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How implementing the right technology and continually monitoring your environment will prevent severe repercussions of failing to comply with regulatory compliance

  We recently in a blog and infographic focused on the Top 5 ways to prevent the impact of failing to comply with regulatory compliance. The impact is clear, regardless of the Regulation that you have to comply to. There’s the reputational damage, the potential legal implications, as well as...
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Painting the Picture – Visualising Cyber Risks for Executive Decision Making

In a recent blog we explored how CISO’s can effectively communicate cyber risks to senior executives, focusing on the communication strategies that should be deployed in order to get buy-in at a senior level. One element discussed was using dashboards as a powerful communication tool to really amplify the cyber...
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Cyber Essentials Plus Auditing made easy: How Continuous Controls Monitoring Smooths the Process and Provides Assurance of Compliance.   Cyber Essentials is used by many organisations to ensure that they are adequately protecting themselves against cyber-attacks. Backed by the Government and required when working with Government bodies, Cyber Essentials provides a robust framework for businesses to focus their cyber security efforts. Cyber Essentials Plus, whilst no different...
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Balancing Business Growth and Security Amid Cyber-Threats: The Role of CISOs

In today’s evolving landscape CISO’s have to be so much more than the guardians of cyber security in their organisations. It’s true that it is their primary objective but the role of the CISO has, and is, evolving constantly and now needs to be multi-dimensional, balancing business objectives and collaborating...
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Effectively Conveying Cyber Risks to Senior Board Executives

The number one risk to any business is ineffective cyber security because of the catastrophic implications on their reputational and financial status. However, it has become apparent that being able to effectively communicate that risk to Boards and senior executives within an organisation is becoming increasingly difficult,  leaving cyber security...
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The High Severity Impact of failing to Comply to your Regulatory Compliance Requirements

It is unlike us at QO to project the negativity of the world as it is as, like our platform, we like to offer solutions to problems. But there is no denying the severity to businesses when they fail to comply with regulatory requirements - and there is no time...
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The Price of Technical Debt to Enterprises According to a 2020 report from the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ), technical debt in the U.S. alone has ballooned to over $2 trillion every year and 23-42% of development time is wasted because of that tech debt. Its’s a balancing act; Enterprises must keep as operationally fluid...
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Communicating the Strategic Importance of Continuous Controls Monitoring to the Board: A Guide for CISOs

Its well documented that Boards are now placing a greater focus on reviewing and analysing budget spend for cyber security teams. So, in order for CISO’s to effectively communicate the significance and value of implementing a technology such as Continuous Controls Monitoring (CCM), it’s imperative that they articulate this through...
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Addressing Regulatory Compliance Challenges in Businesses: Can Automation Solve the Issues of Continuous Monitoring and Asset Management?

The year 2024 is set to bring forth significant challenges in upholding regulatory compliance due to the rapid changes in regulations. While comprehending assets has always been integral to various compliance regulations, there is a growing emphasis on continuous monitoring in regulatory compliance, irrespective of industry-specific compliance frameworks. Automation stands...
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Navigating SOC 2 Compliance: Addressing Organisational Challenges and Enhancing Support through Continuous Controls Monitoring Service Organisation Controls 2 or SOC2 is a regulatory framework focused on securing and managing data relevant to cloud and technology organisations. Developed by the AICPA – the American Institute of CPA’s – it is specifically designed for service providers storing customer data in the cloud and is crucial...
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Unlocking SOX Compliance: Navigating Business Challenges with Continuous Controls Monitoring What is SOX? The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, is a U.S. federal law that was a response to several corporate financial scandals that occurred in the early 2000’s. The primary objective of SOX is to ensure that investors and the public are protected by financial institutions having to ensure...
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Is that DORA calling? Why we all need to be ready for the Digital Operational Resilience Act and how Continuous Controls Monitoring can support compliance What is Dora? Well DORA is not your favourite aunt that’s for sure but DORA is going to become pretty important to those of us in cyber security risk and compliance! The Digital Operational Resilience Act is going to be enforceable by 2025. DORA is becoming rather pivotal in...
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How can challenges of compliance with ISO 27001 be alleviated and transformative with Continuous Controls Monitoring Most enterprises are familiar with compliance to ISO 27001 -, the international standard for information security management systems (ISMS). However, many can often face a range of challenges when trying to be compliant with ISO 27001. There is commonality of organisational challenges, but these can vary depending on the...
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The challenges of PCI compliance and how CCM can support organisations in their quest to comply

  PCI DSS is a set of security standards designed to ensure the protection of cardholder data and is mandatory for organisations that handle payment card information.  However, complying with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) can be a complex and challenging process and these challenges can...
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Enhancing NIST Regulation Compliance: Leveraging Continuous Controls Monitoring for Success

NIST Cyber Security framework is widely recognised and adhered to by most enterprise organisations, focusing on guidelines and best practises for improving cyber security. The guidance it provides is invaluable to organisations, however it poses many challenges in maintaining complete regulatory compliance. Adherence can be challenging for a number of...
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Cyber Risk Versus Threat – What’s the Difference and why do Organisations Need to Focus on Both?

  Let’s address the difference between cyber risk and cyber threat  Managing risk and addressing threats in cyber security is a critical aspect of an organisation's overall security strategy. Essentially organisations need to have a proactive outlook implementing measures to identify and mitigate potential risks and reactive steps to respond...
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Are Boards in the UK struggling to understand the cyber risk compared to their international counterparts?

Levels of concern and focus on cyber risk can vary from one organisation to another, regardless of their location. While some UK boards may appear to be less concerned with cyber risk compared to their international counterparts, the level of concern often depends on various factors, including the specific industry,...
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Why Continuous Controls Monitoring should be considered in 2024 Enterprise Businesses Budgets

Continuous Controls Monitoring (CCM) is a crucial component of a comprehensive risk management and compliance strategy for businesses. So, when people consider their 2024 financial budgets, how can CISO’s and senior security leadership teams present a compelling argument to obtain the investment they need to implement CCM? Draw out the...
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Why Would a Business Use Continuous Controls Monitoring to Identify and Track their Assets?

Why would a business use Continuous Controls Monitoring to identify and track their Assets? So many businesses that have grown will have had teams come and go, as well as new tech and processes implemented, so it’s no wonder that assets get forgotten. That is when they often implement a...
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What Does it Mean to have Total Asset Visibility and Why is it Imperative for Businesses?

What Does it Mean to have Total Asset Visibility and Why is it Imperative for Businesses? Total Asset Visibility is a comprehensive and real-time understanding of all the assets owned, used, or managed by a business. These assets can include physical items like inventory, equipment, machinery, vehicles and facilities, as...
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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 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.

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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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