about our approach related to theses specialist areas.

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