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Continuous CCM monitoring: new analysis maps out 75% annual cost savings on audits and compliance

Cyber security and risk management spending is forecast to grow yet again in 2021, putting even further strain on businesses and their profits. But should boardrooms accept the need for bigger and bigger budgets, or look for more effective solutions?

Talking to CEOs, CFOs and CISOs regularly, as we do, it’s clear they’re not happy with the growing level of budget and workforce resources they need to allocate to protect their operations, reputations and profits from cyber threats and carry out the necessary audits and compliance work.

Even so, many business leaders believe this increasing year-on-year spend to be “a necessary evil”. Others, however, are actively seeking – and finding – a solution that can both dramatically reduce costs and dramatically improve their security posture and peace of mind.

So what are the facts with regard to increasing cyber security spending, and what can be done?

Gartner: Cyber security spend keeps growing – and it’s the top priority for new spending

Gartner has forecast that security and risk management spending worldwide will grow 12.4% to reach $150.4 billion in 2021. That’s up from a 6.4% increase in spending in 2020, so the rate of spend growth has almost doubled in 12 months.

The Gartner 2021 COO Agenda Survey, meanwhile, revealed that cyber security was the top priority for new spending, with 61% of 2,000-plus CIOs surveyed increasing their organisation’s investment in cyber/information security in 2021.

This comes on top of Gartner’s Emerging Risks Monitor Report stating that cybersecurity control failures” are the #1 concern of business executives globally”.

All of this paints a costly, worrying and stressful picture for those at the top of any medium-size or large organisation with high compliance requirements.

The automated, cost-cutting, risk-reducing solution – encapsulated in a single infographic

The good news is that our new infographic ‘Cost benefits and ROI of Quod Orbis Continuous Controls Monitoring‘ depicts an altogether more positive picture for businesses.

This graphical analysis also demonstrates and details quite clearly that throwing more money and resources at the cyber security problem is definitely not the solution.

But applying greater intelligence, sophistication and automation certainly can be – and this can actually result in major cost reductions.

Intelligence, sophistication and automation are all key characteristics of Quod Orbis Continuous Controls Monitoring – a Managed Security Software-as-a-Service solution that at once delivers dramatic cost reduction married to equally dramatic improvement in security posture.

Download our cost analysis infographic pdf.

So what is continuous controls monitoring

First, let’s be clear what Continuous Controls Monitoring is not. It’s not “the next security product”. It’s more all-encompassing than that.

Continuous Controls Monitoring is a more mature, cost-effective and transformative approach to cyber security audits and compliance.

It’s an always-on, automated, 24/7, real-time solution that maximises your cyber investment and reduces your costs and risk at enterprise level in ways never before possible.

Continuous Controls Monitoring, as delivered by Quod Orbis, is effectively a single pane of glass through which our clients can view all their security products, processes and controls via user-friendly dashboards.

And that pane of glass is available on a personalised, role-specific ‘need to know’ basis across the enterprise, from cyber and risk operations through to the boardroom.

Cost savings, value-add and ROI explained

Critically, this new cost analysis infographic details exactly the kind of cost savings, value-add and ROI that a typical medium/large FTSE 500 organisation with high compliance demands can expect to achieve – and how, in practice, this will actually be achieved.

Indeed, the enlightening infographic content makes a compelling business case for Continuous Controls Monitoring versus the traditional, labour-intensive and often backwards-focused approach to cyber security audits and compliance.

The infographic compares and explains through data and visuals:

  • Workload, outcomes and typical resourcing and costs across the key cyber/information security areas of Metrics, Compliance, Risk, Hygiene and Maturity
  • The recurring problems encountered when operating a traditional, manual approach to cyber security-related audits and compliance
  • The transformation of workload, outcomes and costs made possible by implementing Quod Orbis Continuous Controls Monitoring, delivered as a Managed Security Software-as-a-Service (MS-SaaS) solution
  • Key examples of how this transformation is achieved through, for example, automatic, continuous, real-time monitoring of controls in a single pane of glass, and audit and compliance automation.

Cut audits and compliance costs by around 75% a year

Finally, the infographic presents the key benefits of Quod Orbis Continuous Controls Monitoring.

Not least of these are complete cyber controls visibility and a cost reduction of around 75% a year compared to the traditional approach to cyber security audits and compliance.

Bolstering the financial case still further is ROI payback within a remarkably short period of time. Added to which, the Quod Orbis CCM solution is managed software as a service, so there’s minimal or no overhead.

So, far from thinking that your organisation needs to throw more money and more people at the cyber security problem, the time has come for a new mindset.

Position your organisation ahead of the curve

Yes, the business world as a whole is increasing its spending on cyber security.

Equally, the smart money is looking very closely at the most effective way to dip the upward trajectory of the cyber security spending graph and, at the same time, deliver dramatically reduced business risk.

Continuous Controls Monitoring – recognised by Gartner as a fast-emerging risk management solution, and with a Garner Benefit Rating of “High” – is where the more informed and questioning corporate eye is settling.

Download our cost analysis infographic – ‘Cost benefits and ROI of Quod Orbis Continuous Controls Monitoring‘ – and you’ll begin to understand why.

Then to arrange a meeting, and to see a demo of the Quod Orbis Continuous Controls Monitoring solution, simply contact us now or call Alastair Dickson at Quod Orbis on +44 (0)7939 286 006.


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Ian Waggott

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A very experienced and respected Senior Leadership Executive, with over 30 years’ experience in Information Technology, Information/CyberSecurity and Risk. Specialises in delivering business transformation, leading people through change and taking them on a journey to deliver and exceed company expectations. Highly regarded by his peers and colleagues across the globe. A very confident and effective communicator at CXO level, and valued as an expert presenter at numerous worldwide forums  . Across his career been in Senior CISO and leadership positions in Banking, Telco, Network & Utilities, Several UK Government Departments, 

Has extensive Cyber Security, Operational Risk, Compliance and Business Transformation expertise, gained across a broad range of industries. Former Director of Cybersecurity for CGI and CapGemini and Ex CISO for O2.

Will Tonge

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Will has spent the last 9-years embedded in Cyber Security working with global, household names and innovative start-ups.

Passionate about bringing people and technology together, Will has worked in various settings, helping build high-growth organisations across multiple sectors. During this time, he has built an extensive network with access to some of the best talent out there.

Outside of QO, his young daughter keeps him well on his toes!

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Mark Hudson

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Mark works with SMEs and charities to develop strategies to help them grow and access development capital. He is a NED, charity trustee and mentor to a wide range of people. His plural career started in 2017 after 16 years at pwc as a Deals partner working with large corporates and PE houses; at pwc he also ran the Retail and Consumer practice and was Chairman of the pwc UK Supervisory Board. Prior to pwc he was an executive director at Welcome Break and Iceland Group, and a partner at Bain and Company. He trained as an engineer at Imperial College and has an MBA from INSEAD. 

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Eamon Flavin

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Eamon is a highly regarded and massively respected technology career professional as well as serial entrepreneur. He has started, grown and successfully taken to market three technology business.

Genuinely expert in technology, Eamon has enjoyed long-term working relationships with many of the world’s top companies and organisations in finance, banking, government, manufacturing, engineering, technology and the charities sector.

He draws on unparalleled contacts and experience and provides advice, solutions and recommendations, as well as helping respond to emergencies. Eamon has grown in-house and client teams and has a gift for hiring great people.

Peter Martin

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Peter has the ability to do what many fail to and that is to consistently bring together highly professional teams and build a business environment that is supportive, agile, professional and where everyone enjoys coming into the office.

Bringing a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge to the role of non-exec director, Peter has already demonstrated his ability to bring an exceptional flair for dealing with complex situations with a clear, considered approach.

Personally, Peter brings humility and a strong moral compass to the team. His disarming and self-deprecating approach wins everyone over.

Anwen Haynes

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Anwen has worked in B2B and B2C marketing for over 20 years. From transforming end-to-end customer journeys in retail with strategic customer-centric plans to target driven focused strategies for B2B sales. With extensive experience in digital marketing including SEO, as well as Brand development, she loves to develop a cohesive approach to brand image and communications to drive and develop the business proposition and perception.

Alice Walker

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Alice has worked in the IT industry for 20 years. Starting in Procurement, she moved into Software Asset Management before transitioning into Customer Success Management. Working across a variety of roles for different industries as both a customer and a service provider has given her a great understanding of what makes a great service. She has always been passionate about building and maintaining great customer relationships and helping her customers achieve their goals.

Owain Rowley

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Owain has spent nearly a decade building software solutions and products within the cyber security sphere for the likes of government entities, large telecommunication companies, banks and card transaction companies.

This level of experience allows him to swiftly identify business and security processes that can be streamlined with automation, increase the efficiency of existing processes, as well as generate insightful data visualisations and models for members of an organisation at each different level.

Ami Penolver

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Ami is a finance sector career professional, with many years’ experience working in financial services, both in London and throughout the UK. In addition to financial control, she looks after HR and legal for the company.

Being a mother of two also equips her with the basic skills required to manage a senior team of management and technology consultants.

Ami’s sense of balance and perspective is an essential ingredient of the Quod Orbis culture.

Alastair Dickson

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Alastair has spent the last 20 years working in Cyber Security and Risk Management. He is a passionate believer that security solutions should enable a business to take advantage of all the benefits of the digital world, while not putting the organisation’s data or productivity at risk.

Alastair has developed high-performing teams in some of the industry’s most competitive markets and launched new innovative technologies to market.

Being a rugby coach, and also having four sons at home, means he has lots of experience in keeping a passionate team in order but always has time for some fun!

Gary Penolver


Gary has 15 years’ experience in senior technology roles, and has already been closely involved in starting and taking two technology companies to market.

Totally comfortable with a fast-moving, state-of-the-art technical landscape, he helps his clients maintain and improve security and compliance.

He has a reputation for delivering pragmatic and easy to maintain solutions – business owners and managers enjoy knowing that the security and compliance is well managed and automated, properly instrumented and reported at a competitive cost point.

Honest, open, unflappable and very social, Gary is trusted by many household-name organisations to protect their, and their client’s data.

Martin Greenfield


Martin is an experienced technology and organisational transformation specialist and an excellent, proven leader and communicator in mission-critical operations, particularly in security technology.

Over the past 20 years, multi-billion pound commercial organisations, including global banks, utilities and major investment funds have trusted Martin to transform their operations to meet financial, operational and compliance targets.

Martin optimises operations, managing and transforming operational teams of between 50 and 500 people, to deliver the highest levels of audit compliance, risk management and financial efficiency.

Often working with other major consultancies and suppliers for new global corporate owners or management teams, Martin will help integrate and streamline operations on a global basis.

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