Orange Business Services has hatched a security consulting practice that aims to help multinational organisations protect their information security across the global enterprise.
Ian Eaton has been promoted to lead the local security practice.
“Threats come and go, but the human factor is the biggest threat for an organisation and one they can’t get rid of,” Eaton said. “We will help an organisation with ways of mitigating the human threat factor.”
While cybercrime and industrial espionage (particularly in mining) are growing concerns, he said the more immediate challenge for a multinational was about understanding how to protect their information assets.
“Every organisation is different – take a look at banking, for example. There are big differences within the market on what is a higher risk,” Eaton said. “It’s all about the information and protecting it.”
Eaton said he will aim to bridge the gap between business concerns and technical implementation.
“Often an organisation doesn’t understand the risks, so I will look at the business processes and give security guidelines,” he said, adding there was often a disconnect between the priorities identified by business leaders and the security solutions deployed by the technical teams.
The local security consulting practice complements the company’s security repertoire, and follows the example of the European implementation of the practice, Eaton said.
“Adding the security practice is another feather in the cap. We’re not just offering managed security services to multinationals, but now adding the consulting element to help cover off the whole end-to-end offering,” he said.